February 21, 2014

How to make a workbench frame

Materials to make the workbench frame. Rummageinthegarage

One thing that it is important to build in the woodworking shop is a table frame to use as a workbench or to attach some electric tools to the top of the table. In my case, I want one to make a homemade table saw from a skill saw and a router table from a plunge router, both in the same table.

Cleaning the mortises in the structure legs. RummageinthegarageI suppose it would be better to make two tables, one for each tool, but when I made this I thought I could make a double sliding fence to use with both tools. Steve uses a very easy system to make a frame in the video build a cheap but sturdy workbench, but I wanted to cut some notches with my saw to join the legs and the cross members. This frame consist of four legs, a couple of apron rails between each pair of legs and some reinforcements inside the corners. For the legs I will use four 7x7 treated posts (I found them cheaper than the untreated lumber) and a 3x23 beam from which I will cut some 3x7. Yes, this is a heavy  table, but steady, too.
Workbench frame plans. Rummageinthegarage
Cutting mortises in the top of the legs. RummageinthegarageThe sides are attached to the legs with glue and some screws. In the garage where I have my workshop there are a lot of temperature and humidity changes, so I won´t use the usual white carpenters glue. I need some kind of glue suitable to use for projects that will be in the exterior, so I use a polyurethane glue that will fill the gaps, too.

It is easy to cut polyurethane glue when it dries. Rummageinthegarage
Polyurethane glue pours out of the joint. RummageinthegarageIt would be great to make a detachable frame, but I think it is better to make it with very strong joints to make it steady and stable. Polyurethane glue expands and fills the gaps. Some will pour out of the joint, but it is very easy to cut when it dries.

Ready to record my youtube video. Rummageinthegarage
How to record a woodworking video. Rummageinthegarage
There you can see some of the battles I have when I record my youtube videos.

Workbench frame. This is an stable and steady table structure. Rummageinthegarage
In the end, the the structure is not very nice, but because it is to use in my woodworking shop I didn´t want to put a lot of work to make perfect and nice joints. The only thing I was worried about is to make it steady and stable, and to leave the top of the frame as perfect as possible to have a perfectly level top board when I put one.