Ok, so after 3 years of being frustrated with my shop set up, I finally decided to do something about it ! One thing that I really wanted to have an assembly table. I was always sitting on the garage floor trying to assemble furniture. My joints were always wonky, and the fact that it had carpeting did not help. Well the carpet is long gone.
The reason I had never built an assembly table before was due to space issues, but then I had an epiphany, if I could make it multipurpose, so that it actually created more space in then it would be totally worth it! I decided that my table saw, air compressor, and the air hose/reel were bulky and hard to work with (space wise). The other requirement, I had to do it CHEAP! So those were my requirements… and I met and surpassed them!
I am so excited about how it turned out!
WARNING: This is a BRAG POST, not a tutorial. I am featuring the assembly table that I made, in hopes that it will spur some ideas !
So far I had spent $6.00 on (2) 2×4’s, to supplement the lumber I had from disassembling my old work bench. (You can see my old shop here) The castors were from my old table as well, and the door was a FREE find on Craigslist! (Yes, it is solid.)
At this point I had incorporated my air compressor and my table saw, 2 of my bulkiest items in the shop! ( I did research about laying this compressor down, and it was “ok” as long as it was elevated on one end allowing it to drain). Then obviously the table saw is on the end. Next where to put my hose reel… and what to do with all the space on the far side of the compressor! I just can’t let that space go to waste! Well, I have my compressor, and air hose reel, it only makes sense to add my pneumatics! Here is what I did! I basically made a box (out of wood from yet another Free Craigslist find!) Then added a shelf and dividers, as you can see from the picture this was a lot of scrap wood pieces, all unified by paint! I just used leftover paint from the garage floor!
The last thing it needed was a backing, I just recycled the back of my Free Craigslist “thing?”. So ZERO money spent on my nailers and drills.
I made it to fit perfectly in the empty space in my assembly table. Just slid it into place.
The last thing I needed to finish up was my table top, I routed out a strip for my Kreg Clamp Tracks (ie My extra set of hands)
and then trimmed out with premium cut 1×3’s.
Look at how pretty that is! Everything has a place, and everything in it’s place. Ah… My happy place.
It wouldn’t be complete without a charging station. I was able to incorporate a power strip that allowed me to plug in the chargers, the compressor and the table saw. Eliminating all the annoying cords!
I love that the saw is mounted at the end, and creates support when cutting long pieces. Another thing I LOVE is that it collects all the sawdust! Just flip down the front, pull out the drawer, empty, replace, repeat.
What I Spent :
2×4’s – $6.00
Paneling 4×8′ – $14.00
Trim – $25.00
1×3″ s (3) – $15.00
What I spent * – $ 60.00
Like I said, this is what I made it for, the total amount reflects the money I had to spend to complete this project*. It used a lot of recycled materials from previous projects.
So, how much space are you WASTING, NOT having an assembly table !?
Thanks for reading,