Hi there! FINALLY got around to writing up this post – feels like it’s been ages since I built my table saw table. I’ve used it heaps and it’s been awesome 🙂 Enclosing it has given me heaps of dust-free storage, and having a spot for the vacuum in the table has meant that I’m more likely to hook it up – hence creating less dust to start with. This plan will focus just on the basic frame; I’ll do up another post to enclose it.
This was the first time I ever BOUGHT lumber for a project. I must admit it was a rather anxiety-provoking experience! I would have checked and re-checked the measurements at least 5 times before asking the guy at Bunnings to cut it for me. In the end, the timber cost me the grand total of $45 – ha ha! Hardly worth all the worry! The 3mm MDF board that I used to clad/enclose the table cost $5, and I already had the screws.
We got inventive for the bench top. We were at the local charity store looking for a second hand desk (didn’t want to spend much because I plan to build my own very soon! Ended up getting one for 20 bucks 🙂 ) when we saw a massive dining table for just $25. It was just MDF coated in veneer, but it was really thick and would have been double that price had we bought a sheet of it at the hardware store. We spent half an hour or so unscrewing the legs and cutting the trim off with a jig saw, but it was totally worth it!
The size of the table saw table came about to fit the space I had to work with. The depth was already set by my desk-come-workbench, and the height was set by the mitre saw table. I wanted the heights of all my benches to be the same so that I could lay long pieces of timber across when cutting with the mitre saw. The height and size of the middle shelf was dependent on the table saw that I already owned (the base model Ozito).
The actual build of this project is dead simple; however it is the calculations of the dimensions to fit your own table saw that you might need to spend some time on. I recommend reading through this plan thoroughly and then applying the plan to your own measurements before rushing out to buy materials.
Here is the basic structure of the table, highlighting pieces that are dependent on the particular table saw you have:
And here are the dimensions of my table, highlighting things to consider for your situation:
Adjust the measurements below as per your requirements.
- 19 – 20m of structural pine. I used 70mm x 35mm because it was cheaper than 90×45. I cut all my pieces out of 3 x 5400mm and 1 x 3600mm lengths; but this will be dependent on what your local hardware store carries. If you manage to get exactly what I got, cut your pieces as follows:
5400mm: 3 x 1445 + 1 x 865
5400mm: 2 x 1445 + 2 x 865 + 1 x 660
5400mm: 2 x 865 + 1 x 595 + 1 x 600 + 3 x 660 + 1 x 248
3600mm: 4 x 660 + 1 x 845
- 65mm countersunk bugle batten screws:
- 50mm countersunk phillips head screws:
- 765mm x 1500mm sheet of thick (20mm) MDF or ply
- Mitre saw or circular saw
- Impact driver with batten head and Phillips head attachments
- tape measure & pencil
Using the diagrams above, adjust the measurements of each piece based on your table saw. Work out where to screw the centre support braces (dark green in the picture in Step 2) and how high to position the middle shelf.
Put the 3 shelves together as per the diagram below. Use 2 batten head screws per join and pre drill the holes.
Attach the legs to the outside of the 3 sections using 2 batten head screws in each joint.
(It needs to be slightly longer to allow a bit of extra length for the middle shelf, so that it reaches the middle cross-brace.)
And that’s the basic table!
I’ll do another post to show how to enclose it and add shelving shortly.