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Moving Workshop Table

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In this series, Paul will be showing you how to make a Moving Workshop Table. Paul delivers a perfect project that will help support you in your everyday work in your workshop. The main super structure of this bench is built in Pine and has a laminated Plywood worktop. The addition of using Plywood creates a robust and sturdy base for those tough jobs. The joinery within this project is the most widely used joint in the world – the perennial Mortise and Tenon joint. The frame consists of, not only stopped mortise and tenon joints, but haunched mortise and tenon joints as well. These joints give the table that added strength and integrity that won’t combust under pressure. This project is a perfect start for those who are looking to get into Table making. With this design you can move on to creating your own wide range of tables such as dining tables or even kitchen tables!

If you have a hunch you’ll need help with your haunches, head over to Common Woodworking and take a look at our easy to follow guide on Haunched Mortise and Tenon joints (https://commonwoodworking.com/courses/joint-variation-haunched-mortise-and-tenon/).

You’ll also find advice on how to glue up table top laminations, which will help if you are new to the process (https://commonwoodworking.com/gluing-up-a-table-top-boards/).

17 Comments

  1. Jim Thornton on 16 May 2019 at 2:59 pm

    That’s a nice looking shop table. Easily customizable to whatever size a person wants.

  2. Paul Rowell on 16 May 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Please can we agree not to rehash the anti plywood comments we have seen recently?

  3. jurgen01 on 16 May 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Great project. It would be very useful in almost any shop or on a job site.

    I am looking forward to the new videos.

  4. Paul Davison on 17 May 2019 at 11:12 am

    Hi Paul and crew,
    Very useful project, definitely on my to do list. Just to make you aware the metric measurement of the tabletop length in the drawing is incorrect, it reads 2170mm tho im pretty sure it should be 1270.
    Keep up the great work guys, looking forward to the rest of this project.

    • Mark HawkinsTeam Member on 17 May 2019 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks, Paul! We’ve corrected the measurement almost seamlessly using information technology.

  5. scratch on 19 May 2019 at 9:34 pm

    I am thinking about using Douglas fir for this project . Any one have any idea how this wood works with hand tools?

    • Steve Hiemstra on 20 May 2019 at 2:32 am

      Like butta.

      • scratch on 20 May 2019 at 2:29 pm

        Sounds good thanks Steve

      • sanford on 22 May 2019 at 5:41 pm

        Doug fir works well with hand tools, but two things to keep in mind. Though the wood is soft, the grain can sometimes be very hard. I have had trouble planing end grain on a shooting board with a few pieces because of that hard grain. That, of course, turns on the orientation of that end grain when you are shooting. Also, Doug Fir can tear like pine when chopping mortises and dovetails so tools need to be sharp.

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 22 May 2019 at 8:21 am

      Hi,

      Paul says it works fine with hand tools no problem.

      Kind Regards,
      Izzy

      • dunnison on 12 June 2019 at 1:10 am

        Douglas-fir is beautiful. And, yes, it can work like butter, but a few things to keep in mind with Douglas-fir.

        1. Due to its very long fibers and hard and soft grain (early wood and late wood), it can give really nasty – and long – splinters. For the same reason, it is more subject to tear-out than other woods. So, be mindful of grain direction.

        Two of the nicest grain patterns – vertical and flame grain – can be particularly troublesome for splinters and tear-out.

        2. It bruises. And that bruising can be more than skin deep and not easily taken out with sanding or planing the surface.

        You might not notice the bruising until you put a finish on it, and then will wonder why it looks blotchy.

        So, careful if/when you strike it with anything. This would not be the best wood for Paul’s favorite use of his mallet.

        3. It gets hard and brittle with age.

        This can make it easily fracture if you are disassembling and reassembling something or trying to salvage older pieces, for example, and makes the splintering problem worse. If you are using nails, it is highly advisable to drill first.

        4. Pitch pockets

        D-fir commonly has pitch pockets. Use of shellac is HIGHLY recommended to seal in the pitch. Otherwise, it can ooze out for at least a hundred years (seriously).

        5. Darkens with exposure to light.

        Though this may be a desirable feature, it is worth being aware of. Probably not an issue for a project like this, but if you are using it for flooring, for example, area rugs can leave geometric patterns. To my knowledge, unlike cherry, you can’t really ‘pre-condition’ the darkening by simply putting it out int he sun for a day or so.

  6. Marc-Andre Petit on 20 May 2019 at 3:58 am

    Thank you for doing a project like this! I always try to get new idea to improve my small garage workshop and i can see a lot of usefulness in here!

  7. woodturner on 22 May 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Hello,
    I noticed that the top rails do not have a full haunch but a slanted one. Can you please explain what is the difference? When do we use one or the other? In general what is the purpose of haunches anyway.

    Thanks for your response.

    • Joseph SellersTeam Member on 22 May 2019 at 3:14 pm

      Hi @woodturner

      My dad touches on this briefly in the second episode. It is sort of a halfway haunch. It adds more strength than leaving it off would but is less effort. We are trying to show some slightly nuanced techniques that might not be used in furniture making but are appropriate for workshop fixtures. There may not be a huge difference but there is a slight time saving element which adds up given the number of joints.

      Best,

      Joseph

      • woodturner on 24 May 2019 at 12:49 pm

        Thank you Joseph.

      • joeleonetti on 28 May 2019 at 4:17 pm

        Thanks Joseph. I appreciate the nuanced info. In some respects getting nuanced info is the hardest part of online learning. I appreciate it when Paul puts it into his videos.

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