Daniel Taylor, Carpenter & Owner
Mooresville, NC

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New JWAC Workshop Build: Part 4- Shop furniture, Storage, and Final touches

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 11:45 AM

With the walls cladded, it was time to move into the final stage of setup on the woodshop: shop furninture. 

First up was the Assembly Table. Much of what we curently build is farm tables and benches. The previous assembly table stood about 20" off of the ground. While it was better than working on the floor (that's how we started!), it still did create a lot of back fatique. Thus, I decided to add a second level/tier to the existing table. The new top level surface height is around 35". This will make assembly of table-tops much easier. For our uses, I prefer an MDF top over plywood. The MDF makes for a super-straight, strong, and smooth top. Sliding tables and other projects to and fro across it is a breeze. Counter-sunc screws are all that hold it on. Thus, the top can easily be swapped out later for a fresh sheet of MDF if the need arises. The storage in-between the two levels is used to store and index scrap/smaller pieces of lumber that will not fit on the lumber rack. 

Below is a few pictures of the evolution of the table, including the addition of several handles around the perimeter. This makes movement of the table around the shop much easier. The large pneumatic wheels will allow for projects to be wheeled outside on occasion, if the project demands and the weather permits. The assembly table is one of the greatest assets to my workflow. At a full 4'x8', I can build very large tables with ease. 

Next up was creating a "Miter Saw Station". Below is what I came up with. Lower-left cabinet houses an air compressor. Lower-right cabinet houses a space for the shop trash can. Cubby boxes built on either side of the saw serve dual-purpose: lumber support during cuts + additional storage. A Rigid 6 HP shop vac provides plenty enough suction for dust collection. The Ryobi 10" slider is a great saw with an excellent cross-cut capacity, but the sliding poles designed to facilitate such are very long. Thus, I designed the station to roll on castors. When stored, the station sits an inch from the wall. When the sliding function of the saw is used, I can roll the station out from the wall to accomadate the extra travel. Overall, this keeps the footprint of the station minimal for both operations and for storage. In the future, I hope to add Kreg's stop-block track system atop of the existing 3/4" plywood fence. 

I found another unusual pallet at the dump a month or so ago. The entire pallet was constructed out of 1/2" plywood. I dissected it with a circular saw to harvest the lumber used to make the lower-cabinet doors. 

For addtional storage, I sourced deals locally on a tool box and a used bathroom cabinet. 

I, then, added a station for storing the bulk of our finishing supplies. 

The final leg of the project was completing the work bench area. This is my favorite area of the shop. I have a an LED light strip mounted over-head for detailed work requiring additional lighting. A storage cabinet was built in below, and then the entire piece was finished using Minwax "Weathered Oak". The window ledges were created from reclaimed exterior barn lumber from a local barn. The original red barn paint remains in-tact. 

And that's it! The new JWAC workshop is done! Final pics can be viewed here.

Thank you for following along! ~ DT

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