I am in the process of spec’ing out my Journeyman X50 and in doing so I designed a very simple worktable. For those of you who have already built a table (or are using the QWB mount), I would be interested in hearing if anyone sees any issues or has any tips on the design I have.
I would like to have used the QWB, but unfortunately the cross members go in the wrong direction for allowing a vertical mount (I am adding a feature request for this) . In the meantime, I am just going to create something simple until I can start to dial in on the additional features I need. Once I get the machine situated, I will work on a design for an enclosure.
This entire design is based on 2x4 studs for the frame, 3/4 plywood for the surfaces, and 3/4 MDF for the spoillboard. (I am still working on what design I want to have in the spoillboard, so it is just a flat surface for now).
A few things I would be interested in hearing:
- Is the workbench top support sufficient or did I over/under design it?
- Any issues on the sizing of the opening (21x6 within the 1F workarea) for vertical mounts?
- Suggestions for the sliding mechanism (?) for the removable joinery section to keep it in place and rigid yet easily removable?
With this design, I know I wont be able to do joinery with a board longer than the workbench height, but this will primarily be used for drawers, and I typically don’t make drawers that deep. If I do, I could always tip this on it’s side. For this reason, the bottom shelf is inset a little and the face is actually aligned with the opening in the top so that it could be used as an infeed. I just need to figure out how I can put it on it’s side easily given the weight of the workbench and 1F.
Once I get it a little more polished I could post the design file if anyone wants it. It is all parametrically designed, so you should be able to just plug in your table size and materials and it should all work. (assuming I did my parameters and formulas right).
Anyway, let me know what you think.