Knock Down Assembly Table - Improvment
Things to do while waiting for glue to dry . . . .
I don't know if anyone slapped one of these together. I found that on my Garage-Mahal floor, leveling the base and top as separate pieces was bothersome. I didn't want to give up the storing of the collapsed legs in the table top so I came up with this.
Drill some access holes centered on the leg pieces and a distance from the edge to suit your hardware. Using the doweling feature of the Mortise Pal I drill a through hole from the edge to the hole (this'll make sense in a sec, keep going).
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If you were as casual as I was about dimensions, you'll have to match the parts for ever after ;-) Set the top upside down on the bench. Set the assembled legs into the top and mark the positions for some through holes in the top. Drill a small pilot through hole to mark the position on both sides.
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Use a bit to fit your hardware. A 5/8" Forstner allowed for my washers. Drill a counerbore adequate to set the bolt head and washer just below the surface of the top. Drill an oversized through hole to complete the couterbore and to allow some wiggle room when lining up the parts. I used 1/4" hardware and drilled the 3/8" through hole part way from each side to avoid blowout.
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With the top upside down, set the legs in place and slip the bolts up from the bottom. Add a washer and nut in the large hole and use a spin-tite and a wrench to snug them in position. Not only did this make the whole table more steady but, it flattened out the top real nice too. Now I can level the table on my floor with just one shim. YMMV.
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Last edited by glenn bradley; 10-15-2011 at 07:51 PM.
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