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1 table becomes 2 advice needed

I probably already know the answer to this, but for reinforcement purposes, I'll ask anyway...

I have 2 large work tables I made.

One I use on my patio for the wife's outdoor work -planting, painting things etc. it's 8 feet long and 30" wide, made from 1x4's and 2x4 legs with a 1/2" top and lower shelf.

I have a similar table that I use in my shop as my layout and build table - similar dimensions except it's all 2x4 with a 3/4" top and a lower shelf.

The reason they're both 8' is I wasn't very comfortable with my ability to make them shorter due to not being comfortable with my tools or my ability to use my tools (specifically my table saw). I'm much more comfortable now using my tools.

My dilemma is I'm thinking 8' is too long for both areas and should probably be divided into 2, 4' tables each (is this about the correct length for a shop table?).

I really like having the 8' table in the shop, but as I build more tool tables (router stand, currently working on a jigsaw stand) the 4' is probably more appropriate for my needs going forward.

So, do I take both of them apart, cut the pieces and put them back together with added legs to make 4 tables (which is what I think most of you are going to agree with), or do I take my new circular saw and slice the tables in half and add new legs etc?

Taking them apart is probably the better option, but I've taken them both apart twice already and cutting them in half with my new saw is really giving me smiles

Thoughts?

Thanks as always in advance for the advice.

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I wouldn't

There are times my 10 ft outfeed/asembly table is just about right in length. I don't think I would find a 4 ft table very useful...unless I could join them seamlessly and form an 8 footer.

Actually we may have hit upon something here. Make another 4 ft table the same as your shop table, maybe even make 2 of them. Now you have a modular work area, 8ft long, "T" shaped or square what ever suits the project.

If you are into cutting them down, I suggest a 6 ft table. The 2 footer remaining would make a nice stand for a sander or drill press.

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I think a full disassembly is a little overkill. No need to take both tables back to raw boards. I'd take off the legs, and apron if applicable, slice and dice the top and reattach new legs

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Thanks guys - I'm going to work on the wifes table first lol, just in case I screw it up. I can always make her another easily (her demands are much less than my own).

I like the idea of the modular set up - I didn't think about the fact that I use the table for outfeed as well as layout and building.

I like the slice and dice method as well - fits my mood right now :)
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Just a question. What is a jigsaw stand?
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Just a question. What is a jigsaw stand?

A jig saw, is often used to describe a sabre saw or hand held reciprocating saw.

A scroll saw sits on a stand is much larger and heavier:
http://www.amazon.com/PORTER-CABLE-1...roll+saw+stand


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Just a question. What is a jigsaw stand?
heh I was wondering the same, lol that little jig saw is getting its own stand??? :p

Id do the table with as little dis-assembly as possible.
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A jig saw, is often used to describe a sabre saw or hand held reciprocating saw.

A scroll saw sits on a stand is much larger and heavier:
http://www.amazon.com/PORTER-CABLE-1...roll+saw+stand

A jigsaw and a sabre saw bring up the same page on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Jig-Saws/b?ie=UTF8&node=552934

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...rds=sabre+saws

Neither of which would require it's own "stand" like a scroll saw.

A variant is the Rockwell Blade Runner, a hybrid of sabre saw and scroll saw which does have it's own stand:
http://www.asseenontvus.com/rockwell-bladerunner/


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Thanks guys - I'm going to work on the wifes table first lol, just in case I screw it up. I can always make her another easily (her demands are much less than my own).

I like the idea of the modular set up - I didn't think about the fact that I use the table for outfeed as well as layout and building.

I like the slice and dice method as well - fits my mood right now :)
I think it will be good practice for you to modify your tables.
I have a one car garage with all of my tools in it. My work bench is an outfeed table for the table saw, an assembly table and general work surface. It is 30 by 50. It has a couple of Kreg Klamp tracks as well as a T track and some dog holes for other uses.

Everything I do passes across that table when it is being built. Saying that, I also have an adjustable height work table with dual routers mounted in it. When I need it for other things, I pull the routers out and cover the openings with plates I made out of plywood. That table works really well.

Here is a picture of it in action supporting my latest project...a 90 inch tall wine storage cabinet.

Good luck. Make hr table look nice. She will love you for it.
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This is my Jigsaw stand/table - turns my jigsaw into a scroll saw:



Almost done - just need to finish the support arm and attach it to the table
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like Mike said...

Whatever you do, make all your table the same height as the table saw Or a 3/4" layer less, so you can add a replaceable worksurface, possible joining them together as a unit.A 1" X 2" frame around the edges that captures the tables will secure them together.

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well... a scroll saw is a bit different... in that it has blade tension from 2 points, which promotes a vertical cut and can manage a much smaller blade for tighter radii. I would say that a jig saw capability is closer to that of a band saw than a scroll saw.

But It is a heck of alot cheaper than either.
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well... a scroll saw is a bit different... in that it has blade tension from 2 points, which promotes a vertical cut and can manage a much smaller blade for tighter radii. I would say that a jig saw capability is closer to that of a band saw than a scroll saw.

But It is a heck of alot cheaper than either.
For me, all these jigs and tables I've been making are much cheaper than buying new tools I may never get use out of or learn to use properly.

This way, I can learn as I go, build a few things (jigs and what not) and get more comfortable working with my tools.

I've yet to make anything other than a few work tables, and have only used scrap lumber I've had on hand for years and 1 or 2 purchased sheets of 3/4" and half sheets of mdf.
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For me, all these jigs and tables I've been making are much cheaper than buying new tools I may never get use out of or learn to use properly.

This way, I can learn as I go, build a few things (jigs and what not) and get more comfortable working with my tools.

I've yet to make anything other than a few work tables, and have only used scrap lumber I've had on hand for years and 1 or 2 purchased sheets of 3/4" and half sheets of mdf.
Lemme know if you want a few more jigs to make. I have several.
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Lemme know if you want a few more jigs to make. I have several.
LMAO - I just want to make something other than jigs and tables!
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