Over the last few months, I’ve whittled up a healthy number of Baltic birch sheets to build a wide array of projects. A router table and fence, several drawer boxes, a craft table. In the same months, I’ve seen my colleagues use Baltic birch to make a table saw cross cut sled, a glue rack, a bookcase. The uses for Baltic birch are seemingly endless and the reasons why become apparent when you see what makes Baltic birch unique.
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How to Build a Folding Workshop Table with 3 Tops: Router Table, Down-Draft Sanding Table, General Work TableFriday, April 12th, 2013
Every month we host a free woodworking demonstration at our stores, and each one is taught by our esteemed demo man, Joe. Due to the nature of his “traveling woodworking show,” he built this fold down table that does a few cool things:
- Easy to store and set up
- Sturdy enough for many woodworking operations like routing and assembly
- Table top changes out for special applications: router table, down-draft sanding table, general purpose work table.
The quick video above shows how it works. Is it a robust workbench? Obviously not. However, it is a handy table that can serve a number of purposes for you in your own shop.
Joe pieced together sketches and a parts/materials list you can download and use for making your own table.
Three tops you can make:
- Router table
- Basic work table
- Downdraft sanding table
Gluing up boards to make solid cabinet doors and table tops remains a necessary and time-consuming part of woodworking. And many woodworkers out there avoid glue-ups because of the machinery (or exhausting hand work) required to get a newly glued-up solid wood panel nice and flat. It takes a wide planer, wide sander, or unyielding enthusiasm for the joys of hand planing.
But here’s a little trick that’ll help out: clamp blocks that help keep the aligned and flat while the glue dries.
Make blocks out of solid 3/4″ material that resemble a 4″ long U shape. See below. Clamp up your panel with bar clamps or pipe clamps as you normally would. Then clamp U blocks so that they bridge over the joints, achieving two things:
- Forcing the boards to align perfectly giving you a smooth panel
- Keeping the blocks from becoming glued to the workpiece
In the end, you won’t need to do nearly as much planing and sanding to get the solid panel flat.
WOOD Magazine has free plans for the clamp blocks at this page if you need a visual: