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  1. #1
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    Default Work table - Outdoor/Removable

    I wanted to gather some opinions on some work table(s). This may seem like a strange setup, but hear me out...

    I built a work shed in the backyard (8' X 12' enclosed; some overhang), but I do not like to run the miter saw or cutoff saw inside because of the dust unless the weather is real bad. I want to build some work tables that attach to the side of the shed and can be removed when they are not in use.

    The idea is to build two 6' tables that can be stored in a little walkway on the back side of the shed. When "deployed" the table legs would be in the grass of the backyard.

    I am not sure what materials to make them out of. I'm torn between square tubing or angle. I think the legs will be two sizes of square tubing, sliding inside one another, and adjustable with pins. They will fold up flat for storage.

    What about the top? What material? How wide? I might do some tack welding on them as well, but I know any serious work will result in warping.

    I am already "over-budget" on this shed, so think inexpensively, but still sturdy.

    Here's a Google Sketch-up of the shed. I just quickly added on a rough sketch of the tables:


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    By the way, my wife thought of hinging them to the wall so that I wouldn't have to remove them. That's not a bad idea either.

    This is a "starter home" for us, so anything I do in the backyard I will likely have to walk away from with little or no compensation when we go to sell. Just wanted to mention that.

    Here is a shot of the actual shed before I finished it:

    Last edited by Lindley; 12-12-2010 at 08:37 PM.

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    I was thinking about a hinged work table. It would be a lot easier than moving tables in and out of your shed whenever you wanted to do something. Especially if you are like me and waaaaaay over do it and your welding table ends up weighing 700 pounds.
    MillerMatic 252
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    Diversion 165
    Spectrum 625 X-Treme
    Dayton 6" Miter Band Saw
    Delta Drill Press
    Bosch 10" Table Saw
    Bosch 12" Double Bevel Miter Saw
    Jet 5 Ton Chain Hoist
    Radnor O/A

    and this heavy duty table I made


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    Thanks for the quick reply. IF I did make them removable, they would still be outside, just on the backside of the shed. I thought about an aluminum or stainless top, but that doesn't do me much good for doing any kind of welding on. Hmmmmm...

    More ideas?

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    I would try to keep the work bench detached from the building because the sparks from a cut-off saw or welding will damage the wall finish.

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    He could have the table hinged and also have a piece of sheet hinged that would flip up and bolt to the wall so that sparks wouldn't damage the building.
    MillerMatic 252
    Spoolmate 200
    Diversion 165
    Spectrum 625 X-Treme
    Dayton 6" Miter Band Saw
    Delta Drill Press
    Bosch 10" Table Saw
    Bosch 12" Double Bevel Miter Saw
    Jet 5 Ton Chain Hoist
    Radnor O/A

    and this heavy duty table I made


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    Quote Originally Posted by NoogaD View Post
    I was thinking about a hinged work table. It would be a lot easier than moving tables in and out of your shed whenever you wanted to do something. Especially if you are like me and waaaaaay over do it and your welding table ends up weighing 700 pounds.
    I really like that heavy duty table!!
    Always an asset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindley View Post
    By the way, my wife thought of hinging them to the wall so that I wouldn't have to remove them. That's not a bad idea either.

    This is a "starter home" for us, so anything I do in the backyard I will likely have to walk away from with little or no compensation when we go to sell. Just wanted to mention that.

    Here is a shot of the actual shed before I finished it:

    When my wife and i look at real estate we always want to see the garage or work shed. It is a big plus for creative people. Adds value to the home. What if you want to work at night without bothering a family member?

    I would not hinge the table to the shed. you may have a need to move the table out away from the shed for a project. And if you pound on the table it will rattle everything in the shed. And if you move you can take your tables with you. I would use square tubing and cap off the bottoms to prevent corrosion. A good steel table is always sellable too.

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    very interesting

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