Benchwork: Table Design

Benchwork Table Plan

Note that this drawing is not to scale. The legs will be almost as tall as the length of the table.

As is often the case, life gets in the way of the hobby. Fortunately, I am approaching the point where I can proceed with benchwork construction. In my “Making the Cut” post, I explained how I would divide the layout into four tables. Here, I can provide a hand-drawn illustration (with color-code added in Photoshop).

All of the holes will be drilled and counter sunk before the screws are put in to prevent splitting the wood. Red dots are screws, and blue dots are bolts.

The overhang on the right is necessary because the living room has a ledge along the floor next to the wall. Since the load on top of the layout won’t be heavy, I’m not too concerned about how this will affect stability. These joints are attached with L-brackets.

The only table to look different from this design is the one holding the Knitting Mill; it will have its legs on the right match those on the left. The open frame on top is attached to the legs via bolts to make moving the top easier and safer. The tables are also attached to one another using bolts for stability and a smooth connection.

While the illustration contains braces on the bottom of the long sides of the table, I may omit these in favor of improving how easily the legs can fit through doorways. I would like to make the layout portable for train shows to share my work with others, and navigating a frame with four-foot legs permanently attached could be complicated.

What do you think of this design? Are there any modifications you would recommend before I begin putting the drill to the wood?