A while back, a friend asked me to refinish a table for her....well short end of the story is I finished the table but it's still hanging around my shop. So when I bought a miter saw I threw a blanket over it and used it as a work surface since I didn't have anything else. Well, as you have seen in my recent posts, I have been putting a lot of effort into getting my shop cleaned and organized so that means I want the table gone.....which means I need to first build it's replacement.
Here is my work area before....keep in mind that I'm just getting started on this back wall so it's a mess right now, but it won't be for long.
6) Then I flipped it over and screwed in the other side. Make sure you measure this side as well and make it identical to the first side.
WilkerDon't: I first placed the casters 1 3/8" in from the sides because I don't like the look of them poking out. However, since I bought casters with brakes on them, I need them to poke out so I can get my toe on the lever to engage or disengage the break. So learn from me and just place them on the corners.
Instead of making a wing the entire length of the side I decided to only make it 18", which is the length from the front to right behind the built on fence. Since this fence is what you butt your wood up against to keep it square, any wing past this point would be a waste and just more for your under wing to support.
8) So next I cut an 18"x 3/4" long strip then used four 1 1/4" screws to attach it in place.
Note: However wide you make your bar in step 8 determines how far down you need to mount this hinge.
11) Now I mounted the wing. This step is a two person job. I put a level on my wing then had Cody come out and position it where it was level and hold it while I crawled under the wing and drilled it in place.
Before I get into these wings, just remember that I’m not an engineer or expert and I find that the hardest part about building things is figuring out the dimensions things should be. I mean…should I make it 22” or 24”? What’s going to give it enough support without being overkill? Psh, I have no idea guys. I don’t know if there are formulas out there to run to make a support piece the most structurally sound but most of the time I just kinda wing it. ….(<-- cheesy pun) : ) I had a scrap piece in my shop that happened to be 22 3/8” wide so I thought that was that was the perfect dimension to make the support wings. ; )
12) Since my piece was already 22 3/8” wide, and I decided I wanted it to be 24” long, I started by cutting the 24” length. Then I drew a 4” line on each end then used a straight edge to connect the two, which gave me my diagonal line to cut along.
Tip: You can use a temporary fence even for a diagonal cut like this. (Video tip here)
14) So then I cut another length of piano hinge (23 ¼”) and screwed it in place on the wing support first then attached the other side to the stand.
15) Alright, so to create a ‘stop’ so the wing support would position itself in the same place every single time I raised the wing, I cut out the below shape from ¼” wood. The wing support is 4” so I made the cut out on this is 4 ½”. I used ¼” wood so the gap would be minimal when the wings are closed.
I'm not going to lie and say this was easy because it wasn't. Everything seems to work in relation to something else so it was complicated figuring it all out and trying to see interferences and consequences of each decision. However, if you don't have to change any dimensions and can just follow the steps then this should be a simple build. Again, if you are trying to use my instructions and have a question then just shoot me a comment. Heck, if you use them and don't have a question still shoot me a comment!