Quick Shop-Built Fabricating Stands

      A laminate shop owner describes his quick-to-make workstands made with scraps of panel material, cut to size and slotted to interlock. December 30, 2007

I want some recommendations on what other solid surface fabricators were using for fabrication tables (sizes, wood or metal, stationary or rollabout). We have several wood 4x8 tables and some wood 8x2 rollabout carts, but are getting ready to replace some of them. My employees are all over the place on what they prefer, so I thought I would turn to some outside input.

Forum Responses
(Laminate and Solid Surface Forum)
From contributor A:
We use a 3 x 8 steel table that is bolted to the floor so you can push on it for seaming and trimming small tops. For fabrication stands we use x stands made out of particleboard, two identical pieces that slip together with a half lap. They are usually taken apart and stacked after use so the floor can be swept. It only takes ten or fifteen seconds to reassemble, they are dirt cheap, and can be positioned for the odd shaped parts. A sheet of damaged plywood or particleboard will make three pair, maybe ten minutes to cut them out. The only downside is that small tops tend to get pushed around if there isn't enough mass, so we hook or clamp them on the steel table for routing edges or belt sanding edges.

From contributor K:
What contributor A said. We also have X's that are 10" high for working on tables (easier on back).

From contributor D:
The x stands sound like a great idea. Could I get a little more info on making them?

From contributor A:
Piece of cake. We chop up junk sheets into 32" x 24" pieces, then set up a table saw for half the width of the panel, minus one half the thickness of the sheet stock. It doesn't have to be very tight, even sloppy will work just fine. Cut half way through the panel, flip the panel and cut the other side, leaving a 16.5" long x 3/4" wide groove. If you use particleboard, just snap the scrap out and turn one piece upside down and slide another into it. If your worst hand can't make ten in twenty minutes, fire the guy and start looking for more help.

Tight isn't the way to go - easier to move around, but hard to assemble and disassemble and stack. We have a ten thousand foot shop, but it can still get crowded if you don't put stuff away.

I have some out of particleboard that are ten years old, at least. One or two snapped and we shot a cleat on. Very cheap and sturdy. We use them for temp assembly tables, even chop saw bases when it isn't worth bringing the folding saw stands.

Would you like to add information to this article?
Interested in writing or submitting an article?
Have a question about this article?

Have you reviewed the related Knowledge Base areas below?
  • KnowledgeBase: Knowledge Base

  • KnowledgeBase: Laminates and Solid Surfacing

  • KnowledgeBase: Laminates & Solid Surfacing: Equipment

    Would you like to add information to this article? ... Click Here

    If you have a question regarding a Knowledge Base article, your best chance at uncovering an answer is to search the entire Knowledge Base for related articles or to post your question at the appropriate WOODWEB Forum. Before posting your message, be sure to
    review our Forum Guidelines.

    Questions entered in the Knowledge Base Article comment form will not generate responses! A list of WOODWEB Forums can be found at WOODWEB's Site Map.

    When you post your question at the Forum, be sure to include references to the Knowledge Base article that inspired your question. The more information you provide with your question, the better your chances are of receiving responses.

    Return to beginning of article.

    Refer a Friend || Read This Important Information || Site Map || Privacy Policy || Site User Agreement

    Letters, questions or comments? E-Mail us and let us know what you think. Be sure to review our Frequently Asked Questions page.

    Contact us to discuss advertising or to report problems with this site.

    To report a problem, send an e-mail to our Webmaster

    Copyright © 1996-2021 - WOODWEB ® Inc.
    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without permission of the Editor.
    Review WOODWEB's Copyright Policy.

    The editors, writers, and staff at WOODWEB try to promote safe practices. What is safe for one woodworker under certain conditions may not be safe for others in different circumstances. Readers should undertake the use of materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB after considerate evaluation, and at their own risk.

    WOODWEB, Inc.
    335 Bedell Road
    Montrose, PA 18801

    Contact WOODWEB

  • WOODWEB - the leading resource for professional woodworkers

      Home » Knowledge Base » Knowledge Base Article