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Old 09-20-2009, 10:48 PM
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Default EAA Work tables

I was just sick of my old work table with folding legs. I decided it was time to change. I was also probably looking for a reason for not working on the tanks

I was about to create my own design when I found out about the EAA 1000 tables. They looked sturdy and easy enough to build.

A small trip to "Home Depot Aircraft supply" to pick up lumber, carpenter glue and screws. After a couple of hours, this came out of the shop :

There not made of shiny aluminum but I think they look nice!

The sanded plywood was not good enough for my taste, I went with a 3/4" maple veneer plywood . I used left over from the wing crate (pine board) to create the moulding using a router.

Used a nice gel stain for the finish of the top plywood. I'll add sealer tomorrow to make it more resistant! I'll also need to level them. They are straight but my garage's floor isn't.

Total cost of the project : $130 (Canadian dollars) ~$120 US This includes lumber, screws (almost 300), glue, stain and taxes (around 13% around here).

Total time to build : 4-5h. I had the help of one of my buddy who works as a carpenter. Having the right tools and the knowledge helped a lot!
Philippe Marseille
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Old 09-20-2009, 11:14 PM
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I like the EAA tables. I built mine larger, and used a full sheet of 3/4 MDF for the top. MDF is smooth and flat. I consider the surface to be sacrificial, so I drill and cleco right to it. Also no router edge for better clamping.
It's just one Dam job after another

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Old 09-20-2009, 11:33 PM
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I made mine longer (7') and put a sheet of 1/2" MDF on top of the 3/4" plywood. It is screwed to the plywood from below and 'captured' by hardwood trim on the outside edges. I can replace the entire top of my bench by removing a few screws and cutting a new piece of MDF.
Matt Redmond
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Old 09-21-2009, 12:12 AM
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Default Nice tables!!

Nice looking tables. What size did you make them and where did you get the plans?
Aaron Arvig
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Old 09-21-2009, 12:23 AM
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Default EAA 1000

Originally Posted by aarvig View Post
Nice looking tables. What size did you make them and where did you get the plans?
Google "EAA Chapter 1000 workbench". That will take you right to it. I have built two of these myself. Really happy with them.
Kristofer White
San Angelo, TX.
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Old 09-21-2009, 12:23 AM
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They are at the EAA Chapter 1000 website. Here is the link.
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Old 09-21-2009, 12:53 AM
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Old 09-21-2009, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by aarvig View Post
Nice looking tables. What size did you make them and where did you get the plans?
I also typed some up here and added a few links.
Bob Collins
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Old 09-21-2009, 08:19 AM
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I probably over-did my main table, but I am glad that I made it four feet wide and twelve feet long using 2X6 and a 3/4" MDF top. It is very flat, level, and allows for plenty of work area.
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Old 09-21-2009, 09:03 AM
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Just got my first one built. Plans does seem to waste a lot of plywood though. Or enough left over to build a third bench.
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