I’m planning to gradually make some improvements to the sjobergs table by the tool wall. Haven’t started yet, but here are the things I’d like to do. Please let me know if anyone objects to these actions, or if anyone would like to help. I’ll keep this thread updated as things progress.
- Fix the table to the base. It slides around all the time.
I haven’t looked closely to see if this would be better done by mortising the legs into the top, or to just use some metal brackets.
- Clear out the scraps and whatnot in the storage under the table, and build at least a bench hook and a shooting board to keep there for general use.
- Fill in all the dogholes that don’t go all the way through the table, and maybe even all the ones not around the edges of the table.
The reason for this is that if you’re doing any sort of hand tool work on the table, all of those dogholes very quickly fill in with shavings, sawdust, etc. that’s impossible to scrape out of the bottom, so you can’t even get the bench dog to sit firmly in them. Every hand-tool woodworking table I’ve used and seen only has circular dog holes, and only around the edges.
I am planning to do this by taking some cheaper hardwood like poplar, thicknessing it, and cutting it into pieces with a slight taper that will tenon into the holes with enough space for a little glue but a solid seal on the top.
2a) eventually, fill in the ones around the outer edges too, and drill 3/4" circular dog holes instead. This way we can get a holdfast and use standard dogs.
- Plane, sand, and finish with something tough and glue-resistant. Waterlox was my first thought.
- Eventually I’d like to build a quick-release single-screw vise for the front of the table.
- There was also some discussion of having a removable MDF cover for this table, I assume for glue-ups and chopping. IMO if we have a glue-resistant finish like Waterlox and usable bench hooks, this shouldn’t be necessary.