Hull Work Table

Bob Greenspan Photography | January 2013

[two_third]OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[/two_third][one_third_last]1. Here are the ½” thick hot rolled steel waterjet cut side panels/leg parts from my supplier. They needed a lot of TLC for sure. Notice the holes for the assembly are already in the part.[/one_third_last]

[two_third]OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[/two_third][one_third_last]2. Now the part has been sanded and the edges have been smoothed. Waterjet tends to leave a serrated edge so that had to go. You may be able to see that the holes have been counter sunk for their respective screws.[/one_third_last]

[two_third]OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[/two_third][one_third_last]3. There were many other sheet steel parts that were waterjet cut. That is a rib there and that shape is partly where I got the Hull name.[/one_third_last]

[two_third]OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[/two_third][one_third_last]4. Here is some very heavy gauge 3/8” wall 4”x4” angle steel for the legs braces and stabilizer support. I could have gotten away with much thinner steel but sometimes you just use what you have.[/one_third_last]

[two_third]OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[/two_third][one_third_last]5. Some handy weld nuts are installed for screws that connect these parts to the main legs.[/one_third_last]

[two_third]OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[/two_third][one_third_last]6. This little guy is the nut where the casters locked in to. Notice the big 1/2” stem that will be used. [/one_third_last]

[two_third]OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[/two_third][one_third_last]7. Viola! We have a thing! Looks pretty gnarly actually. But you have to hang in there because she would be pretty soon enough. This thing is literally a tank. Overbuilt perhaps but consider that the entire worktable and all of the drawers are suspended by that 6”x8” steel beam. It had to be rock solid without twisting or flexing even a tiny amount for this design to work. Uh, mission accomplished.[/one_third_last]

[two_third]OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[/two_third][one_third_last]8. The lateral brace shown here without the sheet metal cover prevents this beast from racking. The ½” steel plate legs are strong but steel plate flexes with large rotational moments. [/one_third_last]

[two_third]OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[/two_third][one_third_last]9. Ok now this ship is coming together. All of those cross braces supported the battery of drawers. All of the drawer slides were monster under mount glides that I swear by. They are just indestructible. But they do not come apart like most slides so they are a lot trickier to install. All of the drawers had to be meticulously dry fit and you can see one of the large flat files in position.[/one_third_last]

[two_third]bob-greenspan-photography_hull-work-table_blog-entry10[/two_third][one_third_last]10. Ok we are quite farther along now. The top is on and the flat file drawers are installed. Starting to look nice. Installing the drawers was the trickiest part of the fabrication. Luckily I drew excellent plans if I don’t say so myself. All of the parts fit yay.[/one_third_last]

[two_third]bob-greenspan-photography_hull-work-table_blog-entry11[/two_third][one_third_last]11. Oh that is a drawer! Indeed and it is HUGE![/one_third_last]

[two_third]bob-greenspan-photography_hull-work-table_blog-entry12[/two_third][one_third_last]12. Now this leg just did not want to cooperate. Bowed out like a banana. Nothing the TIG torch couldn’t take out. The TIG torch is the next best thing to an Oxygen/Acetylene rig without the hazard of having explosive gas around. Looks nasty but that char is just on the surface. It would polish out good as new.[/one_third_last]

[two_third]OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[/two_third][one_third_last]13. The fronts on these flat file drawers were very tricky and maybe more so than any other part of the project. I saved a few details for resolution in the shop because I didn’t see an obvious way to do it. [/one_third_last]

[two_third]OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[/two_third][one_third_last]14. I love this image. Speaks for itself really.[/one_third_last]

[two_third]bob-greenspan-photography_hull-work-table_blog-entry15[/two_third][one_third_last]15. Ok now take it all apart and take that pile of metal to paint! And please bring it back shiny and white![/one_third_last]

[two_third]bob-greenspan-photography_hull-work-table_blog-entry16[/two_third][one_third_last]16. The Walnut was sourced down the gravel road from Franks shop. This is one good reason we use a lot of walnut. Anyhow Frank had it straight lined and planed in no time.[/one_third_last]

[two_third]bob-greenspan-photography_hull-work-table_blog-entry17[/two_third][one_third_last]17. I like making drawer boxes. The woodwork is always just more relaxing.[/one_third_last]

[two_third]bob-greenspan-photography_hull-work-table_blog-entry18[/two_third][one_third_last]18. The drawer fronts are a very special part. This is where we slow down and carefully select the best part of the wood and lay it out so the grain is sequenced. Here we have a few coats of lacquer with 10 more to go.[/one_third_last]

[two_third]bob-greenspan-photography_hull-work-table_blog-entry19[/two_third][one_third_last]19. That’s Francis. Or Frachesco as Frank would say. Anyway you can appreciate how big those drawers are in this pic.[/one_third_last]

[two_third]bob-greenspan-photography_hull-work-table_blog-entry20[/two_third][one_third_last]20. It wasn’t but a few minutes after we had it setup and Bob had already moved in. I guess he really needed this workhorse.[/one_third_last]

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