Modified Chapter 1000 table with two 20 amp outlets. Built entirely from scrap lumber. The only purchases were the 20 AMP outlets and electrical box.
Layout of 4' benches to get 4x18 table for fuselage.

Hallway & Basement Workshops
My "workshop" consists of a wide spot in the hallway between the garage and the house and a 4' long work table in the basement. The basement is cozy warm compared to the garage once winter hits. I'll be expanding the shop to build larger parts, but for now those two areas work OK.

Chapter 1000 Table
For those not familiar, EAA Chapter 1000 designed a nice work table for building airplanes. Plans can be found here The idea is that you can use these things individually or group them back to back and end to end to form a 4' wide by 18' long surface for building the fuselage. My work table is a modified version of the Chapter 1000 table. There are several reasons for the modifications. Here are the mods and the reasons:

1) It's only 4' wide. I don't have room for a 5' table in the basement without getting hit by a door or running into a hall way. The Bearhawk needs a table of about 18' x 4' for building the fuselage so I'll build nine of the 4x2 tables (4x18 total see picture) to layout the fuselage. My little 4' wide table will serve double duty when the time comes. Since plywood comes in 4'x8' it only makes sense to build in 4' increments. Why you'd build something 5' long is a mystery.

2) No "leg doublers" as described in the plans. I'm not sure what they do to their tables over there at Chapter 1000, but the purpose for the doublers escapes me. Yes, I get that they're supposed to provide lateral stability but look at the plans. Now imagine the table without those doublers. Each corner 2x4 in my table has three screws going in the 4" side and 2 screws going into the 2" side. That's 5 screws times 4 corners on the top (plus glue) and another set of five per corner on the bottom. Forty screws plus glue! Now put the top on. I nailed the top into the 2x4's and glued it as well. If you're feeling really ridiculous imagine putting all these tables together by screwing through the horizontal table support pieces to form the 4x18' surface needed to layout the fuselage. Now you've got 360 screws plus glue PLUS the screws going into the supports. That's a LOT of bracing and screws for a relatively light airplane frame. I tried to make one table move and couldn't. I can't imagine how you'd get nine of them all screwed together to move without the assistance of a wrecking ball. The thing is rock solid without the doublers in my humble opinion and since the main purpose of the table is to hold things up and not withstand hurricane force sideways impacts, the EAA Chapter 1000 table appears to be simply over built. Save a tree and don't add the doublers OR build the table and save the doublers for the last step. If you really really think the table needs them, by all means add them, but for me it's overkill.

3) Set one horizontal support 2x4 about 2 inches back from the edge of the counter top to make a lip. I did this so that I could use clamp vices along the edge to hold work. At the EAA Sheetmetal Workshop we made heavy use of these little gadgets and they worked really well for holding material. By making one edge flush and setting one edge back a few inches you get the best of both worlds. You can use the clamp vice to hold work and you can still put tables back to back and clamp the legs together to form a large work surface for laying out the fuselage.

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