help me simplify these plans
I want to make this folding workbench.
However, I'd have to use my FIL's table saw, which doesn't have a flexible setup.
And my woodworking skills are pretty rudimentary. Or, if he does it, his are sort of limited in imaginative scope.
There are a couple of joins or cutting techniques that I don't think we can do as easily. Specifically this one:
Cutting a groove in the edge of the plywood.
You then slide a rod into that groove and attach fittings to it.
I think all that constructing of tall fences and featherboards will put my FIL off (frankly, it overwhelms me--what holds the featherboard in place? If it's a second fence--he doesn't have one or won't use it, I've asked), and I don't know if he'll let me do it.
But maybe those rods are crucial and can't be eliminated?
They're the pegs that hold the support risers in place when they're opened.
Any ideas for simplifying that?
Maybe I could just use one of those sliding bolts--install it on the side and drill a hole through the panel.
Then again, maybe it won't be too lumpy and keep the table from folding flat. He does say that using round knobs on the rods means the table won't fold flat.
There *is* extra thickness where the block is--could I make something hinged that attached to the side and folds down?
Could I attach the rods with metal straps, or something? (would the plywood be too thin?)
Or, maybe I should just dedicate the time to making the jigs, and practice on some scrap, and assume I'll screw stuff up a few times before I get it right and regard it as all a part of the process (zen!).
Maybe all that is not as hard or time-consuming as I think? Feel free to encourage me to tackle it as written because you think I'm overestimating how hard it is.
(Total aside: I could never made this for $40--the plywood alone is going to be $45 here in NYC.)