The June 2021 issue of Popular Woodworking magazine features my article on the Maker Workstation. You can build in a couple of ways. This set of templates is for building a workstation using the Rockler Portable Drill Guide or Woodpecker Precision Drill guide. There are two template files included in this set. One for making a 26×24 template for making a Maker Workstation. One for making a 23×23 top plate/Worx Sidekick template. Routing out the pockets for side plate mounts along the sides of the workstation template requires a 1/4″ bit and 7/16″ bushing.
CNC-made templates are required for this project. To make them, you need template CAD files, a CNC, or a CNC service. Sorry, printing out paper templates and using a drill will not work for this project. The precision required on this project is too high.
An alternative template set for using a router, 3/8″ bit and 5/8″ bushing is also available here
Ready-made Maker Workstation templates will be available for purchase as the woodworking.digital store, soon.
You also need a Maker Workstation Layer Guide. It’s free and the 72″ x 24″ Guide is available here.
These CAD files in DXF format are for making or having someone make physical templates needed for the project with a CNC. This project calls for high precision so laying out and using regular woodworking techniques won’t work. You need a precision CNC template set to make the Maker Workstation. I suggest you make your template out of 1/2″ or thicker MDF in order to control the 3/4″ Forstner drill bit used in this project.
A 1/4″ bit is needed to make the templates. Precision is important when machining. Make sure you measure your bit before machining. Dog hole size is critical. Most .250″ bits are actually .242″-.245″. Make sure you adjust accordingly when programming your CNC.
See the print issue or popularwoodworking.com for more project information and step-by-step articles to help you build the project.
My request back at you: If you build a Maker Workstation, I’d like to see it. I’d appreciate it if you send me a photo and post it on social media, tag @woodworking.digital on Instagram and use the hashtag #makerworkstation.
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