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 a router, 3/8″ bit, and a 5/8″ bushing to route 3/4″ dog holes. There are three template files included in this set. One for making a 26×24 offset template for making a Maker Workstation. One for making a 23×23 offset top plate/Worx Sidekick template. The third is a small template for routing out pockets for side plate mounts. Required for the pocket operation are 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 drill guide 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 templates 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 CNC the templates. Precision is important when machining these templates. Dog hole size is critical. Make sure you measure your bits before machining. Most .250″ bits are actually .242″-.245″. Adjust accordingly when programming a 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 a photo and if you post it on social media, tag @woodworking.digital on Instagram and use the hashtag #makerworkstation.
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