Australian Woodsmith 8th April 2020

Swing Arm Sheet Goods Lift

Last year, I built a knock-down cutting table. This quick-to-assemble table clamps to a couple of saw horses and is perfect for breaking down sheet goods. To make the table even more user-friendly, I added the swing arm lift shown below to assist in loading large sheets of plywood onto the table.

The plywood arms have a notch cut on one end. A two-layer plywood stretcher connects the two arms. The arms are attached to the knock-down table with bolts, washers and lock nuts. To load a sheet of plywood onto the table, simply lift the panel high enough to set in the notches and swing the lift up.        

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SAFETY IN THE WORKSHOP Safety devices, such as riving knives, guards on table saws and guards over router bits have been deliberately left out of the line drawings in Australian Woodsmith projects in order to make them easier to follow. It goes without saying that where safety devices have been supplied by the manufacturers you should use them. We encourage the use of push sticks as good work practice.
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