Thanks to sliding supports, the Smart Table can support a full sheet of plywood.
Thanks to sliding supports, the Smart Table can support a full sheet of plywood.

Cabinetmakers are probably more familiar with layup tables than carpenters and remodelers are. Layup tables allow you to make cuts without damaging the underlying surface; they're also great for assembly work. For example, when assembling a face frame, you can raise it on the layup table so the work surface below doesn't interfere with the clamps. On site, I use layup tables for edge banding and cutting plywood.

There are many designs, but layup tables generally use evenly spaced supports screwed to a sheet of plywood or some other panel product. I made mine from a 4-foot-by-5-foot piece of plywood with 1x4 cleats screwed to it on edge every 16 inches or so. It's still not quite big enough for a good-sized face frame, but I didn't want to build it any...

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