Pick up the donor today. The Copart experience was very good. I pulled up, walked in, gave them my numbers, they told me to go back out and meet the loading tech. Next thing I know a big old CAT fork lift pulls up and ask for my papers. He drive out in the yard, pick us the miata, comes back and drops it on my trailer.
I had planned on using sawhorses for the base. I tried it and didn't like it. Even though I bought nice metal sawhorses, they didn't seem stable enough for me. Then there is the garage floor slope. It work out to be just under 1inch slope over 8 feet. That would have meant rigging something with the sawhorses.
So I decided to build my own base. 4x4 post at the 4 corners. On the uphill end the post are 3 feet, and a bit longer on the down hill side. 1x4s for a frame for the top and shelf area, and middle support
The bottom of the top is 1/2 inch MDF. I am using unistrut glued to that. Then I will put a 3/4 inch top on that and bolt it all together using carriage bolts.
I see a lot of people use two sheets of MDF and metal wall studs to make a build table. I like that idea. The metal studs should be more true than any wood. The problem is I can't find any around here. I checked Lowe's and Home Depot, no luck. Home Depot does have dry wall studs, but they don't look strong enough.
So yesterday I was shopping with my wife. As I was standing outside the dressing room I noticed everything was built using unistrut/superstrut. The lights we hung from unistrut, the racks were made with it, it was everywhere.
Once done shopping I stopped by Lowe's and picked up 2 10' sections. They call it superstrut and it is with the electrical stuff.
The plan is 1/2" MDF on the bottom bonded to the superstrut. Then put 3/4" MDF on the top and use carriage bolts to sandwich it all together.