How to Build a Workshop Table
Why should you build a workshop table instead of buying a ready-made one? For one thing, you can build a workshop table to any size you like to suit your own needs, even one that exceeds the size of the room’s door. By building the workshop table in the very room in which it will be used, you avoid the restrictions on size imposed by the doorway. In addition to this, you avoid restrictions of weight, since the workshop table will not need to be transported from the shop. In this way, you can build as sturdy a work table as you desire. Finally, building a workshop table is easier than you might think. Just follow these simple steps and customize the workshop table measurements to meet your specific needs.
Step 1: Choose the Size
Flatten a few cardboard boxes and lay them on the floor. This will allow you to visualize the size of the table before you build it. In addition, sit in your work chair and use a stick to choose the best table height. Take measurements and go to your home improvement store. One good tip is to put the tools you plan to have on the bench onto the cardboard to help visualize the space requirements. For example, when I was doing this I sat my drill press on it and worked out how much space I wanted to have for it. And also where I wanted to mount it on the bench.
Step 2: Buy Supplies
Buy 2 plywood boards to fit the measurements of your workshop tabletop. Buy 4 posts (at least 4x4x4) for the legs. Buy 2×4 lumber to form the frame under the table, as well as the frame supports. Use the store’s cutting services if necessary to get your desired lengths.
Step 3: Build the Table Aprons
Start building your workshop table by resting one of the plywood boards on a rug, carpet or floor covering. Place the 2×4 lumber to form a square or rectangle frame. If you intend to attach tools to the sides of the workshop table (like a vise) you are building, it’s a good idea to indent the frame a little (leaving 2 to 4 inches between the frame and table edge). Screw the frame in place with wood screws. To avoid splitting the wood, first drill small holes before inserting the screws. Tip: Make sure the screws are of a length that will not over-penetrate the plywood tabletop.
Step 4: Build Table Legs
Place the 4 posts at the inside corners of the frame and screw them in place, first drilling small holes for the screws. Use L-shaped metal support brackets if you wish to build a heavy duty workshop table to support more weight. Enclose the posts on the exposed side with 2×4 lumber, then screw in place.
Step 5: Build Table Frame Supports
Insert 2×4 lumber sections inside the table frame. The more supports you insert, the sturdier the workshop table you are building will be. Fasten in place with screws and add L-shaped metal support brackets for added strength.
Step 6: Finish the Tabletop
Lay the second plywood board flat on your work area and squirt with heavy duty glue. Rest the workshop table you are building flush on top and leave to dry for several hours.
Step 7: Trim the Workshop Table Edges
To avoid bumping into share edges, saw the corners of the workshop table at a 45 degree angle. Follow by sanding with a palm sander all along the table’s edge and top.