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How to build a work table
How to Build A Heavy Duty
Work Table
For my husband’s workshop I decided to build a heavy duty work table instead of buying one. The reason was simple: A heavy duty work table in the dimensions we wanted cost too much. Cheaper versions weren’t strong enough.

The workshop table I built is so strong, two adults can stand on it without worry. Best of all, a store-bought table this size would not have fit in the door. But by building the table in the room, I could opt for as large a tabletop as I liked.

Here's how I built this heavy duty work table:

Thing's you’ll need to build your heavy duty work table:

* 2 plywood sections in the tabletop dimensions you prefer.
* 4 fence posts, at least 4x4x4
* 2x4 lumber for building the table frame
* Wood screws
* Drill
* Saw
* Straight angle support brackets
* Sander and sandpaper 

Here are the steps to building the heavy duty work table:

Step 1:

Get the supplies at your home improvement store and place them in the room where the work table will stand. Assembling the table in the room allows you to build as big a table as you like, without concern for the doorway size. Use the lumber cutting services in the store to cut the lumber to the size you need.

The posts will form the legs under two layers of plywood. Make sure to reduce the height of the posts by the thickness of the plywood, to end up with the table height of your choice.
How to build a workshop table
Step 2:

Lay 1 plywood section on a rug, carpet, or other floor covering. Place 2x4 lumber to form the table aprons (frame). Rest the lumber on its 2 inch side.

If you want to attach work tools to the side of the table in future, build the table apron frame a few inches inside the tabletop. Attach the lumber to the plywood using wood screws at a length that will not over-penetrate the plywood. It’s a good idea to first drill holes for the screws to avoid splitting the wood.

Step 3:

Position the 4 posts inside the frame, at the corners and attach with 4 screws on each of the 2 sides. Place another 2x4 lumber section inside the frame to enclose the posts. First attach the lumber to the frame, then to the posts. The table legs will now be safely tucked between two sections of lumber. For extra support, add straight angle support brackets (L-shaped), as in the picture.

Step 4:

Add 2x4 sections inside the frame in the frequency of your choice, always using wood screws that will not over penetrate and pre-drilling the screw holes.

Step 5:

With the help of a friend, move the work table aside. Place a new section of plywood on your work area and spread liberally with heavy duty Liquid Nails. Place the work table over the plywood to glue the tabletop cover which will hide the screws and make the table heavy duty. Let dry for a few hours.

Step 6:

Using a hand saw, cut the corners of the work table at an angle to eliminate sharp edges you might bump into. Sand the edge of the table with a palm sander, as well as the tabletop to eliminate any surface flaws.

Step 7:

You can cover the table in rubber, felt or any other protective sheet depending on the kind of work you intend to do on the table. 

Comments? Questions? Drop me a line.
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