This is my first Instructable and one of my first projects I have done on my own. I believe it turned out very well but I did make a few little mistakes. My goal was to build work table for my wife and I to use for medium duty work. In other words it will easily hold 30 pounds and large objects but I don't think it would stand up too well to a lot of hammering and very heavy objects.
The table work surface is 30 inches off the ground. The table surface is 3 feet deep and 4 feet wide. The legs are 2x4s. The back legs extend up through the desk to use as the supports for the shelves.
Below is the finished work table.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Approximately 30 feet of 2x4's (4 8 foot long 2x4's)
3x4 feet of plywood for table surface
1x4 feet of plywood for one shelf (double for two shelves)
2x4 feet of pegboard
3.5 inch wood screws
1.5 inch wood screws (for shelves and pegboard)
Step 2: Build Front and Back Leg Frames
I built the frame for the back legs first using 2 4 foot long 2x4's with 2 43 inch long 2x4 horizontal pieces to hold it together. Note that this is 43 inches and not 48 inches long. This allows a 2.5 inch overhang of the table surface. The lower horizontal is 7 inches (check) above the ground (measure from the bottom of the 2x4) and the upper horizontal is 30 inches above the ground (measured from the top of the 2x4). I then used 30 inch 2x4's for the front with only one horizontal support set 30 inches high. The lower support on the front frame was left off to create leg room.