Instructables

Build Garage Work Table With Attached Shelves

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.
 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

Tools
Table Saw
Miter Saw
Jigsaw
Drill
Level/Square
Tape Measure

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.
jforester17 months ago
Just finished mine yesterday, only changes were I ran my pegboard to the top of back legs, also I put pegboard on the outside both left and right and screwed it to the upper and lower 2 x 4 side frame boards, then added two pretty heavy coats of polyurethane to the table top to keep plywood from sticking up and to liquid proof it so it wouldn't stain the top. The only other idea is maybe adding my last bit of pegboard to cover the inside back wall. I'll just cut it to width and heighth and screw it to the top and bottom frame boards, I also routered the shelves and the table top. Anyway nice idea, I just made a few small changes. Any questions just holler at me..

JEFF F.
Elk City, OK
lilchumy1 year ago
So about how much money did this cost you?
Eh Lie Us!1 year ago
Great looking doggie!
eranox3 years ago
Am I really the first to comment?

This looks like a fantastic work table, and is just what I need for my shop. It's easy, inexpensive, and useful, which meets all three of my requirements. I like that it features both shelves and pegboard storage. I'll likely throw a sheet of plywood over the stretcher boards underneath the main work table to give myself additional storage for large tools. I may also add additional support boards under the work surface so that the table might handle a bit more weight.

The lower shelf looks like a good place to add a cheap shop light, and I'll probably add a few electrical outlets and maybe an air hose coupling at the back of the table so that I don't have to fool with getting behind the table to plug and unplug my power and air tools. This is a great project, and has tons of potential for customization. Thanks for the great 'ible!
stidem (author)  eranox3 years ago
Yep, you were the first to comment.

Before I built this work table I actually built a very similar workarea to this that was workbench height. I put a sheet of plywood underneath just like you said. I also placed another 2x4 along the bottom to give more support for the heavy items I placed on there.
do the legs fold or does the table fold
stidem (author)  yousuffarooq3 years ago
Neither the legs or table fold. I would imagine that a few well placed hinges and a locking mechanism could make it foldable.