So here goes.
As it's my first posting here, I didn't take pictures as I went so please excuse the pics of the finished article, but I think it's simple enough to follow anyway.
Step 1: Start With a Cheap Used Table
Step 2: Get Some Parts From the Local DIY Store
15mm Copper Wall Plate Elbow (outside water tap adaptor) £3
15mm Compression Elbow £2
15mm Copper Pipe - one length will suffice £6
15mm Saddle pipe clips (10 pack is £3, but only using 4)
4 Carpet tiles - found some cheap ones on clearance in our local DIY store. Doesn't matter if the colour doesn't match as you'll see later £4
Total spend so far plus the table at £3.20 is around £21-£22
Also you'll need a staple gun and staples (of course), and some self tapping screws. Also some small machine screws and nuts for creating the dog lead hooks.
Also I needed a strip of 18x69 planed timber
Step 3: Now Put It All Together
Cut the pipe the the desired length for a vertical and add the elbow
Cut another length to run horizontally.
Finish the pipe end with a push on End Stop
Add the pipe clips for the dog leads (head and tail leads needed)
Step 4: Cover the Table
Stapling allows us to replace them in the future if they get a little worn, by simply levering them off.
Step 5: Lessons Learnt
Alternatively you can use 22mm pipe and fittings but 22mm wallplate elbows are a little rare and 22mm pipe is more than twice the cost.
However even with all this the total build cost is around a 1/3rd of what you'd pay for a proper grooming table.You can save even more by using end feed solder pipe fittings, but I didn't fancy my chances with that so I stuck with easier compression fittings.
I wouldn't recommend push fit connectors because they allow rotation and plastic pipe which is neither stiff nor strong enough.