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Hello this instructable will go through basic steps to make a solid, large work bench or work desk for your home or business area.

- Made at Techshop (www.techshop.com)

Step 1: Buy materials

Materials used for this work desk:

Metal:
4 leg pieces - I used 2"x2" square profile steel tubing, 1/8" thick, 28" long (after final cut)
4 square table mounting pieces - 6"x6" x 1/4" thick steel, wit 4 holes drilled near corners to attach final welded legs to wood table underside
4 metal bases - One large 12" x 40" x 1/4" thick steel piece which was plasma cut to make 4 bases for the 4 legs
Metal cost:  ~$60-80 depending on where you go to get the metal and if you can use some scrap/salvage metal

Wood:
1 solid core wood door - cut down to specific size, 32" x 60" birch, 1 3/8" thick
Wood cost:  ~$80

Supplies:
Wood stain + polyurethane varnish (or spray cans) - I used matte for wood, gloss for metal legs to increase shine
Wood mounting screws
Felt sticky pads to put under table legs and prevent floor scratches (+ allow easy movement)
Supply cost:  ~$40

Total work desk cost:  ~$200
Comparable furniture design store cost:  $1500-$3000
 
I love this Instructable. I have a desk that does not please me. It once served a purpose but now needs an upgrade. This desk is simple to construct and, being a welder myself, is in the range of my abilities. Attractive, utilitarian and damned well built. Be proud, for sure, of your achievement! I'm surprised to not see a great deal more comments!
philo271 (author)  pddonovan20111 year ago
Hey thanks very much. If you're a welder than you can do this no problem. Best of luck with your builder projects.
That table is really beautiful and so well constructed! Nice :D
philo271 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Hi Penolopy,
Thanks for the comment on my table and I love your cool rainbow hair! Totally awesome and I've never seen that before either :)
nettro12 years ago
This is really nice. Really. Now where did I put my plasma cutter? Maybe I loaned it to a neighbor?
Prototyp 813 years ago
nice setup :)