As the title states, this Instructable will show you how to build an VERY large table out of a hollow core door and PVC pipe and fittings. They can be used for anything, such as craft tables, train tables, light desks or for garage sales or even family dinners as a ‘kids table’. It is entirely up to you. We needed ten of them and we use them as desks. This was our first one we built.
We built each one for $74.
We could have gone to Costco and purchased a bunch of folding tables for $39.99 each, but this one actually looks pretty nice and classy, has a stainable/paintable top and is perfectly smooth. Best of all its BIG, coming in at 36”D x 80”L. Hence the ‘Mega Awesome Super’ moniker.
A couple of notes on this Ible:
- Hollow-Core vs. Solid-Core: I chose a hollow core down to keep costs down, and since our tables weren’t going to be abused, they didn’t need to be as ‘tough’. If you want your table to take more of a beating or is more of a workbench, I recommend a solid core door, however, the price is about $25 more and they are substantially heavier (which is not all bad and the structure will still hold). You could also substitute an Ikea tabletop if you have an Ikea store near by.
- Fittings: The PVC fittings we used are all from Formufit (formufit.com), which I have used in the past on my other PVC projects. I chose these because they have the Table Caps, 4-Ways and the flat End Caps that are needed to make this with the fewest parts. Their total on this project was $30, but that is because I used their crosses and tees. You could cut the cost down if you used plumbing grade on those two items, but it wont look as pretty and I am not sure if the pipe inserts into the fittings at the same depth.
- Pipe: I used plumbing grade PVC pipe from Home Depot to keep costs down. Had I had a larger budget, I would have used Furniture Grade PVC pipe, which is prettier, stronger and last longer, but I didn’t. If we build more in the future, we will probably do Furniture Grade pipe.