After collecting all of the materials, cutting and assembling the table took me around 3 hours . I know I could make it faster, but I took my time to document each step. Depending on your skill level, I would assume it would take you the same amount of time to build this table. If you have never touched a tool in your life and don't know how to use a tape measure, it will probably take you quite a bit longer.
The Cost of this table, assuming that you have your own tools, will be right around $40. This may vary depending on where you buy your materials, I bought mine at Lowe's.
If you do not have all of the tools to complete this project, which are listed in the first step, I would recommend asking a friend to borrow their or else you will be spending anywhere between $ 70-$330. This will vary depending on the quality of the tools.
Tip: Make sure that you have a flat, level surface to assemble the table on.
Step 1: Gathering your materials
Lumber : (Prices vary by store)
1- 3/4"x24x48, Stain Grade Wooden Panel
Recommendation: If you do not have a truck to haul the lumber to your house you can ask to get the 12' 2"x6" and 2"x4" boards cut into two 6' studs to fit them into your vehicle.
54-2 1/2" torque screws ($6.93+tax for 87 screws)
Tools: (Price of my tools)
Tape Measure ($15)
Star drill-bit (will come in box of Screws)
Circular Saw ($100)
Safety Glasses ($10)
Step 2: Cutting Safety
1. Always wear safety glasses when cutting material
2. Never place fingers in path of the saw.
3. Always make sure the power chord is in a dry location and is not frayed.
Step 3: Cutting the Frame
Cut from 12' 2"x6" Board:
2 @24" Boards (front and back) (A)
2 @45" Boards (sides) (B)
Cut from 16' 2"x4" Board:
2 @24" Boards (braces) (C)
2 @6" Boards (braces) (D)
Step 4: Cutting Tabletop (E) & Laptop Shelf (F)
Cut tabletop to 24"x45"
You will be able to use the scrap from the wooden panel to make the shelf to hold your laptop under the table. This piece will be attached to the two long supports, which will be 15" apart on center to fit any size laptop. The scrap piece will be 6"x24".
Cut the scrap piece to 6"x16 1/2" to make the shelf.
Step 5: Cutting the legs (G's)
The leg height I used and would recommend, was 17". To make the legs, cut eight 2"x4" pieces at this length.
Cut from remainder of 16' 2"x4"board:
8-17" Boards (legs)
Hint: Make sure all of the legs are EXACTLY the same length to ensure that the table is level when completed.
Step 6: List of Pieces
B- Sides of frame
C- Center supports
D- Edge supports
E- Table top
F- Laptop shelf
Step 7: Assemble Frame (A & B)
Start 3 screws, evenly spaced vertically, 3/4" away from the edge of the frame. Place the square in the corner and ensure that the two boards are snug against the square, making a 90 degree angle.
Drive the screws into B while pushing B down onto A to ensure a tight fit.
Repeat this step for the remaining 3 corners of the frame.
Tip:To easily space screws, use width of the square for a even 1 1/2" spacing.
Step 8: Install Center Supports (C's)
Measure horizontally along either A, from the inside edge of a perpendicular B , 12 3/4" and make a mark. Place the right edge of the square on the measured and the handle tight against the table top. Make lines on both sides of the square, perpendicular to the table top.
Start two screws on the outside of the frame, in between the lines you just made, 1 3/4" and 3 1/4"(width of square) from the top of the table. Measure from the ground since the table is upside down. Measure 12 3/4" and start screws for the other end of board before inserting board C .
Place board C in between the lines. The fit should be snug since C is the same length as B . Make sure that the board is between the lines, which will make a 90 degree angle with the table top.
Drive the screws into board C while pushing C down onto E to ensure a tight fit.
Repeat Step 7 for the other C on the opposite side of the table.
Step 9: Install Edge Supports (D's)
Place a D vertically in between the two marks. Start two screws, staggered and angled so the drill can reach the screw, as show above. Screw the two screws into D while pushing D down onto E to ensure a tight fit.
Repeat Step 8 on the inside of the opposite B .
Step 10: Secure table top (E's) onto frame
Measure 3/4" into the table top E, from center of each edge of the supports C&D .
Drive screws into measured mark.
Repeat 5 more times until you have E secured.
Step 11: Attach legs (G's)
Start two screws in the bottom of the leg, staggered and slightly angled (approximately 30 degrees) away from the table top.
Use square to ensure that the leg is perpendicular to the table top and also parallel to B . Drive the screws through G , into B. This will help with the strength of the table since the legs will be straight.
Repeat this step for the remaining 3 corners.
Once the first set of legs is in repeat the step again, except this time butt the wide side of G up against A and butt the skinny side up against the first leg you installed. Also, make sure that the second set of legs are parallel to A as well and drive the screws through G, into A . This will ensure that the legs make a 90 degree angle and minimal, if any, wiggle room.
Step 12: Attaching Laptop Shelf (F)
Drive a screw into each corner of F , offsetting each screw 3/4" from each edge of the shelf.