This instructable will show you how to make your own computer table out of a couple of two by fours and a 1x12 board. I needed a good stable work table to use for my computer and this is what I came up with. This is my first major woodworking project, but its quite simple so long as your able to use a specific number off tools.
-Drop Saw or Radial Arm Saw
-Wood glue(not really a tool, but you should use some)
You will also need about 15 feet of 2x4 wood, and whatever type of wood you want for your table top. I used 1x12 wood and joined two pieces together at the top. This project took a few hours after school and cost nothing, as i had the materials in my basement.
Step 1: Design and Concept
My first step involved drawing up a skech of what i wanted on some paper. I then drew it up in Google Sketch up, a free 3D drafting software package. The Dimension are pictured in some of the extra photos and ill tag them just to make sure there legible, but they can be modified. My table is a bit high, because i have a tall computer chair.
Step 2: Construction (pt 1)
Now we get are hands dirty. First cut out all the materials to the specified lengths marked in the last slide. You will need two 30" pieces, two 23.5", two 14", one 21", and then for the table top two 12x32x1 pieces of wood. everything but the table top uses two by fours. Use the chop saw for this, its most efficient.
Now with all your pieces assembled you will need to cut some 45 degree angles into the 30" and 23.5 inch pieces. Measure the angle off the corner of the wood, and you should get a 3.5x3.5 isosceles triangle as your cutoff, which you can use if you want to reinforce the corners of the table. Look at the picture below, this is the elbow joint at the bottom, once they are cut you can nail/screw them into place. Putting some wood glue between the joints works well as well.
Step 3: Construction (pt 2)
Now with both legs completed you must put on the top strut that will support the table top. These are the 14 inch pieces. they can be skrewed directly on with some woodglue on the joints.
Now for the most satisfying part of the project...making your heap of sticks into a table. We are going to now screw our table top onto the 14 inch struts! Depending on your table top and how far out you want it to protrude, will dermine where you place it, but what is crucial here is that when you drill through the top of the table you hit the two 14 inch struts beneath. just remember that they are 21 inches apart to 24 inches.
Your DONE! now all you need to do is sand your masterpiece off and if you want to stain or paint. I like the natural wood so i went ahead and left it plain. feel free to ask questions, i didn't take pictures sadly during construction, but this 3D model should help. Hopefully ill be able to upgrade to Inventor or something in the future!