Intro: Build a Work Table for Your Work Shop
Build this 4 ft x 4ft Work Table. Built from pine 2x4, 4x4 and 3/4, 1/2 MDF plywood. Features a pegboard, two electrical outlets, and three shelves on each side. The top has tic-tac-toe board shaped tracks for holding down work with your own jigs. Table edges extend past edges to allow for clamping. Top inserts between track are removable/replaceable. Can be replaced with soft material so that delicate items are not scratched. Put hard top pieces on for rough building work.
Comments welcome. If you build one, send me a picture... I'd like to see it.
Author comments added (6-Dec-2008):
1) Some of you want dimensions. I have these in AutoCAD DWG format for each part. I will upload that today for you to download. If you don't have AutoCAD to view the drawing then you can download a free DWG file viewer. All parts and assembly are on one DWG drawing. Use tabs across bottom (or zoom in) to view each part and assembly. Turn layers of the drawing on and off as desired.
2) For those that just want rough dimensions. Well it has 4x4ft top and is built to be the same height as my table saw to help hold large pieces while being cut.
3) For those that wanted to add wheels. As you can see in the pictures the bottom of the table has a gap between the floor. My plan is to build a device to mount under the table which will allow the table to be moved on a cushion of air connected to my shop air compressor or shop vac. That device is still in the prototype stages though. As you can see in the AutoCAD drawings the bottom rails have a cutout. In case you are wondering what these cuts are for... well its is to accept the air lift module that slides under the table.
4) I uploaded a material list (with assembly order instructions). It fits together nicely like a puzzle, but you must follow the assembly order to get all the parts together correctly.
5) Added a few more pictures for your enjoyment.
Step 1: Tools Used
Table saw, drill press, circular saw, scroll saw, sander, sand paper, dado blade, router, wood chisles, newspaper, blue masking tape, rubber hammer, drill, level, square, screwdrivers, wire cutter/stripper, paint supplies, rags, vacuum, pencil, ruler, AutoCAD (or free DWG viewer program).
Step 2: Collect Material
Buy sheets of 3/4 and 1/2 MDF (medium density fiberboard) for top subsurface, shelves, and bottom. Buy pine 4x4 for legs, Buy pine 2x4 for shelf supports, interior structure, and top surface edges.
Buy hold down tracks (comes with knobs and bolts for creating your own jigs). Buy electrical outlets, covers, bolts, screws.
Step 3: Cut the Pieces
Cut the top inserts from any material (soft or hard wood). Cut inserts to fit around the track pattern of your choice.
Cut bottom shelf. Grooves hold sides of shelves in place.
Cut Shelves and pegboards for each side.
Cut support structure for shelves and edges of table.
Cut all parts prior to assembly.
Step 4: Assemble the Work Table
Assembly one side at a time. After three side are assembled slide in the bottom and center shelves. The attach the last side. Rope helps to hold the assembly together (and square) until the fourth side has been installed.
Step 5: Wire It Up
Cut holes in each side for electrical outlets.
Mount an electrical junction box just under the top on one of the center cross beams. Run wires to each outlet. Connect all wires in the junction box. A pigtail hangs on the outside of table is used to power all the outlets from house power.