College Budget, Customizable, and Simple Table/stand

Introduction: College Budget, Customizable, and Simple Table/stand

While I do love to have quality items made by businesses, some are too expensive or too flimsy for me to afford or waste my time buying. That's why I decided to try and make my own small, but practical, stand. The cost? A measly 2 bucks! All you need are:
* About an hour and a half to three hours (depending on the amount of features or how fast you build)

* A  3/4" x 12" x 48" laminated shelf (I found one for $1.99, and it came double sided in a granite finish)
* A hand saw (preferably a table saw to make it go quicker)
* A tape measure
* (optional) A mallet
No other hardware necessary!

It's not the prettiest, strongest, or neatest shelf  ever, but for $2 you can set a pretty good load on top (easily holds 15 lbs. without bowing), collapsible, and can be built with many shelves and lengths. A good deal in my book.
(Note: The photo was not assembled incorrectly (*cough, cough*). It was built to show off the two colored finish, and since the model was built symmetrically I can flip it over so a brown or a black table top shows.
(creates a  [H x W x D] 20" x 14" x 12" table/stand)

Step 1: Cutting the Table Top and Leg Sections

Start off the project by plotting out three sections: 2x 14" sections, and a 20" section for the legs (see below illustration)
After cutting out the leg section measure out roughly 2 3/4"  (it's exactly 2 13/16", the plank was only 11 1/4") then cut the four legs out

Step 2: Adding the Notches, Challenging But Doable (including Assembly)

The next thing you'll need to do is cut out the notches for the legs to fit in the table shelf. First measure an inch from each long end of the four corners. Then cut out an approx.  3/4" square notch at the inside ends of where you marked an inch inwards. Do this four all four corners. (see photo if you need help)

After you get that done for both "shelf" boards you can start to work on the legs. Simply do the same as the the other boards except you'll measure an 1 1/2" from the same side along the long end instead of 1 inch and you'll only make two notches per leg. (see photo below)

If there are any burrs in the notch areas, use a utility knife or wire brush to remove them. Then simply line up and pound in the notches on the legs with the notches on the larger boards to finish this up. You can use the idea to make bigger versions, seal it with varnish, paint it, raise it, lower it, make more shelves for it, the possibilities are nearly endless. Enjoy!

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Remembers me of the plywood projects from old Popular mechanic magazine. Looks beautiful.