Workshop Table

There are a LOT of great Workshop Table examples and ideas on this site. I set out to make one that is strong, simple and easy to assemble. My goals for this build:

  • sturdy
  • top area 3ft x 8ft with an overhang
  • bottom shelf that is removable
  • wheels
  • table height 3ft

Thanks for looking!

Step 1: Plan

I did a quick sketch to plan the position of supports. For the shelf, I wanted to be able to just lay a piece of wood down without having to fuss with it or notch it around the supports. By sandwiching the diagonals between 2x4s, it leaves a nice ledge for the shelf. Sandwiched 2x4s is overkill for this table but it provides a lot of surface for attaching the diagonals without the worry of cutting perfect angles. The leg-end diagonals turned out to be unnecessary. The vertical center support helps with the shelf and I like how it looks.

Step 2: Materials and Tools

Materials

  • thick plywood
  • misc dimensional lumber (2x4, 2x6, 2x12, 4x4)
  • wheels
  • screws
  • metal brackets
  • polyurethane

Tools

  • saw
  • clamps
  • drill
  • sander
  • router
  • painting supplies

Step 3: Assembly

When cutting the pieces, I spent more time ensuring similar items were cut to the same length instead of worrying about the exact length. The wheels ended up having a base that was larger than the 2x4/4x4 leg so I added a 2x6 to the bottom of the legs.

I assembled the legs first paying special attention to keeping the assembly square. After determining the center of the leg assembly width, I attached the center boards and then positioned the diagonal boards to match each other.

I used metal brackets to attach the top to the center boards so I wouldn't have to screw through the top.

Step 4: Detailing

I used a router to give the table top edge a rounded corner and spent more time sanding than I usually do. The additional sanding made the final surface very smooth. After several coats of poly, the project is complete.

Step 5: Part 2

After completing the table I wasn't happy about how the top was attached to the legs. I showed it to a friend who wanted one for his shop. So I made another table with a few minor changes:

  • reversing the table leg orientation
  • using 2x6 boards for the underside of the table top
  • attach the table legs to the top without a bracket
  • attach the lower center support to the bottom of the legs
  • friend's last name starts with W so I modified the center support

Done...for now...

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    Ol Tusker

    8 days ago

    I like it...a lot. I have two 2' x 6' soapstone slabs that I want to build table frames for to make outdoor dining tables. Each extremely heavy and need to be mobile. I believe I have found my design...Thanks!

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    seamster

    11 days ago

    This is a great looking table - very solid and still mobile. Nicely done!