Simple, cheap work table.

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Project by JeffC posted 04-05-2012 05:27 AM 4247 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My better half wanted a sturdier table then the plastic folding table she was using for glass work.

While being a novice at wood working, I do have some experience in project management and tried to get a good requirements document before starting. A piece of advice I learned during this process, rather then try to extract requirements, just compile a list of what was wrong or missing on the table being replaced. From this list, I put together a simple list:

  • Sturdy
  • Smooth, flat top
  • Open underneath
  • Top flush with apron front and rear, but slight overhang left to right
  • As cheap as possible

So it ended up just being jointed/planed dimensional 2×4’s, glued up two for each leg, half lapped the stretchers along the bottom, top frame is like a small studded pony wall on its side, held up by half the doubled up legs. Top is 1/2” MDF.

Finish was danish oil, top was painted with some oil based deck paint I had, and finished with paste wax.

I think overall it cost about $35-40 in materials. So simple, cheap, but met the requirements.

PS, second pic is getting the daughter involved, and no, with long sleeves, she was relegated to measuring.

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#1 posted 04-05-2012 01:33 PM

You have a lovely daughter and a great table!

Thanks for posting!
Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#2 posted 04-05-2012 11:06 PM

Nice table, you gotta start somewhere

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 04-06-2012 03:40 AM

Nothing wrong with it in my opinion. All you need now is a vise and you will have a good platform to start from.

-- John, Phoenix-AZ

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