How to Build a Large Work Table

What You'll Need
Power drill
Measuring tape
Lint-free rag

Even if you think that you do not have the knack for woodwork you should not give up trying projects which you might use in your everyday tasks, such as a work table. A work table is a useful piece of furniture which can be made use of in countless tasks and projects, especially in workshops and garages.

Step 1 - Choose the Wood

It is best to choose wood which is relatively cheap especially if you are going to use the table in a workshop and not to decorate your house with. However make sure to keep in mind the most important factor for a work table, which is that it should be durable, robust and large enough for what you will be using on it.

Step 2 - Plan the Table and the Dimensions

The next step is to draw out the table and the dimensions you shall be using to build it. Consider the space you have available, where you intend to put it and the ideal size which will meet your needs. If you already own a similar-sized table, this task will be very easy as you will only need to take note of the measurements to replicate a similar table.

Step 3 - Cutting the Wood

After deciding on the dimensions you need to cut out the wood according to such sizes. Obviously you will need to cut out the top of the table and the four legs. Make sure you use safety measures while cutting the wood with a saw.

Step 4 - Finishing the Table Top

The table top will consist of a number of strips or blocks of wood glued together if the work table is going to be a large one. Therefore the gluing process is very important and special care is needed to align all components.

Step 5 - Making Holes for the Legs

The next step is to make the holes where the table’s legs will be fixed. To do so make sure that the table top is level. If it is not you may need to sand it.

Step 6 - Fix the Legs

Afterwards insert the legs into the holes and use glue to fix them. It is suggested that you leave it to stand overnight so that the glue does its job. For extra strength you may also fix the legs by means of screws to the underside of the table. You may also make use of brackets at each angle. Upon fixing all the four legs turn the table and check whether there is stability as this will determine whether you have accomplished the task of building a stable and usable the table or not.

Step 7 – Finishing Touches

It is suggested that you provide a smoother finish to your table by using a sander. This will also help in providing a uniform look as it is or after being painted. Wipe off the sawdust with a damp lint-free rag and at this point you can go ahead and add some color to the table. Alternatively you can just add a coating or two of clear varnish.

Building your work table yourself by following these guidelines has its advantages. You can construct it according to your requirements, it is cheaper and it can be a very satisfying task.