To make the table flat and square, you build it from
the top down. To construct the top frame, connect the 2 x 4s with wood glue and 3-inch screws.
Flip the frame over so you use the truest side and
cover it with the 3/4-inch medium density fiberboard (MDF). If you are going to have your table
top be a piece that you can drill into, weld on, and
generally abuse, do not use glue to attach it, just
1.5-inch screws. Countersink the holes.
Turn the top frame over and attach
the four legs with wood glue and
3-inch screws. Make sure everything is as square as possible and
then fasten the 17.5-inch leg doublers on the outside of each leg
with glue and 2.5-inch screws.
Build the lower 2 x 4 shelf frame,
again using wood glue and
With the table upside down, put
the shelf frame on the table legs
with the glue and 2.5-inch screws
and add the remaining 8.5-inch
Turn the table upright and fasten
the lower shelf plywood in place
with the 1.5-inch screws.
The two tables can be configured side by side
or end to end.
Add to the versatility of your workbench
with a caster set that locks in place.
Instructions and photos are available
MAKES ; WORKTABLES PRICE
1 #10 countersink bit for your drill
1 3/4-inch x 4-by-8-foot MDF
1 1/2-inch x 4-by-8-foot plywood
14 2-by-4-inch x 8-foot premium studs
1 box 3-inch coarse thread drywall or construction screws
1 box 2.5-inch coarse thread drywall or construction screws
1 box 1.5-inch coarse thread drywall or construction screws
1 Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue, 16 ounces
We purchased all of our materials from Lowe’s ince most people have one of those nearby. We used medium density fiberboard (MDF) for
the top surface because it provides a flat and
true work surface. We used coarse drywall
screws because Lowe’s construction screws
Total Cost for Two Workbenches: $86.35