Homemade Craft Table and Workbench

Since Karrie always has some sort of project going on, i thought it would be a good idea if she had a nice place to work. My idea was to make her a table similar to my workbench in the basement, only it would be for all sorts of arts and crafts projects.

As usual, it started with a quick sketch on my whiteboard. I guess i was lazy because that's also where it ended. This was all i came up with.

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Like before, the table top would be made out of one 4'x8' sheet of melamine.
Melamine is a smooth plastic coating that is added onto a type of particle board. It's great for workbenches and simple table tops.

Last time i cut the melamine in half and use the first 2' section for my workbench top and the second section for a table by the washer and dryer. This time i cut the board in half, then cut one of those pieces in half again. That way i could connect all 3 pieces into the shape of a U-bend.

But before i did all that i decided to hang up another peg board. That way she would have lots of space to hang supply's and tools on the wall. Luckily i bought a second peg board a long time ago when i made my workbench, i was always planning on hanging the 2nd one up but never got around to it. I figure you can never have too many peg boards, like garage space, you will always be able to fill it up with something. So i cleared some space out where the table was going to be.

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Then i hung the peg board on the wall.

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I attached it to the wall the same way as i had before. I used a masonry drill bit to drill into the concrete block wall. Then i inserted those "plastic screw spacers" into the hole, then attached two 1"x2" boards vertically. That gave me a solid support to simply screw the peg board into.

Then just to get an idea of what the table would look like, i used milk crates and set the melamine board on top.

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And then used more milk crates to make the U-shape.

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Then i drew another highly detailed design for how the legs would be made and what they would be made out of. I decided on PVC pipe because of it's simple and clean look. As long as the table didn't wobble, it would work just fine.

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Then the plans sort of changed. The original idea was to make it only around 28" high so that Karrie could sit in an office chair and work. But after talking about it, we decided that instead of using it as a craft table it would just be sort of a storage area for some projects. It's actually not that fun sitting and working in a cold dark basement. Usually if i'm working on some tedious thing i try to go upstairs and do it while sitting in front of the TV.

So i just decided to make the table the exact same way as i had made the other table. The only difference this time is that i planned on using nails instead of screws. I decided to use nails for two reasons. The first is that i didn't have any more 2.5" screws and the second is that building the table out of nails would go a lot faster.

So i bought the 2x4's which only cost around $2.60 each.

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Then i measured and cut all of the boards to length.
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It was easy not having to rethink how everything would work and fit together. I just measured the piece from the table that i had already built. Also instead of using the miter handsaw i used the new 18-volt circular saw that Karrie got me for my birthday. Cutting all the boards just took a few minutes. You can see it in the background in the picture above.
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Then i built the two end pieces. I used the 90 degree square and made sure that the top and bottom board were flush to the legs.
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Then i nailed the front and back rails together and added the bottom center brace. I actually had to use 2 screws to attach the bottom support because it kept pulling apart and the friction from the nails weren't enough to hold it together.
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That was basically it, i just had to push it into place. Like before i didn't attach the white melamine to the table. It just sits freely on top.

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This is actually a very easy DIY homemade work bench. I built this second one in under an hour. It helps when i was able to walk over to the work bench i had already made and check my measurements. The first table took some time because i had to think about how the pieces would fit together and decide how high and long each board needed to be. But this time there was no thinking involved. Just measure and repeat.
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Here it is all done and in place. Since i took this picture i added a board on the bottom support for a lower shelf. And we also hung up a lot more stuff on the wall.

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