DIY Assembly Table- Make it possible yourself
Have you ever stared at a DIY assembly table and felt like “I wish I could make one for myself”?
Well, the time has come if you are ready and willing to make one for you only. Your family might need one as well to serve the guests.
However, if you want to gift it to your girlfriend, that might be a unique idea too.
A lot of thought can come and go, but first, we have to build it either all the plans will go in vain.
Let me show you how can you build a DIY assembly table step by step.
Before I start, I would like to tell you that I prefer the best material I can afford to make something on my own. I hope you will do the same because that’s what makes it last longer.
MATERIALS YOU NEED
- Glue, putty, stain
- 1 ¼” brad nails
- 33″ long supports- 4×4 lumber- 4 pieces
- 31 ½” long legs- 4×4 lumber-4 pieces
- 22″ long braces -2×4 lumber- 8 pieces
- 81″ long supports -4×4 lumber- 4 pieces, 33″ long supports-2 pieces
- 48″x96″ long-tabletop- ¾” plywood – 2 pieces
- 8′- 2×4 timber – 2 pieces
- 8′- 4×4 timber – 8 pieces
- 4’x8′ – ¾” plywood – 3 pieces
- 40″x80″ long shelf – ¾” plywood – 1 piece
- 2 ½” screws, 2 ½” pocket screws
- 3″ swivel casters (2w/brake)- 4 pieces (additional)
- 1″ wood screws – 16 pieces (for casters)
- Drill bits and Drill machinery
- Jigsaw, miter saw
- Safety Gloves
- Carpentry pencil
- Chalk line
- Tape measure
- Spirit level
How much time it’s going to take?
Well, I think one day is enough to make this table.
HOW TO BUILD A DIY ASSEMBLY TABLE?
Step 1: Build the Sides
The first and most important thing is to make the base for the table. Either it’s a building or a table without support, it won’t be able to stand.
So, we have to build the sides first. The dimension of the legs should be right, so cut the pieces carefully and aline them. The height of the legs will be 31 ½”. Then, attach the 33″ supporting lumber with the leg by drilling pocket holes at both ends of the support horizontally and put in 2 ½” pocket screws.
Put the second support 16” down. Assemble the second side by following the same way. Don’t forget to put glue on the joints.
If you want the table to be longer than mine then, you
can bigger the size of the legs. However, each of the legs should cut
accurately into the same sizes either; you will be in trouble.
Step 2: Attach the frame of the table
Once you finish the sides, you can move onto the next part. To put a flat surface on the table, we have to attach the frames. Now, we have to fit the long 81″ long supports one by one.
You can start from the lower end or any side you are comfortable with. The distance between the upper and lower frame should be the same as the sides.
You have to drill pocket holes on both sides of the
support and attach them with 2 ½” pocket screws. Put glue to each
connection, and if there is any surplus amount, you can remove it with a damp cloth.
Step 3: Fit supports in the middle
After you finish attaching all the frames, then you have to come to the center. You can use an inch tape to figure out the middle part of the table.
The reason behind putting the supports in the middle setting the braces, which will help to place the tabletop on it. Drill pocket holes at both sides and put the 33″ middle supports. Pop in 2 ½” screws.
Step 4: Braces for tabletop
Now, you have to attach the braces with the upper frame and middle support of the table. Before connecting the braces, you have to cut the sides of the table at 45 degrees. Then, join four pieces of 2×4 braces on each side from the middle by putting 2 ½” screws but make sure that the corners are square.
Step 5: Build and Fit the lower shelf
You can assemble the table without the lower shelf. However, the lower shelf makes your assembly table more beautiful, and it is also handy because it allows you to keep things on it. Let’s build it.
Now, take a big piece of ¾” inch plywood. If you prefer any other materials, you can choose too. Cut the shelf according to the measurement of 40″x80″.
As we fit it in the lower end so, we have to make some
notches around the four corners. The size of each notch should be 3 ½”x 3
½”. Once you finish building the lower shelf, you can put it to the lower
end and lock it with 1 ½” brad nails.
Step 6: Making the tabletop
It’s time to build the tabletop. Take two sheets of ¾” plywood for it. Now, cut them according to the measurement of 48″x 96″. After cutting both the layers according to the measurement, align them with glue.
Make sure to check the edges are plain, and the sheets stick together firmly. Leave it for some moment. Our tabletop is ready.
Step 7: Installing the Tabletop
Lay the tabletop on the frame of the assembly table. Make sure it overhangs on each side and check the corners are 4″x 4″ out of the frame. Once you finish checking up, you have to drill pilot holes in every side and put in 2 ½” screws. Don’t forget to countersink the top of the screws. Your DIY Assembly table is almost done, just one step far, however this is additional.
Step 8: let’s fly with the casters on (Additional)
Well, flying with the casters is impractical, but it will make it easier for you to move your assembly table. You could finish your table with the 8th step, that would be okay as well. However, if you want your table to move smoothly like me, then, I prefer installing caster wheels on the table.
It will cost you a little bit more, but that’s okay for the versatility. Isn’t it?
I prefer a 3” swivel caster with a locking brake mechanism. However, you can also use one without a locking system. Mount the casters on each leg and put 1′ wood screws through the metal bracket to lock it with the legs.
Finally, your assembly table is ready for use.
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If you have a passion or fascination with woodworking, I hope that the process that we stated above will help you. We’ve gone through step by step to make the process easier for you.
Don’t be afraid to start. It may seem hard at the beginning, but later it will seem more accessible.
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