After a moody winter, I emerged in spring of 2018 and realized that I needed a proper table to build things. Prior to having this table, I had been working on the floor, on sawhorses, on fold-out tables—and that was suitable for job-site construction projects with lax tolerances.
I watched dozens of YouTube videos and was most excited about building a modified Paulk Workbench. Look it up—there are many cool versions!
My workbench/assembly table is 4ft x 8ft. The height is about 3 ft, which is just a tad lower than my table saw, so it serves as a perfect outfeed table as well.
The top and bottom are separate, held together only by friction and gravity, which is sufficient, and allows me the flexibility to easily transport the table if I ever have to. I love all of the pockets below the surface where I can store small clamps, bench cookies, vacuum attachments, whatever.
I have a lot of clamping options through the holes and off the edge. Recently I installed a twin-screw vise that I saw from a Jay Bates video that allows me to do so much more with hand tools.
The whole thing sits on casters so I can wheel it around the shop, which I do often. I used some leftover casters that I had from a wire shelving kit. They work fine, but the brakes are a little awkward to engage, which is why I bought nice casters for my Planer Cart that I built later that year where the caster brake levers stick out more so I can step on them.
The whole project cost about $200. I think the plywood came in at about $40 a sheet for nice 3/4” plywood. I used maybe 2-3 sheets for the top, sides, and insides. The wood structure below is basic construction lumber, probably $30 worth. The plywood at the bottom of the table and the base is a cheaper grade of 3/4” ply, which was about $20 each.
I was able to build most of it myself in three days, but had my brother and my partner in the shop at times to help me with the heavy stuff like carrying the assembled top and squaring the torsion box and boring stuff like making hundreds of pocket holes for screws. (Sorry, Darius!) My partner also helped me cut out all the little holes on top with a Forstner bit, which is tedious, but it turned out fine even though she had no prior experience operating a drill.
For the past six months, I’ve used this table almost everyday and it’s been a worthwhile investment!