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Video:How to Build a Portable Shop Table

with Peter Laurence

Want to learn about building a portable shop table by yourself? Here, see tips and tricks for doing it as easily as possible.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Build a Portable Shop Table

Hi. I’m Peter Laurence for About.com and today I’m going to show you how to build a two foot by four foot portable shop table.

Supplies for Building a Portable Shop Table

You’ll need:

  • a mitre saw and eye protection glasses
  • two by fours totaling 42 feet in length
  • 2x4 foot piece of ½ inch fiberboard for the table top
  • A drill with a Philips head bit
  • A square to check your angles
  • measuring tape
  • a pencil to mark the lengths
  • a clamp
  • 2 1/2” screws
  • 1 ¼ inch screws
  • ¾ inch panhead screwsand casters that are 1 ½ inches wide by 2 5/8 in length

Instructions for Building a Portable Shop Table

For the top support and base, measure and cut four 4’ lengths. Then measure and cut six 21” lengthsWhen assembled, these will form two foot by four foot rectangles. Next, measure and cut six 31” lengths for the legsNow you’re ready to assemble the table. Use 2 ½ inch screws to join two 4’ lengths with three 21” pieces for the top support, using the drill and Philips head bit to drive the screws. Use the square to make sure the angles are at 90 degrees.

More Instructions for Building a Portable Shop Table

Now do the exact same thing to create the base as they will be identical. Using a clamp, attach the legs to the support and base using 2 ½ inch screws. Place the legs inside the top support and attach them with two 2 1/2" screws in each leg.

Now place the fiber board on the finished frame and fasten down with 1 1/4" screws. The final step is to attach the casters to the leg bottoms using the ¾ inch pan head screws.

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