While considering my options for hacking an IKEA (or generally, any <$50) table (inspired from My Glowforge Table)… I came across some DIY table plans I thought might make it easy for those still eyeing solutions.
i like cheap workbenches. most recently i had an 8 foot sheet of ply cut into two 2’x6’ sections (plus a 2’x4’) to fit in the car. got home, stacked them on top of each other, and gorilla glue taped them to two filing cabinets. rock. steady. way better than i expected (it’s a temporary solution but honestly it works so well for being cheap as chips).
Kind of fall into the same category. A lot of folks want, or truly need, to have a table that looks nice in a clean suburban home. Not necessary here. My Glowforge was always going to be installed in a working art space. Lots of paint splatters, easels, drafting tables, glass fragments, storage racks, etc. in an unfinished basement. Don’t care what it looks like. As soon as I got the email that a pre-Release was on it’s way, went down to the local junk store picked up a $10 shaky desk, re-screwed and glued it back together for rigidness. Later, I slapped together $15 worth of lumber to create under desk material storage. Functional and completely unshakable. Could have used paint to make it prettier but why bother?
One quick note as input for those of us who still have time to anticipate delivery of our special little one. (And still Jonesing! Ha) Spring auction time is upon us and usually very few folks are looking to drag home something as large as a workbench. Also they sometimes go pretty cheap due to that fact. My latest one I got for the huge sum of $15, and that was with a bench vise. So keep an eye open for opportunities, heck ewe already think outside the usual box! Ha