New owner and Glowforge came early

I ordered a Glowforge Plus last month and was quoted to come in April. Well it showed up a few weeks early before I got my space ready. Really excited to plug it in and play with it, but I don’t have a desk/table for it yet. Any suggestions on something affordable. Was looking at some workbenches from Lowes/Home Depot. It is going in a spare bedroom that has nothing in it.

Very excited how early it showed up, I should have started getting the room ready earlier.


Depending on whether cost is an issue, there are a bunch of great suggestions on here. I went with a 2 drawer metal horizontal filing cabinet.

There’s this IKEA hack:

From HD:

etc. Do a search in the forum for “table” and “cabinet” and while you’ll get some projects, but mostly what you’re looking for :smiley:


Congratulations on your new purchase. I bought the 2X4 Basics Custom Work Bench. It’s only the 4 corner pieces then you need to purchase the 2X4’s and the table separately. I used 1/2 MDF for mine and it has two shelves under the top table where my GF sits. It also comes with 6 brackets to makes 2 additional shelves, again the wood comes separate.

Search Amazon for 2x4basics 90164 Custom Work Bench and Shelving Storage System, Black


Congrats and welcome to the forum.
Any sturdy, level table will work. Here are some discussion threads to get you started. Search results for 'work table' - Glowforge Owners Forum


Congratulations and welcome!

My setup is a hand-me-down desk. Two filing cabinets with a very heavy wood desk top my father built across them. It was his desk for many years, and now it is mine. It works great for my GlowForge.

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Since you’re new you might like this:

I had a lot of these…

So I used one with two shelves under the Glowforge and put the extra shelves on two others, so it makes a very inexpensive place for the Glowforge and if desired use the Glowforge to make a decorative exterior!

They come in a number of sizes and most hardware and HD/ Lowes etc. will have them.

Welcome! There are lots of great suggestions on the forum. @deirdrebeth already shared the link to my IKEA hack, which has held up really well for the past few years.

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Welcome and thanks you for sharing some good news! It’s always nice to hear. I didn’t see anyone say this yet but if you’re handy you can always make one yourself. I made my table out of 2x4’s and 3/4" plywood. I was able to do shelving underneath for cleaning supplies and my PG Material. It’s strong, sturdy, and for me I had scrap around so it didn’t cost a thing! I can’t imagine that a few 2x4’s and some plywood would run you too much. Enjoy!

Check Craigslist for free/cheap desks/tables until you find something you really want.