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I FINALLY got a full size dust collector (from Harbor Freight, it’s working great so far) but to fit it in my shop, I had to move a cabinet around and temporarily move my drill press. Once it was in place, I could fit the drill press back where it was, but I needed a fast, sturdy table to put it on.  It’s really heavy, and narrow, so I needed a table to fit in a small space, but be strong enough to support the weight of the tool.

Truth be told, this is one of the simplest projects I’ve ever made for a video.. so much so that I’m not sure it really deserves a video, but hopefully it’ll be helpful to someone else who needs a simple, quick work table.

You really only need 6-7 2×4’s and some MDF (maybe a half sheet) to cover the shelves.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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I cut down 2x4s into 34″ (4), 18″ (6) and 27″ (6)

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The total dimensions for my table were 18″x30″x34″

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The side panels were laid out in a ladder fashion, and screwed together using the 27″ and 34″ pieces.

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I tried to square all of the corners when screwing them together.

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The two side pieces were connected with the 18″ pieces, again squaring every corner as I went.

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I adjusted the pieces as needed, to keep all four corners touching the floor.

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I cut some scrap 3/4″ MDF to fit for the top (30″x18″).

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I made scrap shelves to fit and slide the table into place.

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The table was plenty strong enough to support the weight of my REALLY heavy drill press.

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I got some cheap containers that would stack two deep to storage.

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I intentionally made the table deeper than the drill press, to hold my keyboard and trackpad for my shop computer.

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  • David Ingram

    Pretty cool table. Wish you’d done this a couple weeks ago cause I build a work bench and would have liked to use this model instead.

  • Steve Waga

    Simple yet effective. Agile engineering at its best.

  • Charles Holmes

    Nice table , I am going to build one.

  • Jeremy Sandlin

    This is perfect for what I need right now. I love simple projects like this and it’s even better when someone else has done all the measurements for me 😉 You, David, and Jimmy have talked about it before on your podcast and I will definitely agree: don’t worry about simple projects not being worth a video. I for one love the quick stuff I can actually pick up and bang out in a day!

  • John Rucci

    I made two of these. One for my drill press and one for my band saw.