Do you want your own simple DIY standing table? There is nothing complicated here. This standing table has a bottom shelf on which I can place my big plastic tub full of crochet-mess. My wool usually decorates the table and couches, to my own irritation. But now my work is in a tidy space of it’s own. Since I like to move my laptop to the kitchen when I make food, I needed a table that can move with me. Try to find that in a store for a decent price. Where this table is far from perfect, it was made by our own hands and it was a lot of fun!
If you want to make your own standing table, you can read on how we made this less than perfect desk. This standing table is simple, movable and easy to make. You can of course make alterations to fit your skill and needs.
What You Need
To make your very own simple DIY standing table, you will need a few things. For one you need wood. We bought the cheapest tabletop wood we could find that looked decent. I was so happy when I saw this rustic looking tabletop and was surprised when it didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Prices can vary from place to place, so you will need to do shopping in your own area. We bought ours from Leroy Merlin. The leg wood we bought from Bricor. We needed 8 altogether to create the secure structure. In total the wood didn’t cost more than €40.
Apart from wood, we used wood glue (any will do), measuring tape, a pencil to mark with, a drill, wheels with stops, a screwdriver and screws. We used screws of various sizes. It’s always good to have a box with a selection of screws to choose from with a job like this. Sometimes the wood refused to give and Brendan turned to a shorter screw to do the job (nothing drastically shorter; otherwise you won’t secure the table enough).
I’m not going to tell you when or how to measure and mark your work. You measure the length you need, plan out where you will put the screws and make sure it’s all aligned. Planning is very needed in any DIY. The exact measurements are up to you and what you want. Work close to the edges of your tabletop, as that will create the strongest frame.
Make the Frame
The framework, as I call it, is the base that will ensure the table’s strength. Without this framework or structure the table will wobble. You can create it in many different ways, but we liked the look of the two parallel bars. It also allows me to place the plastic tub on top of the bars while things lie underneath the tub. If you feel this looks to messy, you can either create a box with four sides or come up with a complete new concept. Or, you can hide it all under a long tablecloth, which is something I want to make with recycled clothing (still gathering enough cloth).
To make the framework, you will use wood clue to connect the tabletop with the wood. Follow the instructions and allow the glue to set. Afterwards, drill with the smallest drill bit from the tabletop through the wood. Switch to a bigger drill bit and make the hole bigger for easier entry with the screw. If your wood isn’t as stubborn as ours, you can go straight in with the bigger drill bit, but for the sake of the wood’s integrity and since it is very strong wood, we found the smaller bit helps.
Warning: Don’t go too deep or big, as the screw will have nothing to hold on to. You will still need to use quite some muscle to get the screw in, but not too much to damage the wood or get too angry. It’s a delicate balance that you will need to experiment with and find for yourself.
Secure the Legs
Next you will secure the legs.
Glue, glue and some more glue. Or maybe too much glue. That glue is still on the table, therefore be warned that you need to have a cloth or paper handy. Otherwise sandpaper can do the trick too. I like the look of glue, so it stays. After you glued the wood onto the tabletop and against the parallel bar (and allowed it to set), you can once again drill and screw the two wood pieces together. This time you work from the leg into the parallel bar.
After you have done all four legs, you should have something like this:
Add the Other Tabletop
There is nothing special here. You will do exactly the same as you have with the legs above by using glues and screws to attach the already attached legs to your unattached tabletop’s parallel bars.
Final Touch – Add the Wheels
You may or may not want your standing table to be mobile. If you do, make sure your wheels have stoppers, unless you want your table to move around while you’re leaning on it… Secure your wheels with small screws. Since the tabletop is very tough, we drilled small holes to help. If you do this, be very careful, as it is easy to drill to deep and completely through the tabletop. One hole was made too big and we now have a little bit of the screw coming out from the other side. And so we learn!
Do you have a standing desk? Have you made anything recently? Comment below and tell us about your newest invention!