How do you build a baking table?


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Build a baking table by cutting and assembling the legs and apron, then attaching frame supports and the frame and tabletop panels. If the baking table is to have a lower shelf, attach it to the legs as well along with aprons and frame supports for it. Once assembly is complete, sand the tabletop, legs, aprons and shelf until the surface is smooth, and apply the finish.

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Tools needed to build this version of a wooden baking table are a jig saw or circular saw, drill, tape measure, square, sander and safety gear. The lumber needed is 12 feet of 4 x 4, seven 8-foot 2 x 4s (more if building a lower shelf), and 24 feet each of 1 x 2, 1 x 3, and 1 x 4 (double if building a lower shelf).

Cut all the lumber at once to your desired dimensions. The plans for this table direct the four legs to be cut 28.5 inches long of pressure-treated 4 x 4 shafts and the frame to consist of two 58-inch 2 x 4s and two 30-inch 2 x 4s with two pocket holes drilled 1.5 inches from either end through which you insert two 2.5-inch wood screws that hold the frame to the legs. Affix three 34-inch 2 x 4s to the frame, distributed evenly by distance, with 2.5-inch screws to the frame.

For the upper tabletop frame, cut two 65-inch 2 x 4, 2 40.5-inch 2 x 4, one 33.5-inch 2 x 4 and two 30.75-inch 2 x 4. Cut the 1-inch lumber for the panels. The pieces can be arranged in any order, but each panel must have two 1 x 2s, two 1 x 3s and two 1 x 4s to fit into the 15-inch opening.

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