I get a lot of questions about how I made my big cutting table and it's so simple you'll be amazed. It's got a big work surface (80" x 60"), oodles of storage, and it goes together quick and easy. No power tools needed!
Here's my supply list:
* 2 Hollow Core Interior Doors 80" x 30" (about 28.00 each)
* 4 Omar 36" long Shelves from IKEA (or similar shelves) (24.99 each)
* 2 Omar 18" long Shelves from IKEA (or similar shelves) (18.99 each) (these are optional)
* 3 Mending plates (w/ 4 holes each) (about 1.00 each)
Assemble your metal shelves so they are all at the height you need (the whole shelf unit is 36" high but the lower shelves are usually adjustable).
Secure your doors to each other using the layout picture below.
Place your doors on top of the shelves (mending plates facing down) and center it so the edge of the doors hangs over by about 4" all the way around. You are done. I've never had mine shift off because the doors are pretty heavy (but we don't live in an earthquake zone and the boys aren't allowed to wrestle in here). My husband has climbed up on the table to install our new lights and it's crazy solid.
Here's a closeup of the center mending plate (I took this picture under the table, it was tricky).
Here's the top. It's the perfect width for one of those big cutting boards. I really love this work surface.
The 18" wide shelves are optional. I pull mine out and stuff big boxes of fabric under there. You might want to leave one out (or both) and maybe put a trash bin at the end if that's where you do most of your work.
I had a similar table a few years back for my fabric store and it was nice but smaller than this new one (and we made it much more complicated than necessary). I still get questions about it but honestly, the new one is better.
Here's the same room with new everything (floors, paint, lighting, curtains, everything!) and our bigger table.
It's my happy place. I hope you found this to be helpful! Let me know if you make one, I'd love to see pictures. Keep on sewing!