How to Build a Work Table Using a Door

howto build door table How to Build a Work Table Using a Door

If you’ve got a solid core wood door, you’ve got yourself the makings of a nice wood work table. You need to start with a door with no moldings and hopefully the surface is smooth. If it’s got chipped paint or of the wood is damaged it would be best to repair or sand it first before painting it.

Estimated Project Time: 3 Hours
Challenge Level: Medium
Tools & Supplies:
1 gently used or new solid core wood door
Sandpaper grits: 180, 220
Box of 2” deck screws
4 pieces of 4×4 lumber cut to 32”
4 corner braces
4 L braces
Drop cloth
Tack cloth
Safety glasses
Drill/Driver
Circular saw
¼” drill bit
Polyurethane Finish

1. Find a gently used solid core wood door or buy a new one.

2. Assemble tools and materials and cut table legs to desired length using a circular saw or hand saw.

3. Place door on a pair of sawhorses or across a sturdy table in a well-ventilated area.

4. Use sanding blocks and sandpaper to smooth all surfaces of the table including the top, sides and legs. Start with 180 grit and progress to 220 grit.

5. Use tack cloth to remove all dust and dirt from the table and legs.

6. Apply Polyurethane Finish or paint to door and legs.

7. Let Finish dry 2-4 hours on each side. Apply second coat if necessary.

8. Lineup corner and L brackets on legs and table and pre-drill holes.

9. Mount legs to door using the 2” deck screws and your drill/driver.

10. Check that all table legs are tightly secure.

11. Turn table over and enjoy your new work area.

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Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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  • Jeff Williams

    I use a temporary version of this. A steel exterior entry door set atop saw horses. It sits about a half inch below my table saw top so I use it as an outfeed table as well as a work table.

    • http://charlesandhudson.com/ Charles & Hudson

      I’d love to see a pic. We just finished a saw horse work table but simply used a sheet of plywood for the top.