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Old 08-06-2019, 09:12 AM   #11
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ohhh nice an simple love it and its portable . so you can move it if needed.
well thar ya are mr pilot2fly lots of idea's hahahahaha have fun and post lots of pics i like to see pics. lots of them hehe
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Old 08-06-2019, 11:35 AM   #12
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What I'd try:

Use 1x3 lumber for the framework.
Get 2 8' pieces
For the cross pieces, have them pre-cut at Home Depot or Lowe's. You want them to be 46 1/2".
I would get enough to space them 16" apart.
Now just assemble the pieces in the apartment.

Choose your wood carefully.
Try to pick pieces that are as straight as possible.
Also, as "free of knots" as possible.

For a table top, with closely-spaced braces, I found that even 1/4" plywood works well enough for me. Some will say "that's not heavy enough", but again, it works well enough with sufficient framework underneath to provide support.

I DID NOT buy the cheapest. Instead, I bought two pre-cut 4x4 pieces of birch plywood.
These will fit cleanly-enough on your framework. The birch plywood is very free of knots and has next-to-no warp.

For legs, you might use 1x3 screwed together to form an "L-Shape".
One at each corner.

If you can't fit even 4x4 sheet of plywood in your car, consider renting one of the vehicles they offer for an hour or so just to get it home.

I used No. 8 wood screws to fasten the frame together, 1 1/4" length.
You should buy a "screw pilot" -- a drill with a countersink on it, makes everything "clean".

I used small flathead brass screws to secure the plywood top to the frame (again, pre-drilling the holes with a countersink to keep it clean).

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Old 08-08-2019, 02:25 PM   #13
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If you do all of your measuring beforehand, most of the big box stores and lumberyards will cut the wood for you. That would avoid needing to do the cutting in the apartment. Of course, that means trusting your measurements.
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Old 08-08-2019, 03:38 PM   #14
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If you do all of your measuring beforehand, most of the big box stores and lumberyards will cut the wood for you. That would avoid needing to do the cutting in the apartment. Of course, that means trusting your measurements.
It also means trusting the big box employee to make accurate cuts. As CT Valley previously stated, going to a real lumber yard may be better in this regard.
When I worked at Home Depot years ago, we were required to be be able to cut accurately to 1/8”. Most of us could cut to 1/16” or better.
I think those days are long gone. Now, it’s the luck of the draw.
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:21 AM   #15
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Thanks all. I'm going to go with a 3 ft x 6 1/2 ft unfinished wood door slab and attach 3ft 2x4's to each corner for support
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:25 AM   #16
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aw man i was looking for ward to a table build hahahahahahahaha JK. have fun. and show pics yeppers
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Old 08-09-2019, 01:00 PM   #17
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I think the door will work fine, especially for N. Here’s a photo of how I mounted the legs. I also used 36” height. The L 2x4 configuration is probably overkill, but the more stable the better.
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