Multi-tasking table

It’s all about great design with this knockdown workspace

By Rick Campbell

knock down desk

Photo by Felix Wedgwood

The idea for this versatile, adjustable worktable was inspired by Carolyn, a budding journalist who requires extra clearance under her desk for her wheelchair. Carolyn also wanted a table that could be dismantled quickly to make it more convenient to move between home and various offsite work locations. These design requirements resulted in a unique piece of furniture that can be reconfigured to serve a variety of uses in your home or office.

When the tabletop is lowered, this table functions as a conventional desk with plenty of room on top for paperwork and a computer. Raise the tabletop using the hassle-free adjustment mechanism to get a handy standup workstation that’s perfect for crafts, serving food or to ease the strain on a sore back after sitting all day.

The workstation goes together with knockdown hardware, so the entire unit can be dismantled in less than a minute by simply lifting off the tabletop, lowering the extension rails and removing the cross brace. I’ve come up with innovative construction techniques that make this project a snap to build, so let’s get started.


Part Material Size (T x W x L*) Qty.

You will need

Column sides red oak 1/2" x 8" x 21" 4
Column spacers red oak 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 21 4
Column tenons red oak 3/4" x 5' x 4' 2
Extension arms red oak 1" x 5" x 21" 2
Foot segments red oak 1" x 2 1/2" x 22 1/2" 4
Support arms red oak 1" x 2 1/2" x 22 1/2" 4
Cross brace red oak 3/4" x 4" x 43 1/4" 1
Top Baltic birch ply 3/4" x 22 1/2" x 46 1/2" 1
Plastic laminate 1/16" x 23" x 47" 1
Short edge trim red oak 13/16" x 3/4" x 24" 2
Long edge trim red oak 13/16" x 3/4" x 48" 2
Support rib red oak 3/4" x 2" x 38" 1
Dowel pins hardwood 1/2"-diameter x 1 1/4"-long 4
Round knobs Lee Valley #00M56.11 4
Winged knobs Lee Valley #00M51.02 4
Flanged inserts Lee Valley #00N10.13 16
Washers 1 1/4"-diameter (outside) 8

* Length indicates grain direction

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