How to Make Stainless Steel Kitchen Work Tables
Making your own stainless steel kitchen work table is quite a process, but the effort will pay off once you are able to work on the table. Remember, safety is your primary concern so while working with your tools and the sheet metal, keep your well being in mind. Also remember that once your table is finished that you are constantly working with food on the table surface, so ensure that you clean the stainless steel properly after every session.
Step 1 - Take Your Measurements and Get Your Metal Sheet
Make sure you have an idea of how big you would like your table because you will be contacting a local sheet-metal shop to cut a piece of stainless steel for you. You want a sheet of good quality since you will be working with food. The size of your sheet metal will be the same size as the plywood base you will purchase. The size of both will be what will be your table top. You will also use these measurements when you are purchasing and/or cutting your wood edging.
Step 2 - Get Your Materials
Your plywood should be thick enough so that the screws you will be using to fasten the table legs will not be too long that it will pierce right through. A 1/2 inch to 3/4 of an inch will do fine just as long as you have screws that are shorter. The wood edging that you get should also fit against the plywood and the sheet of stainless steel since it will be going against both layers. Oak edging that is finished is a preferred choice since it will last longer under constant use and looks great. When choosing your table legs keep in mind the functionality. If you need to move the table around constantly, purchase table legs that have wheels with a brake on the base, otherwise, just purchase standard table legs.
Step 3 - Attach the Steel and Wood Edging
Use what is called liquid nail (a powerful glue) to fuse the stainless steel sheet to the plywood. It is always good to wear gloves while working with liquid nail because it is difficult to get off of your hands. Be careful with it, because if the glue dries, you will not be able to fix it and you will have to start over. Wait until the glue is dry and then use the liquid nail to glue the wood edging to the table. Wait until it is dry before proceeding.
Step 4 - Attach the Table Legs
Use the drill and screws to attach the four legs to the bottom of the table surface. The safest way to do this is to turn the table face down so that you can easily work with the bottom. Since you will be using the surface for food you should cover whatever you will be resting the table surface on with a clean piece of cloth or plastic. Drill in the screws carefully because you do not want the plywood to crack.