I’m a new Shapeoko owner - I bought an XXL with the Black Friday deal. It delivered yesterday. I’ve been waiting for the machine to figure out a table & had plans today to build something similar to the tables that so many of you here have built.
This morning I dropped my car off at Walmart for an oil change, and in a corner of the automotive department is a stack of clearance stuff. In the stack are these Hypertough workbenches:
For $39! They were $89 I think for Black Friday & show up as $49 online… still a good deal. I bought one just to use as a cheap workbench next to the machine, but halfway into assembly I realized that two of these together can work as a table for the XXL. Yes, they’re cheap, but once assembled they’re pretty rigid (i know because I just did it).
I’ll build them up to the work surface… wont use the pegboard back. I’ll double up the drawers on one side (what will be the front). I need to come up with a way to join the two tables, which won’t be hard. I might need to come up with a way to screw the work surface down (haven’t gotten there yet), or I may add a full top onto both tables so I have a single flat surface. It needs levelers and/or wheels… I’ll figure that out too.
Each table comes with two LED light strips, which will be useful. The metal that makes up the pegboard frame might be able to be reused as part of an enclosure.
Long story short - if you think these have potential (as I do), get out to your local Walmart QUICK and get two before they’re gone or full price. Worst case is that you decide you don’t like them & you can take them back.