XXL "Walmart" (Hypertough) Table for ~$80


(Brian Mears) #1

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:

Hypertough 46 inch Workbench

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.


(William Adams) #2

Would one work for an SO3 or XL do you think? Or would you still need two?


(Erik ) #3

I too just got my xxl in the mail and this box is pretty damn heavy. Have you set yours on top of these benches back to back yet? Tempted to run to walmart.


(Luke) #4

I used the UK version of these for my S3. It did the job but not the most stable even when 2 were bolted together…


(Brian Mears) #5

I’m not sure about XL fitting - I’m too new to this to know.

I have mine built & back to back, but don’t have the machine on it yet. I’m positive that they’ll support the weight, but i’m definitely going to need to make some modifications. The work surfaces simply sit on top of the frame & that won’t do - I’ll need a full top that’s mechanically attached to the frame. I also plan to make & attach some cross bracing to stiffen it further, and I need to join the two tables (I’ll get the hardware I need for that tomorrow, at work).

My rush to post was because of price & availability. At $89 each I don’t know that this is the best option, but at $39 each & with a little work, it’s viable. I need to work out the details now.


(Richard Cournoyer) #6

Engineer Richard speaking…I recommend that you but some diagonal braces on those light weight benches. Trust me, you need it.


(Brian Mears) #7

You bet - that’s exactly what I’ll do.


(Phil Thien) #8

Installing the pegboard down below (between legs) will stiffen things up and give you somewhere to hang frequently used items.


(mikep) #9

It’s not so much the weight as the router moving around that’ll cause it to shake.


(Erik ) #10

Picked up 2 for $100! Thanks for the heads up. With a little tweaking they will do nicely until i can build a custom enclosure this spring.


(Michael Walker) #11

I just bought 2 of them I’m gonna use the led lights up with out the peg board it will be perfect for lights I’ve my XXL, with a little tweaking


(Brian Mears) #12

I finished building the machine last night. Here’s the table so far. I:

  • added spacers to widen the overall footprint (they also help to stiffen the table a bit).
  • added a single 1/2" MDF top that’s tek-screwed into the top table rails
  • made a base frame from 1" x 2" aluminum tubing, with brackets for the table legs to mount to. I have temporary 2x4 ‘rails’ there now. The base will have levelers that are top-adjustable & that spin up into the tubing so the whole thing can slide

As-is, it’s fairly solid, but I’ll probably add at least two lower side panels that take out any remaining flex. I may try to use the top uprights (meant for the pegboard back) as corners for an upper enclosure.


(Michael Walker) #13

Now I just need to add a computer station, when I get them, I’ll figure that out got the mat 2 in my town, thanks for the idea


(Michael Walker) #14

Looks Awesome, so far I have mine on those cheap plastic tables, 2 of them… and they shake a bit but not to bad for accuracy of my XXL, so this should be better either way, so don’t worry…use those LED lights if you can…I needed a lot of light on mine, and shop lights suck…


(Tex Lawrence) #15

I can’t see how those tables aren’t always in motion as your CNC cuts. Seems like it would just “walk” around some. Is that not the case? :smiley: