Here are three upgrades to consider when you're building or buying a table for your workshop.
Glue-Proof Melamine Overlay Top
A piece of melamine as an overlay top makes a great assembly table. Glue won’t stick to the melamine surface.This will help keep your plywood tops clean so they work smoothly as outfeed support for the table saw. Melamine costs about $28 per sheet at a home center. One sheet will make three tops.
The Kreg Bench Clamp Kit is a great addition to these tables. Use it to secure material for routing or sanding and, of course, when assembling parts, like face frames, with pocket screws.
I found a clip-on halogen light at a home center for $14. It stows away in the drawer when I’m not using it, and provides excellent task lighting when I need it.
And if You Have a Few Little Hang-Ups
Pegboard is inexpensive — about $15 for a 4 x 8 sheet. And there’s no shortage of hooks, holders and bins you can use with pegboard. If you install pegboard on both short sides of the table, you’ll only use 1/3 of a sheet per table.