DIY Fish Cleaning Table

DIY Fish Cleaning Table

I got tired of my wife complaining about cleaning fish in the kitchen, so I started cleaning them in the driveway. I still had running water from the hose, but it was annoying because I have the cutting board on the tailgate of my truck and it would slide around as I was fileting the fish. And the height of the tailgate was too low and my back would hurt after just a few minutes. I decided to buy a fish cleaning table. As I was looking at them I noticed how expensive they were. The cheapest I saw was around $100 plus shipping. So I decided to build one.


I got some scrap wood from work for the table top. I used four pieces of ¼-inch plywood. I glued them all together then added some screws. I used strips of “poplar” as a brace around the edges on the bottom and across the middle. For the legs I bought some 2x3s from Home Depot. I used two on each corner.

I still have to get more wood for the bottom and put braces between the legs in the front, back and sides. I may even make a shelf too. I also have to secure the cutting board so that it doesn’t move while I clean fish. I put it in my backyard so I can run the hose to it and have running water.

Future plans include a sink with the garden hosed hooked up, a back and side rail with knife holder, a garbage bag holder to collect fish remains and a drain line to run to the drains in the yard. I can still use the table until I do all that. I hope to use it a lot this year.

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