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Heavy Duty Workbench

Specifications:

60X30

Not attached to any walls

Heavy duty (I need to be able to throw a transmission on it and get to work or take out my hammer and do my woodworking stuff and not have holes or any other damage to the work bench)

Under $500

I have scoured Instructables and can't seem to find an instructable that suits my needs. 

I can get a full metal workbench for $1500, or a metal topped workbench for about $800. I'd like to keep this cheap. I'm all good for scavenging, but I live in the suburbs, so places to scavenge are hard to come by.

Regards, 

David

onrust4 years ago
A used steel door (off of a commercial building) is a good source for a top.
Bushie5 years ago
Another alternative for those legs are 4" x 4"...

3'' timber is sufficient for legs for a heavy duty woodworking/medium duty metalwork bench (which is all I need here, personally..) - and screws (big screws, still..) are usually sufficient for "medium duty" benches;

"Tempered masonite" (harder then regular masonite..) can also provide a top surface to protect that double layer of MDF, ply or pineboard you make the top from.

4" angle iron legs welded to 12mm or 15mm iron plates for the bench top can also work ~ if you don't have the requisite welding skills, second hand items may occasionally crop up at clearance sales and auctions..
I have made a workbench in my garage years ago that is very sturdy and its very simple. The entire thing is made with 2x6's cut to length and for the legs. Bolt everything together with lag bolts. For the top bolt down a 1/2 inch sheet of MDF,then glue on top of that another piece with construction grade glue. It gives a very flat surface to work on, and all the wieght of the wood helps it to be steady. After a while when the top becomes tore up from use, glue on a new top over the old and start all over.
avengingtn (author)  RedneckEngineer5 years ago
That actually sounds like a good plan. Thank you.