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Picture of Cheap Workbench
Sure I call it a workbench, but you may ask yourself: "Is that big enough to be a workbench?" This specific set of photos I took while constructing a cart for my air compressor and shop vac, but these plans are highly adaptable allowing one to make a table of almost any shape or size. This is the third piece I've made using these plans (see next step), two with wheels and one stationary workbench.

[These plans were developed before my discovery of the Kreg Jig, these plans don't require the purchase of any specialty equipment]

One can easily construct a work bench for $25 with the following:

Materials:
7/16" OSB (4'x8')
8' 2x4
2 1/2" Coarse Thread Drywall Screws
Wood Glue (Optional)

Note: How much wood do you need? See the next step to design your own.

Tools:
Circular saw
Tape measure
Countersinking drill bit
Power drill
Carpenter's square
Miter saw (Optional)
Nail gun (Optional)

 
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Step 1: Size

You can adapt the size to your needs. I have made three using the same design (The dimensions below are the the size of the wood, not the size of the bench):

1: My regular workbench. This is a tall, sturdy workbench that I use on the regular. Although I just have my miter saw below, its great for stacking boxes or storage totes. I've used this bench as a step stool to work on the ceiling and it felt very stable the whole time.

Dimensions:
Tall: 42"
Wide: 48"
Deep: 26"

2: Light-weight cart. It's only light-weight because of the cheap wheels. I use this piece to do some light moving and also set recently painted or stained items on it so I can wheel them outside to dry. The design is some-what reversed than the other two. This is not finished on the bottom; I didn't put the bottom shelf because this thing is always moving. Note: The width and depth are 20", but because of the design the cart is actually a rectangle. Think about this when designing your own bench if you have specific needs.

Dimensions:
Tall: 26"
Wide: 20"
Deep: 20"

3. Our finished product. The bottom shelf is dropped to the bottom of the legs (unlike the bench in #1) because it will have wheels. The bottom shelf is short because I used a scrap piece of wood that was just that length (I'm trying to make good use of my wood).

Dimensions:
Tall: 28"
Wide: 21"
Deep: 23"
are you sure that its osb board? it looks like regular plywood.
B00mrang1 year ago
I really like your design. I was working on a similar bench companion design but yours seems better. I'll give it a try !
jakehathaway (author) 1 year ago
XxHDxX: If you have an elephant, bring it over!

MeNmyShadow: If you live in America, check "Day After Thanksgiving" sales. I bought my chop saw from Lowes on the cheap.
Thanks for the instructions! I have everything left over from a recent water damage demo... except the OSB. Great step by step guide too!

Now I REALLY want a chop saw. :(
Nice build
"So when am i supposed to bring an elephant to check if this work bench could hold it"
~joke~
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