This is an Instructable showing you how to build your own compact workbench. This workbench is perfect for college students or people living in a temporary living situation with little room to work on hobbies. Living in a small apartment, I always found it difficult to work on electronics projects and small woodworking projects in my living room. I decided that I needed a space to work and keep my tools. When thinking of where to put the workbench I decided that it should go in the closet and therefore needed to be a custom size and have lots of light. These were criteria I used when starting to plan out the build.

Step 1: Build-Framing

Since this a a custom build, it will be difficult to tell you the amount of materials and cost of the materials you will need. I have to give credit to Hammerzone.com for their workbench plans. I customized these plans to fit my needs; as should you. I've posted the link below.

Tools I used for the build:

Circular Saw
Framing Square
Cordless Drill
Wood clamps
Measuring Tape

Use the material list on this link to get an estimate.

great work bench! The black pegboard was the icing on the cake. <br>May I ask where you purchsed the lights? I have a large track light but I love the small one that you used. <br><br>Thanks for the great work!
Thanks! I purchased the small light from Harbor Freight. I'm not happy with the light output and it takes batteries that die quickly. I ended up mounting a small fluorescent light later on.
<p>Hi daleruisky,</p><p>Thanks for the inspiration! ;)</p><p>https://www.instructables.com/id/Living-Room-Workbench/</p>
<p>Fantastic build there ZippoPT- very clean and functional! Thanks for the props! I've gotten rid of my shelves underneath and added a rolling tool chest. I found that the shelves just got jammed full of tools and extras. </p>
<p>Is that a mini drill press? on the desk</p>
Sure is! It is for a dremel. I picked it up from amazon for drilling small leads in printed circuit boards. Quickly found that it was cheap and has too much play. Never gets used bc of this.
Glad you liked it, acunliffe1. The laptop stand is a great idea! Post a picture in my comments when you are completed- would love to see how it turns out.
Love this build! I'm thinking of doing a similar thing in my bedroom with a laptop stand for arduino programming, solder station etc.
It looks great. If you turn the front legs 90 degrees you will have easier access to the bottom shelf.
Great suggestion Surfer8. I'm sure the outlets would still mount conveniently this way too. I'll keep this in mind if I do a rebuild or another one. Thanks!

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