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:
Use the material list on this link to get an estimate.
Step 2: The Hood
As I mentioned in the beginning, Light was important. I built a hood to keep light out from the closet so that there would be no glare on the computer monitor I planned to put on the desk, but still needed directional light to work on projects so I purchased a battery powered rotating light bracket from Harbor Freight and mounted it to the hood.