Think quick. What is the most used tool in your workshop? What tool do you use every day and for every project? Did you say your workbench? Well you should have. Thank about it. A good, solid workbench is the most important feature of any well equipped workshop. You hammer on things on it. You clamp things to it. You layout and assemble things on it. Or you can just set a bunch of stuff on it and clutter it up. However you use it, even if you take its presence totally for granted, it is actually the most important tool in your workshop.
This Instructable will show you how to build a very sturdy workbench easily and inexpensively in only a few hours work, that will give you many years of use. The workbench presented here is 80 inches long by 36 inches wide by 34 inches tall, and rock solid.
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This workbench is built from a solid-core wooden door re-purposed as a bench top, and mounted on a frame of 2X4 lumber. It was built for a little over $80. Here is the list of materials required:
1 36 by 80 inch solid core wooden door.
10 2X4s 8 feet long.
Some 2 1/2 inch long coarse thread drywall screws.
Some 1 1/4 inch long #6 drywall screws.
6 steel angle brackets.
(Optional) Enough 1/2 inch or thicker plywood to cover an area of 76 by 32 inches for a shelf.
The door was purchased at my local Habitat for Humanity Restore for only $30. The Restore is a great place to pick up salvaged building materials inexpensively. It was a brand new door that had never been drilled for a lockset or mortised for hinges. There was some damage to the veneer, which made it unwanted by most people, but it was perfect for my application. A salvaged door that had been drilled and mortised can also be used, and probably can be had even cheaper.
The 8 foot 2X4s only cost about $3 each at a local big box homecenter store. Select straight pieces without twists, splits, or a lot of large knots for best results
The screws and 6 steel angle brackets also came form the local big box store. The screws cost about $6 per box, and the angle brackets were a couple of dollars each.
The tools that were used for constructing the workbench consisted of:
A power mitre box saw for cutting the 2X4s to length.
A cordless screw gun for driving in the screws.
A cordless drill for pre-drilling screw holes.
A tape measure.
A carpenter’s square.
(Optional) A brad nailer and brad nails.
Cordless tools aren't necessary to build the workbench, but if you have access to them, they make life a lot easier.