Introduction: How to Make a Workbench

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I needed a good, strong, sturdy workbench in my garage, so I built one. The hard part is trying not to spend a ton of time and trying to make the "perfect" workbench. Make one that works for you and your needs.

I had an idea in my head of what I wanted my workbench to look like. It was a design I have used before when I worked in a custom cabinet shop. So with that design in my head, I made a few changes, and built it over the course of a weekend. It is made out of 4x4's for the legs(36" high) and 2x3's for the structure (68"long x 41"wide). The top is make out of 3/4" plywood (48" x 72"), with a sheet of plastic laminate glued to the top of it. I like the plastic laminate because it is a nice surface to work on. If you spill something, you can wipe it up and not have to deal with something soaking into the plywood.

If I had to make it all over again, I don't think I would change anything. I have used it a few time and I really like it so far. I like the height, which is 36". I am not bending over and hurting my back to work on something. Just to give you some perspective, I am 6'1". I do plan on adding some drawings to the bottom shelf. This will be a great place to store my tools. I don't want the bottom shelf to become a junk shelf. I need to make it useful.

Please watch the video. I take you through the steps to build the workbench. Enjoy!!

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Philip J.M (author)2016-08-29

Thanks for the pics and video. Certainly will help with my future project of building one myself. Since you mentioned wheels, I was wondering if it would make sense to add wheels to two legs. Put them not on the bottom but on the side, flush with the ground, so that it is still sturdy but when lifting the other end of the table they would press down and make it easier to move the bench? Hard to explain but figured I ask to see what an experienced table builder thinks. Cheers

Barry6470 (author)2016-02-04

Nice bench but the reason the flush trim didn't look too good is that you went in the wrong direction with the router, you did the same with the round over as well. Overall you did a great job on that bench and it would be on my list of benches to try. Thanks.

bsteckline. (author)2014-12-23

Hi, nice project. 2 questions? Can you offer some more detail on the plastic laminate. Where to get, type, cost, thickness, etc. Also what type and size screws as well as size of the pre-drill. Impressive video skills by the way. Really, a lot better then many out there. Thanks, Bob

The laminate is by Wilsonart. I got it from a contractor supply store through my work. I would go to the Wilsonart website to find a dealer in your area. The piece I got was "post" form which is a little thicker, then "vertical" form. Post from is ideal for countertops. It is roughly 1/16" thick. It was about $25 for a 4x8 sheet. I did get a contractor discount, so price my be more.
Fora crewing the bench together I used 3" screws that I got from Home Depot. I used a drill bit that was a little smaller than the screw in dis.
Hope that helps.
Brian.

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-09-06

It looks so clean and sturdy! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks. It is very sturdy.

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