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I came up with this simple method to make a workbench when I was in need of a new one and didn't want to spend a lot of money or time. It has served me well and it can be build in a couple of hours.

Step 1: Basic Build

What you need

Top and a bottom of workbench. I used a table top that is 1-1/2" but you could use 3/4" plywood doubled up as well

2 bookcases. Flat pack models from most big bog stores will run about $20-$25.

4" casters Pick a type you like, but locking feature will be nice to have

2 2x4's

Handful of wood screws.

1: Install the casters to your 2x4's and then attach the 2x4's to the bottom piece of bench.

2: Lay out 4 2x4 pieces cut as wide as the bookshelf. You can screw these down or add glue.

3: Set out and align bookshelves. Drive screw through bottom of bookshelf. I used a screw long enough to go through the 2x4 as well and attache to the base.

4: Add top and align. Screw though top of bookshelf to underside of top.

Basic Bench Done

Step 2: Customize

I've customized my workbench over time. If you look for a bookshelf that has at least 26" wide shelf and middle chest tool box will fit perfectly.

Step 3: Complete and Ready to Customize

You can customize you workbench to fit your needs. After a couple months of use I realized a power strip would be nice.

<p>Nice!</p><p>Any photos of the actual completed workbench?</p>
<p>Thanks! Here are some pics of my dirty shop.</p>
<p>That looks great! You should include those photos in the body of the instructable!</p><p>Dirty shop? That looks pretty clean to me!</p>
<p>Thanks for the kind words, I had to clean it off for the pictures!</p>

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