Step 3: The Frame

To assemble the frame I roughly followed these steps:
  1. cut the 4 legs to length (40" or whatever you prefer)
  2. cut the sides from 2x4 to the depth (minus 1.5") of your work bench top
  3. cut the back from 2x4 to the length (minus 3") of your work bench top
  4. clamp all those pieces together (or have someone help) along with the front 2x4 and set your screws - I used 8 screws per corner (2" or 2 1/2" screws - I can't remember)
  5. then cut your frame pieces for the bottom
  6. clamp those 4 pieces of 2x4 and set your screws
  7. measure the length needed for the 2x4 cross supports for the top and 2x2 (or 2x4 if you want) for the shelf below
  8. again, clamp and screw the cross supports
Depending on how much of a perfectionist you are you'll want to check for level at various points or at least position the shelf frame at the same height on each leg.
<p>I am making one right now!</p>
<p>I made this bench (or at least a bench evolved from this) along with some cabinets from this instructable here:</p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Garage-Storage-and-Bench/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Garage-Storag...</a></p><p>I made the cabinets from OSB sheets, however. I made the top cantilevered on the left (my portable table saw fits perfect under it) and added a ledge to the right side to allow my compound miter saw to sit level with the top.</p><p>On the right side is the bench based on this instructable. I've set it up to allow a nice long run when using my miter saw, and to be able to use as a standard workbench by moving it away from the wall when I want to. <br></p><p>Altogether, cabinets included, I managed to keep the project under $150.</p><p>Thanks.</p>
<p>Good job. Exactly what I was searching for. I made it a bit taller, but regret that now.</p>
I got like 29 1/2 top and like a 19 1/2 on bottem and ended up buying just enough msg to have no little to none waste the only thing that you should do is put the total amount of wood you need.
How deep is it?
<p>The top is about 27 1/2 inches and the shelf is 21 1/2 inches (from a 49 inch wide piece of MDF)</p>
Here's mine
<p>Looks great!</p>
And how much wood do I need
Thanks for the excellent instructable. I just finished mine. The only thing I changed was adding a 2&quot; lip on the front and side for clamping as suggested in the comments. I'm very happy with it. Final dimensions 27&quot; by 76&quot;. Thanks again.
You're welcome, it feels good to help/inspire others. I hope it's holding up well - looks nice
Here is my shot. Didn't finish the bottom shelf yet, and I am planning on a few things with the top shelf/shelves.
Looks nice, I like the variation - you can never have too many shelves.
I cannot quite see from you pictures if you have done this, but I would almost always recommend that the top of a workbench stick out past its support so that it is easy to clamp things to the top of the bench. I usually allow about 2 inches.
I also build slight overlaps on my benches for the same reason.<br><br>Two other differences I add for my benches ~<br><br>* a double thickness of the MDF/Paricleboard/Plywood top along the front half to give a stronger top, with a &quot;tool well&quot; along the back.<br><br>* I also make a stronger leg arrangement, so there's no movement or flexing with any serious bashing..[ Also, with a span of more than 6 feet or so I would add a third set of legs in the middle..].<br><br>I like to make allowance in designing a bench to have a metalworking vice or small anvil mounted square over one of the legs, so it doesn't bounce during serious work.. And for woodworking vice(s), towards either end.<br><br>I will try to put together an 'instructable' when next I build a bench, because the ones I'm currently using are more than a couple of decades old..
This is an excellent design, especially the replaceable hardboard top. Great post!
Very nice! This is a great simple workbench.
FINALLY!! I am a very small woman who is leery about my table saw &amp; Cant lift a sheet of plywood. BUT i love my chopsaw &amp; am very good with it. FINALLY someone figured out how to make a workbench that was buildable with the chopsaw! I can get them to cut the top &amp; I am done! LOVE YOU!!!
You went to the underpants gnome school of planning, didn't you?
I built one pretty much like this, except I covered the MDF with formica so It wouldn't swell and stain and It stays level also put a pegboard back on it to hang tools, amazing how sturdy this style of bench is. Good &quot;ible.
BRAVO!!!! BRAVO!!!!<br><br>You have just convinced me of how important it is for me to build my own bench...an enjoyable read, well documented, easy to understand....I can not say enough good things about this bench, :)<br><br>TY for sharing Sir.

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