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For the past year and a half we have been living in a small, one bedroom apartment, where the only place for me to get dirty work done is on the deck outside. When I first went to build something, I realized that I needed a surface to work on - primarily to protect the deck as I drilled through pieces of wood. However, being impatient to build something other than a proper workbench, I decided to use a small piece of particle board supported off the floor by some scraps of wood screwed to its bottom side. I later added a small drill press vise to this improvised "workbench." Over time it became apparent that my "workbench" needed an upgrade. Whenever I would support a workpiece in the vice, it was not really supported as the entire workbench would slide around on the floor. Additionally, after a day of work my legs would inevitably be sore from kneeling on the floor of the deck. Yes, I needed a proper workbench. As I pondered workbench ideas, I realized that I could use a workbench to solve another issue we were having on the deck. Over time a pile of scrap wood had begun to accumulate in the corner of the deck. Not only was this pile an eyesore, but the wood was entirely exposed to the elements. If I were to create an enclosed workbench with internal storage for the wood, I could solve both issues I was having.

Step 1: The Design

I used Sketchup to draw up the design for the workbench. 4x4" posts would form the corners, with 2x4's and 2x2's being used for the remainder of the structure. 1/2" plywood would be used to enclose the sides of the workbench and for the construction of doors located at each end. The internal storage length would be slightly greater than 4', which would allow all of my scraps to easily fit. For the top of the workbench I decided to use a 3/4" thick PVC board. I was worried that a wood-based top would eventually degrade and potentially warp as the workbench would be out in the weather. The exposed wood components would be coated with a deck stain to give them some degree of weather protection.

<p>Excellent little bench for the space you have to work in and a very good video too.</p><p>I myself have plenty of space so I have two benches one is 6x6 and the other is 4x4 one is covered with Eastern hard rock (sugar) maple and the other is covered with hardwood birch both are 1/3/4&quot; thick.</p>
<p>Thanks. One day I hope to have more space - and workbenches as well :-)</p>
<p>And that top is beautiful btw.</p>
<p>Birch hardwood top</p>
What I use: https://diy.hettich.com/en/products/hinges/special-hinges/screw-on-hinges.html. They're slightly weaker than blum hinges, but easier to mount.<br><br>I usually clamp the doors in place, then screw on the hinges from the inside, and only then do I mount the back of the cabinet. I then take the hinges off and finish everything, then put things back together again.
<p>Those are nice looking hinges! I probably would have used something like this, but I was concerned that they might not swing out far enough to keep the door from hitting the &quot;frame&quot; (in this case the 4x4's). My doors were an inch thick. I'll keep these in mind for next time though. Thanks for the tip!</p>
<p>They also have a model which sort of bends over backwards - click the second thumbnail at the top in the page I linked to above. I think these allow for some extension when the door's back edge hits an obstacle, such as the cabinet frame.</p><p>Anyway, I didn't mean they're better - they're not (they're weaker and are not adjustable). If you don't mind the more complex mounting process, the hinges you used are definitely stronger.</p><p>A few months ago, maybe a year or so, I had to disassemble a 25+ year old cabinet made of particle board. The hinges - similar to what you used - were as solid as new. The doors were still closing and opening perfectly The hinges hadn't seen even a drop of oil in all the years, and were still operating perfectly. All I remember ever doing to them is tightening one adjustment screw.</p>
<p>Nice cool bench. </p><p>But why are you guys uploading skp, which many cad programs are not able to import. Why not uploading it as STEP or IGES....</p><p>Thank you !</p>
<p>Thanks for the comment! I've been looking into this and will try to update the files in the future. Right now I'm using sketchup make (the free version), which doesn't really give you other exporting options. I will have to run the files through another program to convert them as I don't really want to spend $700 to upgrade to the pro version.</p>
<p>That's an Awesome instructable!<br><br>I think I'll make something rly near to your workbench. ;)</p>
<p>Thanks! I'm glad you're sufficiently inspired :-)</p>
<p>Very good job!!</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
Nicely done!
<p>Thank you!</p>
Great work bench! Your instructable is written very well. Voted for this one
<p>Thanks! I can use all the votes I can get.</p>
Nice job! And I like the face on the picture of they finished floor pieces have a close look, and you will see it.
<p>Haha. I didn't notice that. It's not a very generic face either - more like something Picasso would have drawn.</p>
<p>Fantastic work! </p>
<p>Thanks!</p>

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