Everyone has their own idea of the 'perfect' workbench. After years of working on a sheet of plywood supported by sawhorses, I felt that almost anything would be more 'perfect' than that. Not wanting to settle for just anything better, I decided to put in some time and effort into something that will last me for many years to come. This workbench is strong and heavy. It is fastened together using both mechanical fasteners (for easy disassembly) and extremely strong wedged mortise and tenon joints. If you are looking for a new workbench and some new skills, the perfect workbench is for you.

Step 1: The Problem and the Plan

The problem with most home shops is that they serve as a garage when more important things aren't taking place. With my current situation in life (student, newly married, and renting my house) my workbench needed to fit a few criteria. It needed to be as big as possible - while still being able to fit my car in the garage. It needed to be inexpensive - I still need to eat. It must be easily moved around the shop so that it can be used as an out feed table for my table saw. And it needed to be easily taken apart as I don't know what future post education plans are on the horizons in the coming years. After months of planning and designing - taking elements from jdege, KentM, and Tim Johnson, I feel that my workbench fits all of the criteria I set for myself as well, it just looks good!

<p>This is one great workbench. I really liked the creative design and especially the well thought out woodworking techniques you used in building it. I'll certainly be using some of your methods and ideas on future projects of my own. You are very fortunate to have such a great collection of tools at your disposal - I envy you! A very well written and documented Instructable - keep them coming!</p>
<p>What a great compliment! Your workbench was quite an inspiration for me! I can't wait to see what you come up with your own projects. </p>
<p>This is a great design!</p>
<p>&quot;Woodworking vice&quot;? It can be an addictive (and expensive if you let it) hobby, but I don't know that I'd call it a &quot;vice&quot;.</p>
<p>Why not? How <em>wood</em> you call it?</p>
<p>That pun was <em>oak</em>ay.</p>
<p>Dowelling, routing, gluing, joint work, a little jig or two- This would make one heck of a weekend project! Thanks for the upload and keep at it </p>
Amazing work bench! I will be making my own soon. Once i clear out a backlog of other projects
<p>Nice work on the Instructable. The finished table came out looking very nice.</p>
<p>Thank you! I'm very pleased with it. </p>
<p>I flattened my top like that with a belt sander. It looked great, not as great as yours, but great. Problem later? Yes. When I went to clamp to it, I found I'd made the top much less flat than I wanted to. So, I'm going to try something the guy who talks quietly to cellulose fibers does. His solution is here: <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qtkBZHLJyD0" width="500"></iframe></p>
<p>A blacksmithing buddy used the router sled method to flatten and level all edges of a serious log for his 200lb anvil. Came out real well.</p>
<p>Interesting technique. I may try that in the future. </p>
<p>Forget to say. I was thinking what for those mortise and tenons. Finally I come to know what for it is. So nice idea. Will it be better if you fill epoxy in those gaps?</p>
<p>If you cut them correctly and square, there shouldn't be any gaps. But if you'd like to glue them together, you surely can use epoxy. It will be stronger no doubt, but a lot more expensive and a larger hassle to mix together. </p>
<p>I am curious on the materials.</p><p>6 - 2&quot; x 8&quot; x 12' </p><p>Since you are cross cutting this in half, and then ripping it in half, wouldn't it be just as easy to buy 24 - 2&quot; x 4&quot; x 6'? Or are you finding some cost savings by purchasing the larger dimensions and cutting yourself?</p><p>The reason this came to my mind, is I only have a minivan to haul from the store, and a 12' board is just not going to fit.</p><p>Thank you for your time and insight. The plan is very much appreicated.</p>
<p>Excellent question! I forgot to include the reasoning behind my choice in my instructable. You always want to find and use the largest construction lumber possible (while still being cost effective) because it will generally be less expensive (per 2" x 4" x 6' section) as well as you will get higher quality wood. You will find straighter boards with fewer knots. If you can only get 2x4s then by all means use them, but if possible I suggest using larger boards. </p>
<p>Osm instructable. Sturdy work bench you did. I'm really jealous of our finishing touches. I have voted for you. Keep rocking :)</p>
<p>Absolutely awesome instructable. And a really fine bench.</p>
<p>Awesome bench, and a great detailed build explanation!</p><p>Do you like that style of retractable caster? Easy to use?</p>
<p>I love these casters. I thought that they would be annoying because I was going to kick them all the time, but they seem to be out of the way. I thought of building my own, but nothing that I could come up with would give me this functionality without loosing my bottom shelf. </p>
<p>Greetings... Gorgeous bench... Just built a similar one but more permanent in shop. However it would be nice to move it from the wall to clean, etc. What is the official name of the wheels you used. Will make them easier for me to find. Thanks and awesome job!</p>
<p>The ones that I used can be found <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SX3T2LO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&psc=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=fsadsfse-20&linkId=8d37cfb4aeef9be5c85fd3821dea3254" target="_blank">here</a>. It's just called a Workbench Caster kit. There were a few that I looked at, but this one had the best reviews for the price. </p>
<p>Very, very nice bench! How happy are you with the casters, and did you have any trouble with getting all the legs leveled? I always have trouble getting all four legs to sit solidly on the floor, either because I wasn't perfectly square in construction or because the floor isn't perfectly flat. I usually wind up using leveling feet, but on such a big heavy duty bench I'd like to avoid those tiny leveling feet.</p>
<p>The casters are great! With the workbench weighing easily over 100 pounds I wouldn't want to put it on those leveling feet. I know that my garage isn't flat, so I'm assuming that there must be just enough play in the threaded rods that it allows the bottom support to flex because I haven't noticed much rocking. </p>
<p>Nice workbench! I particularly like the mortise and tenons, but understand how tricky they can be. </p><p>I debated using dimensional construction lumber in my <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Ultimate-Workbench/" target="_blank">workbench</a>, since I thought the wood would be damaged more easily since it's softer than typical workbench woods, like maple or cypress. Though, cost-wise, it's a great material. And, workbenches are made to be abused, so maybe it's a moot point.</p><p>Any plans for bench dogs? </p>
<p>The pine is softer than what most people would suggest, but for the price and accessibility, the construction lumber won in the end. I figure when it's too unusable, I'll just take my hand plane and repeat the steps above once more. </p><p>As for bench dogs, I mostly wanted to get a better feel for my workbench and be sure where my vice is before I drilled holes in the top. I'll probably install a end vice in the future as well. </p>
<p>Great instructable. Looks like an awesome bench. </p>
<p>This is by far the best instructable I have had the pleasure of reading. I also appreciate that you take time and pride in the process, e.g. letting the wood sit for two months (but suggesting longer), cutting in mortise joints, etc. Also, I really like using the scrap wood to make a mallet. Awesome Job!</p>
<p>My Father in law just passed, I'm sure he has most (if not all) of the tools and materials SOMEWHERE in his shop (converted from an old barn), I guess now I'll have to figure out how to use all those tools and stuff and build this!!</p>
<p>You will appreciate MANY times that you built your bench slightly lower than your table saw's table! (Like, every time you start cutting up a full or nearly full sheet of heavy panel product or any even sort of long rip cut on regular lumber!)</p><p>As for finishing, I covered mine with a piece of &quot;sacrificial&quot; tempered hardboard (&quot;Masonite&quot;) tacked down with some 1&quot; brads. I did that about 30 years ago and still haven't replaced the first sheet of hardboard.</p>
<p>I have been looking at work benches for my small shop on you-tube for weeks. Yours fill the bill. Plus I love the way you cut the legs for the mortise. Thanks.</p>
<p>Very nice! You might want to put that it's collapsible/space saving in your title or intro, or change the main picture, to help people looking for just that.</p>
<p><em>&quot;I'm sure that woodworking purists will scoff at...&quot;</em> </p><p>As a retired custom furniture and cabinetmaker, I'd buy this bench from you. ☺</p>
<p>Thanks for the kind words! </p>
Nice workbench! Voted
<p>Thank you Troy for producing these detailed instructions. That's pretty much the workbench that my subconscious had in mind. I think it's time for me to get rid of that MDF board supported by a few 2x4.</p>
Nice, very good!
Wow. Nice workbench and Instructable. nice detail.
As a complete novice, I'd buy one too

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Bio: My name is Troy. I'm a Mechatronics graduate studying Mechanical Engineering. I love making things and doing anything outdoors (especially SCUBA diving). I am ... More »
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