2x4 Laminated Workbench

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I wanted to build a very strong workbench for my add-on shop. I also was going to add a middle support for workbench if necessary. Turns out that one was not needed.

Step 1: 2x4s

I bought 2x4s from one of the big box stores - not the best stuff but my planer would make a good flat surface. My planned work area was just over 8ft long and just at 20 inches wide so not a lot of cutting.

Step 2:

My planer is only 12 inch wide so I had to build the bench in 2 pieces.

Step 3: Square, Glue, Screw

I used wood glue and decking screws to attach each 2x4 to the next 2x4. I got things as square as I could knowing that the planer would make a nice flat bench.

Step 4: Both Pieces Built - Now to the Planer

Both pieces of bench top done, to the planer. Final thickness was just under 3 1/2 inches. I only ran each piece through the planer 5-6 times which made the surface nice and flat.

Step 5: Secure Both Bench Top Pieces Together.

Both pieces done, I attached the two tops together with 2x4s across both ends.

Step 6: With a Little Help From My Friends

My son and I then carried the bench - now connected and in one piece - and placed it on the wall supports.

Step 7: Finished!

I finished things with a couple of coats of danish oil. The bench is so sturdy that a middle support wasn't needed but can always be added later.

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    RyanJ12audreyobscura

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    I hope so - it was very heavy and cumbersome to move.