All in One Work Bench

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Built this workbench to maximize my work area in the garage. I wanted lots of tool storage with power built in and a table saw outfeed table. It had to be movable

Step 1: Start With Lumber and a Sketch

I started with a trip to the big orange store.15-2x4
2-4x4
4-1x2 pine strips
2 sheets of cabinet grade 3/4
3" wood screws
Epoxy paint and primer
Wood stain.

I then drew a sketch of what I wanted

Step 2: Practice Your Joints.

I took some scrap wood and practiced the joints I wanted to you. I used half laps so I set my sliding compound saw to the depth I needed and made lots of cuts next to each other

Step 3: Start Cutting Wood

Start cutting your frame work. Make sure you test each joint as you go

Lots of cutting here

Step 4: Assemble

Assemble all the framing components. Make sure everything is square

I used wood glue and 3 inch wood screws here

Step 5: Add Casters

I added caster to make it easier to move around

Step 6: Cleaned Up Joints and Add Power

Next I cleaned up the joints using wood filler and added electrical boxes under the table. I worked the 4 electrical boxes together then wire a cut off extension cord to the last box to plug into the wall.

Step 7: Prime Bench and Stain Top

Next I primed the bench with kills primer and stained the top of the bench.

Step 8: Put in the Sun to Dry

Drying.....

Step 9: Paint

I wanted a strong finish so I used a oil based epoxy paint. 3 coats

Step 10: Add Lower Shelfing

For this is used 2x6 lumber. I cut it all to fit them removed and stained it before screwing it down with pocket holes from the bottom

Step 11: Make Edge Trim

I made edge trim to hide the plywood edges. I but to size, mite red the corners and stained them. I used pocket screws to attach them

Step 12: Lower Shelf

Made the lower shelf the same way, cut, stained , edge trim, then pocket hole to attach

Step 13: Finish With Polyurethane to Protect Finish

Used 3 coats of polyurethane to protect the top surface

Step 14: Load It Up With Tools

Got all my stuff put on it

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AdamH145

5 months ago

I took your design and used what I had to make a similar table. Used 2x6's to make the table as that what I had. It's a beefy table! Now to finish the top.

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NeedjahAdamH145

Reply 2 months ago

What are the dimensions of your bench AdamH145? Looks good

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Needjah

2 months ago

GREAT bench, but not really an "Instructable"

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cb77305

1 year ago

I just finished a potting bench for my wife - nowhere the workmanship that obviously went into this beautiful project. I used nothing but scrap - mostly 2 x 4s - collected over the years, so it looks rough but is square in all the right places - thanks to me DeWalt chopsaw.

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KevD44

1 year ago

how long is this? I need half the upper table size

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PremaL4

1 year ago

Good design and it is very easy for new woodworkers, and I used different type of plans for my customer, and one of the woodworking forum I download few different plans and I used for my customer and they like it, If anyone looking for different woodworking plans contact at ( lutherking1912@gmail.com )
I can share my plans

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attawudh

1 year ago

So strong with usefull

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AndrewW197

1 year ago

Well-bethought project, and beautifully executed. Thank you for posting!

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JpsManCave

2 years ago

Looks good. Not a big fan of the table saw part cantilevering like that. im sure it is more than fine just little personal preference on my part. how long you think the finish on the top will last?

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JetMechanicJpsManCave

Reply 1 year ago

Look at the mass of the rest of the table. Then consider that the center
of the mass over that cantilevered section is only about 12"
from the closest support point, and you'll realize that your concerns
are unnecessary.

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nickd561JpsManCave

Reply 2 years ago

You could always place wheels under the table saw but I haven't had a issue yet. The poly should last a few years. You can always sand it with 220 and add another coat to make it look new again

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JpsManCavenickd561

Reply 2 years ago

im sure you wont ever have a problem it looks very stout. I was just wondering about the top. me and a buddy are looking into building close to the same thing but have been looking at using Melamine for the top

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freementia

1 year ago

I have a tendency to lean on my workbench and i'm afraid that, even with locking casters, the bench will still move when I don't want it to. Do you see any movement when the casters are locked? I was thinking i'd use something like these. (Inspired by the movable stairs at Home Depot)

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charlessenf-gm

Reply 1 year ago

The three wheels approach demands a stabilizing mechanism that allows the two legs at the third wheel to be supported. This could be accomplished with a couple of support legs such as used on boat trailers and such where you crank them down to bear the weight once the trailer is disconnected from the towing vehicle. About $20 from Harbor Freight Tools when on sale with a 20%-off coupon!

Note, some of this come with rather large wheels - so you could use one of them for the 3rd wheel and simply retract it when the bench was in the new place and stick a shim under the 'short leg.'

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ewsmith

2 years ago

Beautiful bench, great build. How easily does it roll? Do you find yourself moving it around or is it too heavy fully loaded?

Separately, how solid is it once it is in place and the wheels are locked? I see you have other benches but for my space I need to mount a vice and I do a lot of hammering and such. I'm considering a detachable pod I can roll up and clamp tight and flush with the top yet sits on the ground. Other than messing up your great surface, do you see any need for such a thing with your build?

P.S. I do not believe there is any surface within 100 yards of my garage where 6 wheels could touch the ground at one time..

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ynnebewsmith

Reply 2 years ago

I wonder if you could attempt a 3 wheel bench to ensure all 3 contact and a more stable surface. Just use the two wheels at the cutting end. (BTW his is 4 wheels)

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ewsmithynneb

Reply 2 years ago

Interesting idea on the 3 wheels. I use a 100 year old barn for my garage and I prefer to work outside whenever I can, so I'm thinking I'll need adjustable legs anyway. Still not sure how large I can go and still have it be practical due to weight. Maybe my 3rd wheel should be a motorized dolly ; ).

Yes, I was referring to someone else's comment that it might need 6 wheels (he said it doesn't, thankfully).

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PaulB329ewsmith

Reply 2 years ago

maybe three wheels with simple mounts and a fourth one with some up and down adjustability. That way you have support under all the corners.

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charlessenf-gm

Reply 1 year ago

Shopping Cart Wheels (the fixed ones at the rear of the carts) are ideal for this approach as a result of the brackets they use. If you raised the legs just a bit before welding them to the legs/support, they compress a bit when lowered allowing the support to firmly contact the smooth floor and are very stable. Then, when you raise the other end of the table upon (one or a couple) of swiveling casters, you can move the table or tool quite easily - upon a smooth surface.

Bed Frames are fine and cheap steel and can be used to make quite a stable bench. I have done so with mild steel and 1" Sq Tubing and 1.25" Angle to hold two thicknesses of .75" plywood for a top that essentially dropped into the cavity formed by the angle iron (I added supports, of course along the length of the (in my case) five-foot wide x ten-foot long surface (top).

But, woodworkers tend to build out of wood and may not have tools to cut, form and weld steel!