How to Make an Extremely Simple Workbench

I needed to upgrade my garage, from a little old 1 by 1 foot table for some old stereo, that I used for soldering, until I got interested in metal working

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Step 1: When You Decide to Build a Workbench

Make sure you have (a)
•circular saw
•drill & drill bits
•screws

Step 2: Then You Start Planning

I started my plans on a scrap piece of paper, then made actual measurements and remade my plans on printer paper...

Step 3: Buy Some Wood

I went to Home Depot for my wood. I measured all the wood and calculated how many 2x4's that I would need, but I lost that paper, so I can't show it... And I also bought a sheet of 1/2 inch plywood for a nice surface. And I used a bunch of scrap wood in my garage.

Step 4: Build the Frame

Don't over complicate things, just screw the 2x4's in a table like formation, and put lots of screws to make it very sturdy

Step 5: Screw on the Plywood

Step 6: Cut the Plywood

Step 7: If You Made Shelves

Like I did, you should take a piece of scrap osb, and put it on where the shelf is, and put a couple of screws to keep it in place.

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    9 Discussions

    Just wanted to say I think the layout is brilliant! I'm far away from making my own (as I am renting a small appartment at the moment), but the idea of a "180 degree" workbench is great no matter what kind of work you do! Will have this in mind the day I make my own for sure!

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    Onfire1299

    5 years ago

    I forgot to add measuring tape in the supplies, because I didn't have one at the time, so one leg is slightly taller than the rest

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    pfred2Onfire1299

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Once you cut one leg use it to measure all the rest. Or better yet set a stop so everything comes out the same. When I measure with a tape I can read the tape wrong, or just mark too heavy (long), or light (short) with it. So the less I use a tape the better off I am. If you want stuff you make to come out good you should use a steel square, and a speed square if you're cutting with a circular saw. A speed square really helps me out if I'm cutting with a circular saw. Levels can come in handy building larger pieces too. I'll always use one when I'm done, to see how well I did. Levels are handy for plumbing stuff up as I go along too.

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    prdewa

    5 years ago on Introduction

    For past about 6-9 months I have been *thinking* how I should make my workbench! I need to put a couple of laptops, some screens, keyboards, mouse (what is the plural of mouse ;-P ?), printer, scanner. Onfire1299, you have truly opened my eyes! I could have made, remade, improved and by now settled on some design starting from something similar to the workbench you have posted. Functionality Rules and Evolution is the way!! Many thanks for sharing.

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    pfred2prdewa

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Mice is the plural of mouse. The desk? I'm at now is a scrap knock together affair. Smaller than what this fellow built, but I needed it to fit in a specific spot. You can kind of see it in this picture:

    https://www.instructables.com/files/orig/FUF/75A5/H347FJ9L/FUF75A5H347FJ9L.jpg

    I made the top out of a bed I found on the side of the road, and some scrap structural lumber I had lying around makes up the rest. Total cost zero.

    My workbench is another scrap wood project too. I made it out of wood I got doing a couple of deck demolitions, plus I found some wood in a shed.

    http://i.imgur.com/cqQdf.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/zQrTH.jpg

    That is in my old garage, at my old house, where I built it. I still have it

    http://i.imgur.com/VannV.jpg

    I never need anything too fancy so old used wood is usually good enough for me.

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    Onfire1299

    5 years ago

    Thank you so much for this comment, it made my day! (And I hope I don't think of something else to write, because I'm making too many comments!) =)

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    Onfire1299

    5 years ago

    Oh and the plural of mouse I think it might be mice? =)

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    pfred2

    5 years ago on Introduction

    That looks like a big upgrade over what you say you had. Enjoy it!