A Sturdy Workbench That Will Last

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Don't have a good place to work? Let's make a sturdy workbench that will last for a long time and can handle some abuse. I choose to make a big one that uses both sides of a corner. But if you just want one side, that's fine too.

This model is meant to be fixed to the wall. It has not enough strength to stand alone

Materials we need:

  • A least 5 pieces of 2x6" wooden planks
  • 1,5" steel square tubes
  • 3 pieces of 10mm threaded rods, some washers and nuts for each side
  • a couple of anchor bolts
  • wood glue
  • paint

Tools we need:

  • wood saw
  • grinder of metal saw
  • welding machine
  • hammer
  • hole saw for steed
  • socket wrench
  • paint brushes
  • Drills for wood, steel and concrete

Step 1: Saw the 2x6" Wooden Planks

Saw the 5 planks to the desired length for a one sided workbench. In my case, with a corner, I needed 10 pieces.

Step 2: Cut 1.5" Square Steel Tubes

Cut the steel tubes for our framework. We need a height of approximately 33 inches and a depth of 29 inches.

A spacing of about 40 inched between the legs is fine. Depending on the size of your workbench.

Step 3: Drill Holes for Mounting to the Wall

Now we drill the holes for the anchor bolts. To prevent movement, I'll fix each piece of framework with two bolts to the wall.

The hole that face the wall just needs to be just big enough to fit the rod through. But we make the other side quite a bit bigger because we need some space to tighten the head with a socket wrench.

Step 4: Mount Steel Pieces to the Wall

After we drilled a hole in the wall, we can mount the first pieces of the framework. The anchor bolts can be tightened with a socket wrench.

Step 5: Weld the Framework

Now we can weld the framework together. I used some left-over steel tubes and wood-clamps to hold everything in place and made sure all the legs got the same the same height.

Step 6: Paint Steel Framework

To prevent rust, it needs some paint. So unbolt everything from the wall and get to work. Don't forget to clean it first.

Let this dry for 1 or 2 days.

Step 7: Drill 12mm Holes Completely Trough the Wood

I the meantime we can drill the holes in the wood. A bit wider than the threaded rods. I used a 12mm drill bit.

It needs to go completely through the plank. You drill is probably not long enough, so you need to drill from each side.

Do the measurements with precision and make sure you drill straight. Otherwise the holes will not align properly.

Step 8: Glue the Wooden Planks Together While Aligning the Holes.

When the paint is dry, you can reassemble the framework and start working on the tabletop. Just glue the planks together and make sure the holes drilled in the previous step align perfectly.

You can add some weights on top of the planks to bend them a little if needed for alignment.

Now quickly go to the next step before the glue cures.

Step 9: Stick 10mm Threaded Rods Through the Wood Planks, and Tighten Them Together

If the holes are aligned properly, you can stick the threaded rods through. I might need a hammer, but don't damage the threads.

Then we screw on the bolts with washers on both sides and tighten everything so the 5 wooden planks become 1 solid piece.

Do this before the glue cures.

Step 10: Done!

And now we are done. Let the glue dry and the workbench is finished.


Sort of. Maybe you want to paint it. Or attach a vise. That's up to you. We have a sturdy workbench now, and can make it as nice as you want.

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    2 Discussions

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    juanmonico

    3 months ago on Step 10

    Flip-flops are not the best choice of footwear for this project.

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    Penolopy Bulnick

    3 months ago

    A nice sturdy workbench is the way to go!