One of probably the most important tools in any work shop. The workbench, which I have wanted to make ever since I got started woodworking. But I have always delayed it because I always wanted it to be something I would be proud of and be reliable to be used for many years to come.
This is also nearly entirely made from reclaimed materials and cost me about £30 to build which is a real bonus and was accomplished across one weekend.
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Step 1: Frame.
I started by constructing the two ends of the work bench, Like I said in the intro this is predominantly made from reclaimed materials. The only timber I purchased was four 2.4m lengths of 90mm x 40mm treated pine. Some of which is used in the end sections the rest is also 90mm x 40mm but came from a load of shipping crates that I got my hands on a while ago.
X 4 Legs - 90mm x 40mm x 800mm.
X 4 Supports - 90mm x 40mm x 600mm.
This is simply held together with glue and screws, ensure that you drill pilot holes before assembling to avoid cracking in the end grain of the supports. And ensure that you check and re-check that its all square as this will save time later on and ensure it comes out correct.
Step 2: Side Supports.
Again the four side supports are fitted in the same way using glue and screws, ensuring to stagger the screws so that they don't clash with the screws from the side supports in the previous step. Each one is cut to 1600mm.
Again it is crucial to check and re check that it is square, which amazingly this is. And it is also heavy and solid which makes for the perfect workbench.
Step 3: Make It Solid.
Next I added two supports to the top and two to the bottom shelf to provide extra support and make it really solid. Each one is cut to a length of 680mm and is again 90mm x 40mm. I want this to last for a long time so taking the time to do this now will help in the future.
I also added two 90 degree corner braces onto each end to prevent any racking within the frame. And this really did give the frame loads more rigidity. This is made from 45mm x 45mm x 250mm Pine.
Step 4: Shelf & Storage.
One thing I wanted initially from the design of this workbench, was for it to have a large storage shelf where all of my power tools can live and be easily accessible which this does amazingly. I now have so much more storage, so I guess that means I can buy more power tools.
This is made from 18mm salvaged plywood and glued and screwed into place.
Step 5: Top It Off.
Once the frame was completed I debated for a while about what top to use to finish it off. I eventually decided on making a pallet wood top for two reasons, firstly I love upcycling and secondly I wanted this to be a rough heavy duty bench that I wont be worried about damaging over time.
Also one last point being that pallet wood is free and I am lucky enough to have access to more than I could ever need so why not use it.
Overall I am really happy with how this has turned out my garage now feels like a real workshop, which has given me so much confidence to continue. And she looks an absolute beauty with that pallet wood top.
Appreciate and comments you might have or if you simply want to talk about what your building, feel free to comment below.
Also don't forget to vote for me in the home improvement contest because surely this is the best thing any maker / woodworker can do to imporve their home.
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