Workbench in Closet




About: I'm a computer nerd with a degree in Computer Science that enjoys making things in my spare time. Many of the things I build are multipurpose. Most of the time I don't think about making an instructable on s...

I built this workbench because my backroom went from being just a workroom to a workroom and a laundry room. So I had to build a new workbench. This workbench had been on my mind for a while because I thought that I was under utilizing my closet. Before I built my bench the closet had some old metal baskets in their as shelves and no real organization otherwise. My old bench was a 5' x 3' table top with a 2"x4" frame holding it up. As you may have figured out that this is an over sized "floating" shelf.

Step 1: Frame

I built the frame using the 2"x4"s I had from taking my old bench apart. I started by screwing the 2"x4"s into studs in my wall around the closet. Then I added some cross bracing for stability. Throughout this step I used 3 inch drywall screws to put everything together.

Step 2: Top

After I built the frame I used some 1/2" OSB for the top of the workbench that I got from my dad's shed. Since they were already cut into 2' by 4' pieces they fit right into the closet. Then I cut some of the plywood for the front of the workbench.

Step 3: Finished Workbench

This is my finished workbench. As you have probably seen from some previous pictures that I put my pegboard up and hung my tools before I finished the bench top.



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    3 years ago

    Very nice. I like the effective use of space. BTW, you're using particle board not plywood, right?

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    3 years ago on Step 3

    Good basic 'ible :) The wood that you used for the top is called Oriented Strand Board or OSB though, not plywood. OSB is a good material, but it is not very water resistant. If you will use such a top for anything that might get wet it would be a good idea to paint/seal it, or perhaps put something like shelf paper over it to help resist moisture. It also would make the surface more smooth.

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    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, I changed it to OSB in the instructable. I just have a piece of spare plexiglass screwed on the main part of the workbench and because I added power to the workbench I don't keep anything liguid on there.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Inspires me to organize and hang my tools now. Thanks for the idea!


    3 years ago on Introduction

    my mentor in electronics is some about 80 y.o and has his lab in his closet....its very good when there's no space