How to Make a Workbench

Introduction: How to Make a Workbench

here is my take on the humble workbench.
i made it using 90x35 timber and 12mm plywood doubled up for the bench top.

this is my very first instructable so please be nice :)

the tools i used:
cordless drill.
hand saw.
tape measure.
drill bit to pre drill.
two C clamps.
spirit level.

think thats it!

to make the design i started from the top down.
i worked out what size top i wanted (1200x600) and then worked out what size overlap of the top i wanted (50mm) and that told me the size i needed the base to be.

to start i marked out and cut all timber then i joined extra bits of timber to the legs for added strength and left space to join the legs together.
i used glue and then put two 57mm screws into the bottom added piece and four screws to the top piece.
then i screwed the two 1030mm pieces to the top and bottom to complete the legs.
once both legs where completed then i attached the four side pieces.

the base is now finished!

now i measured my bottom shelf (cut out around the leg) and then screwed it down.
now screw the first piece of plywood to the top. when i did this i spaced the screws out a bit so i would have room to screw the last pieces of ply down.

when i screwed the last piece of ply i used two clamps to make sure the two bench tops stayed aligned.

pretty much done now.
all i did now was break the edge of the bench top with a file so it wasn't so sharp, screw a length of 90x35 to the back to stop anything from falling down the back (i used three small brackets to do this) and attach a 6 point power board to the back left leg.


this was great for me because its the perfect size for the small space i have and it was great fun to make.
not including buying the timber this took just under 4 hours to make.

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    How did you make the 90mm gap at the top and bottom in the 4th picture? Also how did you come up with that number?

    Is there any reason to do that when joining the wood rather than bolting them together. The 5th picture looks cleaner to me than if you were to just bolt it togther, is that why?



    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    The legs are two pieces of 90x35mm joined together to make it 90x70mm.
    to make the 90mm gap all i did was cut that out of the second piece of timber when i joined them together.
    hope i wrote that so you can understand.

    for the design i did screws worked best i think.

    this is my first instructable and thanks for looking and for your comment.



    8 years ago on Introduction

    You can also add casters to move your workbench around if needed.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    that was the plan and i might add wheels later on but at my local hardware store they cost as much or more than all the timber plus the plywood!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    a few diagonal braces ( even if made of light wood ) would make the workbench much less shakey. The large piece of plywood at the rear may be functioning in that way ( I can not see it clearly ) for side to side motion.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    thanks for the comment! as I said I am very new hear so I am grateful for any comments. this is solid as a rock. the ply at the back is left over and only being stored there same as some 90x35s. sorry for the confusion.