Are you thinking of building your own work bench but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Not too long ago I started working on cleaning up my garage. My goal was to neatly organize tons of junk I have as well as build a solid work bench where I could pretty much do anything.
I too didn’t know where to start so I did what comes natural. I surfed the web for some design ideas that would work best for me. I wanted a large surface working area with storage space beneath. Once I found something that made sense to me so I head off to my local home improvement store with a shopping list of supplies. After several hours worth of work, I now have a solid bench that I’m proud to have built with my own two hands.
Are you ready to build your own work bench? Check out the materials list and instructions below.
• 1 – 4’X8’X 23/32” Plywood
• 5 – 2X6 8’
• 2 – 4X4 8’
• 32 – 5/16 Hex Bolts 6”
• 32 – 5/16 Lock Nuts
• 64 – 5/16 Washers
• 1 Box – 1 5/8” Deck Screws
• Tape Measure
• Power Drill with 5/16 bit
• Miter Saw
• Saw stand
• Trigger clamp
• Jig saw
• ½” Socket
• ½” Wrench
Step 1 – Make your cuts
• Cut the 4×8 plywood in half horizontally to make two 2×8 pieces. (I had this piece cut in store). These will become the top and middle shelve.
• Cut 4 pieces of 4×4 post at 40 inches for the legs. This can be customized in height to your personal preference.
• 2 pieces of 2X6 – 96″ – no cutting required
• Cut 2 pieces of 2X6 – 93″
•Cut 4 pieces of 2X6 – 22 1/2″
Use a thin piece of scrap wood to draw the locations where the holes for the bolts will go. This helps keep all the holes you drill uniform. Make a second template for the side holes on the post so they are evenly staggered. Tip: Use a trigger clamp to keep the wood from moving so the holes are even and match up perfectly.
Step 3 – Begin putting the frame together. The front side can easily be done laying on the ground. Once you begin the side pieces, using a trigger clamp will simplify things drastically.
Step 4 – Measure, and cut the edges of the middle shelf. Measure if from the edge of the outside board up to the inside of the 4×4 post.
Note: I originally measured just for the post only and had to make an additional adjustment cut. I didn’t go by “the rule”, which you defintely should… “measure twice, cut once”
Step 6 – Drill down the table top of the work bench.
Your new work bench is now completely put together. From here you can customize or paint according to your preference. I have seen many things done to benches such as staining, painting and even top coats of epoxy for durability.
Now it’s your turn! Give the DIY work bench a try. I’d love to see what you come up with. Feel free to leave comments with brag post.