How to make a DIY Simple Workbench for your DIY projects. This project is simple, doesn't take that long, and is very affordable. My buddy George and I built this for his garage.
For more info, project photos, and downloadable plans check out:
Download Plans: http://gumroad.com/l/Workbench
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Tape Measure, Straight Edge, Pencil
Eye and Ear protection
Lumber for the workbench – see wood list in the plans
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Sandpaper, Wood Screws, and Washers
Approximate Total Cost: $175
The Simple Workbench can be made for about $175 in materials cost. You could reduce $35 right off the cost by only using one sheet of plywood and changing dimensions of the top to 24” or less in width.
2 – 4x4s $10/piece
7 – 2x4s $2.50/piece
2- Plywood sheets $35/piece
4 – 4” Caster wheels $8/piece
1 lb. – 2 ½” Screws $9/pound
1 lb. – 1 ¼” Screws $9/pound
Stain – $8/quart
Polyurethane – $12/quart
Washers – For Caster Wheels $1
This is the cost for the wood, wood finish, and other basic supplies. *Note: This doesn’t include smaller things you may already have around the shop, including: glue, sandpaper, etc.
Cut All of the Wood Pieces
We’ll start this project by marking and making cuts for all of the different pieces for this simple workbench. We used a simple circular saw for this, you can use a miter saw or table saw as well. Once all of your cuts are made, we’ll give all of the boards a quick sanding and then start assembling it. Refer to the free, downloadable plans for the cut list.
Start Assembly, Making the Top First
Now we’ll start assembling our simple workbench. After you’ve cut all of the pieces according to the cut list in the plans, then grab the legs, the top lengthwise supports, and the top stretcher supports. Center one of the top stretcher supports and then space the others about 18” apart. Let’s put this all together with 2 ½” wood screws. Pre drill any holes before adding the wood screws and assemble it all together. With very similar assembly construction as the top portion, let’s attach the bottom support. Note that the back side lengthwise board of the bottom (bottom lengthwise board that will face the user) is attached inside the legs. This allows for more room for the user of the workbench.
Cut the Plywood and Attach
Now, we simply need to cut the plywood top and bottom pieces to size. Refer to the cut list for the dimensions and make your cuts. We’ll attach these with 1 1/4″ wood screws, always pre-drilling the holes. You can be generous with the amount of screws that you put into these boards.
Stain and Finish the Workbench
My friend George was a big fan of Minwax’s Gunstock Stain, so that is the color that we went with for his workbench. Always test the stain on a scrap piece of wood before applying to the whole project. Be sure to thoroughly cover all of the wood’s surface, working your way around, underneath, and in all of the nooks and crannies of your workbench. Let this stain dry and cure and then add a clear coat of polyurethane or lacquer to the workbench.
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