Workbench to Get the Job Done!

Submitted by blakeallan on Mon, 11/07/2011 - 21:27
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Beginner
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So, here I am, in the Philippines without a workbench. After finally renting out our condo, we decided we would move to a location better for the school & better for me to have peace of mind. You don't get that 22 floors up where you can't even hear the rain coming down :-/ So after 2 years, I finally had a place to build again. I started buying all new tools as using a 110-220 converter is a pain. I went and got my sliding compound mitre saw, table saw, bandsaw, tool chest, angle grinder, welder...etc etc. The one thing that never crossed my mind....was a workbench!! The biggest tool you'll ever need, and the most crucial..nonetheless, the most forgettable. So, I went looking around, and the closest thing I could find was a blank front door. Granted, it would have been better than the concrete step in which has served as my makeshift workbench, but it just seemed...I don't know, too easy :D I decided to build a 2x5 workbench out of nothing more than 2x4's, 3/4" plywood, and 1/2" plywood. I couldn't remember where I had originally stumbled across the plans, but I wrote the dimensions down at the time. I believe they are all accurately depicted to the plans I had originally found. Nonetheless, they're all the exact cuts I used for the bench. I was able to find a biscuit joiner over here, but no biscuits, so I went another route as you'll see in the photo. The one thing you will learn about the Philippines is that you will never find the matching opposite to go with what you need when it comes to tools! I'm still in search of dowel rods & it's been months!! **Start from the ground up. Wherever I read this, it said to start from the top. If you want this level, I'd suggest going from ground up :D

simple workbench plans

Always measure your wood & remember, a 2x4 is not actually 2" x 4". Especially, where I live :)

Dimensions
workbench plans

Preparation

Shopping List

7-2x4x8' 

1 - sheet of 3/4" plywood, ripped into strips 24" wide x 8 feet long (use for both shelves)

Common Materials
1 1/2 inch screws
3 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List

4 - 2x4 @ 33"

4 - 2x4 @ 17-1/2"

4 - 2x4 @ ~8-1/2"

2 - 2x4 @ 57"

7 - 2x4 @ 21"

2 - 2x4 @ 60"

1 sheet of 3/4" plywood ripped into strips, 24" x 96" - cut the shelf and tabletop pieces from these strips

 

Cutting Instructions

Remember when cutting, take into account the width of the circular saw, table saw, or mitre saw in which you are using.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Level
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

Assemble your legs

Step 2

Assemble your shelf frame & cut the plywood to fit. Measure once, measure twice

Step 3

Before making your top frame for the workspace., clamp everything up & make sure it fits. Width, length, and vertical measurements are a good way of thinking. I actually spaced all under supports evenly, except, I made it to where one of the under, end 2x4's were closer to one side than the other. I have a lot of table-top tools & some of them are quite heavy. By doing this, not only do you get a little extra support underneath, but it gives you a nice stud to mount your table-top tools for permanent stay.

Step 4

Assemble the top. I used 1 1/2" construction screws for the top plywood sheet. I countersunk the top screws because I didn't want to catch myself on them while working. You can then fill them with wood filler. I didn't, however, because it's a WORKBENCH :D

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
Project Type
Room

Comments

blakeallan

Sat, 07/14/2012 - 19:37

Hey, good luck wih that, and I cannot say that I envy you at the moment :-D. We're currently remodeling & decided to go the same route. Ohhhhhhh, I wish we hadn't haha. Maybe, had we not been on such a tight deadline, it would have been fun :-p.

All the best

Angie Overton (not verified)

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 22:37

So I'm new to woodworking. I have made a couple do picture frames and a box. I have table top tools (miter saw, table saw, router table) and I've been wanting to build a workbench. I found some great plans and was convinced they were the ones I'd use. Well... Until I saw this tonight. I like this much better and I too wanted to have shelf underneath to store the tools. I have limited space so I do all my work outside. I need to be able to wheel my workbench in and out of the garage. It looks simple enough to just add wheels to bottom. I guess I would just need to subtract the height of the wheels from the bottom? I plan on getting the locking casters. Any input would be great.

Angie Overton (not verified)

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 22:40

So I'm new to woodworking. I have made a couple do picture frames and a box. I have table top tools (miter saw, table saw, router table) and I've been wanting to build a workbench. I found some great plans and was convinced they were the ones I'd use. Well... Until I saw this tonight. I like this much better and I too wanted to have shelf underneath to store the tools. I have limited space so I do all my work outside. I need to be able to wheel my workbench in and out of the garage. It looks simple enough to just add wheels to bottom. I guess I would just need to subtract the height of the wheels from the bottom? I plan on getting the locking casters. Any input would be great.

Oh.... And I don't care where the plan came from:)

blakeallan

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 23:19

Hey, you're on the right track. I've built a couple of these & I chopped about 3 inches off the bottom in the initial cutting. I used big stainless steel casters that nearly covered the bottom of the leg ( both 2x4s ).. I was lucky to find them, and I didn't want to put the caster just on one of the 2x4s. I doubt that putting a small caster centred on the bottom of the leg will hurt any, but not planning to build another anytime soon, I decided I'd take the high road & cover as much surface area on the bottom of the leg as I could for bracing. If your casters are smaller & you can't find the bigger ones where you live, you could always 1/2" to 1" plywood square on the bottom of the legs, and then drill you caster into that. At least you've have a brace if you can't come across the casters like I've found. And yes, I'd definitely recommend locking casters because the regular ones have wheels that only turn when you don't want them to haha.

blakeallan

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 23:20

One last thing, you might want to see if you can find adjustable height wheels if yo has an uneven or rugged floor/garage.

danniels

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 03:12

You certainly have a way to explain things to make everything look easy! I could use such a workbench for my welding supplies storage so starting next week I'll have it built. I really hope it will look just as good as this one!

ChrisLoved (not verified)

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 13:34

Hey there,
Great plans! Thanks for sharing them. I was wondering if you've had time to put together more info on the outfeed rollers you added later. I would love to know more about them. Thanks!

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