I recently got back into woodworking after being laid off from a job that required so much travel that I couldn’t fit any shop time into my life. It’s been about four years since I have completed a project and in between job interviews (I’m flying to Kansas City for one on Friday), I’m building myself a few new work stations, jigs, and tools that I will need to take a crack at building some of my own furniture.
First up, I needed a workbench with a nice flat surface for assembling face frames for cabinets and gluing up door panels. I decided to keep it simple and I built it using my Kreg Pocket Hole Jig, 2×4 Douglas Fir and 3/4” MDF. It went together pretty quickly as I had the MDF roughed out at Home Depot rather than fight with it on my table saw.
I used the free 2’x4’ Garage Workbench plan from www.Kregtool.com:
Just log in at Kreg’s site and you will have access to print out a .pdf with the plans which includes a convenient shopping list and a cut list for the project.
I love my Kreg Jig for working with 2×4s. I’ll use it for face frames on future projects too.
The paint is a very manly shade of purple that I had left over from my daughter’s “Rock N Roll” bedroom makeover in 2010. It’s original anyway.
I made a few modifications and I’m not done yet. I doubled up on the lower legs so I could add 2” locking wheels. I added some peg board to the ends for holding some tools and supplies. I also added a power strip that I had laying around.
I will take some more photos to show you what it looks like with the 1.5” thick MDF top in place. Now I have a good mobile table that I can use for my next project. I also discovered that a small refrigerator fits nicely on the bottom shelf to keep a few cold beers handy.
-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."