small space,cheap workbench

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Project by oldguy2 posted 05-04-2016 07:59 PM 1746 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back again in the one car garage and lessons learned in 5 workshops. Lesson 3 a bench along the wall is one you will not build anything on but store crap on. So keep it NARROW. I used to have an old kitchen cabinet 24in deep and could barely reach over it to the wall of tools. then what happened to the countertop space? cups , rulers, plans, that left about half for building.. Lesson 4 use up anything extra on the shelf to build a project… amazing what you have there. So this bench is 1×3 legs in an L, 36 in high and planned for 14 inch wide and 48in long. using 4 ft. 2x for the 6 long cross pieces and the 9 inner cross members to make shelf frames of 2x also. The top was made from 3 pieces of 3/4 plywood I had 15 inch wide so that was good gave it some overhang and I added a 3 inch backsplash to not loose tools over the edge..been down that road, raise your hand. So the count is 4—1×3x8ft for the legs, 2 2×3x8 for two of the rails, 2 4 ft 2×2 old pressure treated for another, and cross members were 10 in and I had enough in 2×4 scrap to cut those. Left over waferboard to make 3 shelves. And the 3 plywood pieces 15 wide by ?? and 2 1/2 inch screws and 1 5/8 screws. I did plan for plastic crates to go under the bottom and on the mid shelf (open end facing out ) and a 4 inch upper shelf. After paper planning this and allowing for the 2×3 width that’s how I kept it at 36 inch high which is high for my 5 ft 6in height. My main bench is 32 in and just nice. So my goal here, Arrive, drinks and plans on this bench. tape measures here, safety glasses in the black tray, glue bottles in use, anything in use. In the picture, 4 hand planes and misc on the shelf, midshelf has 2 crates and a drill bit case, so far underneath is empty but I doubt for long. But the shop looks cleaner and more organized now. Very motivating.
Cheap yes I did not go to the store to buy one board. And the list of pieces of plywood and 2x and pine was well worth collecting and is on a clipboard for me. You don’t want to see the lumber rack and the wall rack. if you do go to the home page and my workshop pics. Thanks.

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#1 posted 05-05-2016 12:42 AM

Very good use of space. i love it!!

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#2 posted 05-05-2016 11:11 AM

This may be so simple you only learn practical or frame ideas but read my home site and shop pics and you will see why I would make such a bench. Experience is such a great teacher…chapters in my book.

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