|Project by christherookie||posted 01-23-2010 04:40 PM||4471 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
This is my first workbench. My budget was um, how would you say…minimal, therefore my wood of choice was 2×4’s and plywood. I used a few different designs I saw here and elsewhere on the internet for my inspiration. As you can see in the two close-ups, it’s double 2×4’s for the legs with sections cut out for the cross framing of the shelf and the support for the countertop. In retrospect, I should have turned the 2×4 in the second photo (the one directly under the countertop so it was tall instead of flat. I’m not worried about it for now as the is a weekender’s bench (mine) and I’m not mounting an anvil on it or anything.
I used pre-cut plywood for the shelf and the top. In pre-cut, they only had 2’ by 4’ so I had to use another 2’ by 2’ on the top as well. Yeah, I could have bought a full sheet and cut it down but for my first workbench, I was going for simplicity.
The last photo is my workspace in the garage. That little bookholder on the far right (dark brown) is one I designed and made in Highschool – oh so many years ago. We’ve used it in the house until just last month.
For what it’s worth, the workbench was create with a circular saw, a drill, and a jig saw (don’t you just hate it when your measurement is off by a fraction and brute force won’t fix the problem.) Hardware is decking screws. I pre-drilled the holes and then screwed buzzed in.
I added an el cheapo bench vise and re-purposed a particle-board desk for the keyboard tray. I added a small strip of pine across the front of the tray for a nicer look.
It’s not a beautiful hardwood top with a $200 bench vise but it’s cheap and it gets me what I need.