Inexpensive workbench

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I am new to the forum. I have been watching for a while, but now I will post some of what I have done. This first project is a workbench that I built from free reclaimed wood. The legs are 4X4 PT. The sides, front and back are all PT 2X4s. The top is 5/8 OSB with a 1/8 hardboard glued down to make a smooth surface. The lower shelf is also 5/8 OSB notched at the corners. I notched the 4X4s with a circular saw to accept the 2X4s and made sure they were flush to the top. Everything is secured with 2 1/2’ wood screws. I am on a very limited budget, so my things are more functional than they are pretty. The pegboard was bought for $1.00 and the hooks for .25 apiece. I am going to post a couple of other projects that I have finished. I am trying to get my small shop together to build household things and maybe I will get good enough to sell some things?

-- Brian, North Georgia

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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 09-05-2011 11:08 PM

Great start. My favorite is the drill press stand. Especially if you are going with thin free stuff, get familiar with building torsion boxes. You can make rock solid things with little material.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#2 posted 09-05-2011 11:10 PM

What is a torsion box? I am unfamiliar with that. Do you have links to plans?

-- Brian, North Georgia

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#3 posted 09-06-2011 12:30 AM

you have been busy. looking forward to see what you make with this new shop

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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David Kirtley

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#4 posted 09-06-2011 02:14 AM

I build mine from like 1/4 luan ply top and bottom with 1×2 on edge for the grid on table top sized. I have one sitting on sawhorses for my chop saw right now. I also made one with a hole for my sewing machine. It is built like a hollow core door. Very strong for it’s weight.

Here is a really heavy one to give you an idea. This is made from MDF and will be quite strong.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#5 posted 09-06-2011 03:58 AM

Great start, keep at it, as it will come along as you work on it

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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