|Project by mIps||posted 10-11-2012 06:08 PM||1545 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
This is the third iteration of my workbench. The first one was similar but made from the same really cheap plywood as the shelves and, with nothing truly straight or level, it was not the best.
I replaced that bench with a different style where the entire area underneath was open and it sat on a 2×4 runner along the back wall and 2×4 legs at each corner. Sadly that had a tendency to sag along the front and the front runner was not straight at all. So, again, I replaced it.
This third one I quite like. It’s made from particle board, which was not terribly expensive and STRAIGHT. I set the height and depth of the bench so that I could get the most from the particle board I could afford (yes I know that’s doing things backwards but when you’re on a tight budget, you do what you gotta do.) I then topped the bench with a layer of regular particle board and then a layer of melamine-coated particle board, making the top 1 1/2 inches thick total, cut some scrap furring strips down to 1/12 inch thick and screwed those onto the edges to give the bench a slightly more finished look. It won’t win a beauty contest, but it works and the top is FLAT.
I am working on making some rolling drawer cabinets to go underneath.
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