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Easy and cheap (yet solid) workbench
Easy and cheap (yet solid) workbench
Easy and cheap (yet solid) workbench
Easy and cheap (yet solid) workbench
Easy and cheap (yet solid) workbench
Easy and cheap (yet solid) workbench
  • Easy and cheap (yet solid) workbench
  • Easy and cheap (yet solid) workbench
  • Easy and cheap (yet solid) workbench
  • Easy and cheap (yet solid) workbench
  • Easy and cheap (yet solid) workbench
  • Easy and cheap (yet solid) workbench

Easy and cheap (yet solid) workbench

Having never built so much as a bookshelf in my life, I just completed a 10x10 workshop/storage room. That hasn’t fallen down yet, so I decided “what the heck? – I’ll try building my own workbench too!”

I’ve always liked the way butcher block looks, so I wanted something similar. To that end I decided to use 2x4 untreated studs laid flat within a 2x6 perimeter. Using the untreated studs had several advantages: First, they’re cheap! Second, they are easy to screw into if I want to add something like a temporary vice or stops for a particular project. Also, if a stud is ever damaged, I can easily replace the single damaged board rather than having to replace the entire top. Finally, did I mention they are cheap?

I wasn’t sure how tall to make it. I didn’t want it so high that I couldn’t get good leverage if I had to press down on a project, but I didn’t want it so low that I would always be bending over at an uncomfortable angle. I finally got the idea to measure my kitchen counters because they are a comfortable height (3’). I went with that and it’s perfect!

After some sketching and re-sketching, and some calculating and re-calculating, I found I could get all the lumber I needed for a 6’x2’ workbench from 8’ sticks with minimal waste. The breakdown was this:

6 2x4x8s each yielded a board and a brace for the top
2 2x6x8s each yielded a perimeter board for the long and short side
2 2x4x8s each yielded 2 legs and a side brace for the bottom shelf
2 2x4x8s each yielded the a long brace and a short brace for the bottom shelf.

A leftover piece of hardiplank siding served for the bottom shelf.

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popo.jay
popo.jay

Thanks for listing the lumber list! Makes it much easer to plan :)

I want to do something very similar to this, but add locking casters so I can move it easily; and maybe add and upper storage/peg board, too.


mrgroovy

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Project Information

Difficulty: Easy
Category: Garage,

Materials Used:

  • 8 untreated 2x4x8 studs, 2 untreated 2x6x8s, 8 bolts, a boatload of wood screws, 1 leftover piece of hardiplank siding


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