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Custom Workbench


Hornet
Hornet
Hornet
Hornet

After moving into our new house, I was in need of a nice workbench to assemble my R/C airplanes on. I wanted it to look nice since it was going to be in the house, and it needed to be solid and perfectly flat. I found a finished picture online that I liked, which I used as a base for my project. I kept it as simple as I could using just 2x4s, 1x6s and various plywood.
I assembled the L-shaped legs from two 2x4s that I used filler and sanded for a smooth look once painted. Some of the legs lumber had some twist, which made it a challenge to make sure everything was square when finally putting it all together. With the legs together, I was able to attach the 2x4 frame for the bottom shelf and cap it with 3/8" chipboard, all of which I had cut and pre-painted earlier.
Then finally, I attached a 3/8" chipboard on the top of the legs, and then a 3/4" cabinet-grade plywood as my worktop that I had painted with white exterior paint for a durable finish.
I will at some point make drawers to finish the bench, but the cubby-holes still give me plenty of storage as is!
My set of Ryobi cordless tools were invaluable for this project! My drill and impact driver were always at my side to pre-drill and drive in long screws with ease. Thank you Ryobi!

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Custom Workbench

by Hornet
Jan 10, 2017

After moving into our new house, I was in need of a nice workbench to assemble my R/C airplanes on. I wanted it to look nice since it was going to be in the house, and it needed to be solid and perfectly flat. I found a finished picture online that I liked, which I used as a base for my project. I kept it as simple as I could using just 2x4s, 1x6s and various plywood. I assembled the L-shaped legs from two 2x4s that I used filler and sanded for a smooth look once painted. Some of the legs lumber had some twist, which made it a challenge to make sure everything was square when finally putting it all together. With the legs together, I was able to attach the 2x4 frame for the bottom shelf and cap it with 3/8" chipboard, all of which I had cut and pre-painted earlier. Then finally, I attached a 3/8" chipboard on the top of the legs, and then a 3/4" cabinet-grade plywood as my worktop that I had painted with white exterior paint for a durable finish. I will at some point make drawers to finish the bench, but the cubby-holes still give me plenty of storage as is! My set of Ryobi cordless tools were invaluable for this project! My drill and impact driver were always at my side to pre-drill and drive in long screws with ease. Thank you Ryobi!