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Building a Workbench

This DIY Basic will provide tips on building a workbench.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

circular or heavy duty jigsaw
power drill
tape measure
dust mask
safety goggles
ear plugs
2x4 lumber
3/8- and 1/2-inch plywood
metal connectors
wood screws,
stain or paint (optional)

Step 3: Measure, Cut and Sand the Pieces

Customize a workbench to fit your workspace and work habits

Measure and cut four legs and 2 sets of crosspieces.

Tip: Sand all pieces before you put them together and stain or paint them, if desired.

Step 4: Secure the Crosspieces

Mark positions of crosspieces, one set 12 inches from floor, the other flush with tops of legs.

Clamp connectors to legs.

Drill holes and screw connectors in place.

Insert crosspieces into connectors and screw into the legs.

Tip: Pre-drill holes or use self-tapping screws.

Step 5: Attach the Top and the Shelf

Measure top and shelf area and cut 1/2-inch plywood to fit.

Cut notches in shelf to fit around legs.

Tip: Sand all sides of top and shelf and stain or paint, if desired, before installing them.

Screw top to frame.

Attach lower shelf with L-brackets.

Step 6: Add Storage

Measure space beneath top surface and build 3/8-inch plywood box to fit between legs. Storage box can be as deep as you like, but leave enough free space above lower shelf for storing large items.

Attach box just under work surface, screwing it to legs with L-brackets.

Cut and notch 1/4-inch strips the depth and length of box and insert them to create honeycomb storage.