I designed and built a workbench!

There Comes a Time In Everyone’s Life when they think… I should build a workbench. Apparently, for me, that time was this past week.

I was at Lowe’s getting various garden engineering and home improvement junk a couple weeks ago, and I saw this on sale for $99. So, I bought it, and started a design based on it.

CAD

My first version of the design had the legs protruding up through the countertop for some reason… That was no good. This is the design I ended up with:

3D design:

Drawings:

Materials

Material Quantity Description
72" x 25.5" x 1" countertop 1 a piece of countertop for the work surface. I'm far too lazy to laminate anything, and this looks nicer than plywood.
8' 2x4s 8 ct. I eyeballed them in the store to pick ones that were reasonably straight and didn't have too many unsightly surface features.
8' 1x2s 3 ct. For edge banding
2" wood screws a few dozen for mitre joints and corner blocks
2.5" deck screws a few dozen for joining 2x4s face-to-face (e.g. legs)
3" deck screws a few dozen for joining bigger pieces, diagonals, etc.

Tools

Tool Purpose
Jigsaw Cutting perpendicular notches on leg halves -- this produced much more accurate and smooth cuts than my circular saw
Mallet and chisel Fixing mistakes from previous cuts ;)
Mitre saw (at VHS) Cutting mitres in 2x4s
Power screwdriver, 2-3 sizes of Robertson bits Reticulating splines
Power drill, ~3/32" bit Predrilling holes... It's convenient for this to be separate from the screwdriver, otherwise you have to switch bits constantly
Countersink bit Making nicer holes in visible locations
Pocket hole jig Joining the countertop to the top box -- If you're using 1" thick countertop material, set the depth stop to 7/8"!
Clamps It has been alleged that one can never have too many

Photos

This is just a Google Photos album for now, I'll break it out into separate photos with more words later!

Summary

This is actually the first large thing I've designed and built out of atoms instead of bits. It turned out pretty well for a first project!
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