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.
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:
- Overall dimensions: https://a360.co/2O6yNeu
- Cross braces: https://a360.co/31XLws9
- Legs: https://a360.co/2Ocr7Y5
|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.|
|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|
PhotosThis is just a Google Photos album for now, I'll break it out into separate photos with more words later!