Constructing A Portable Workbench Constructing A Portable Workbench

What You'll Need
2 Small Filing Cabinets For flexibility, the best type of filing cabinet has both shallow and deep drawers
4 Caster Wheels
Power Drill
Plywood, 1/4 to 1/2 -inch thick

A portable workbench can be the perfect solution to home improvement projects that require quite a bit of measuring, moving and bending over to complete the job. Instead of walking back and forth and constantly picking up tools and other items, construct a workbench that can be moved from task to task, making the job easier all the way around.

Benefits of a Portable Workbench

A portable workbench makes it possible to have most supplies and tools at hand as they are needed. For example, screws, nails, bolts and other supplies can be easily stored in cabinet drawers, as can items like sandpaper and sanding blocks.

Additionally, a workbench with storage space for larger tools like hammers, screwdrivers, power drills and bits makes completing almost any project simple and less time-consuming.

Step 1 - Measure the width of the file cabinets and add those numbers together. Then add a measurement for a center divider. This can be so that you can easily use the workbench top as a desk or so that you can fit other tools under the bench top for storage.

Step 2 -
Cut two boards the length of your measurement. These boards will be used for supports, so use boards that are at least 2-by-6 or wider.

Step 3 - Tape the drawers of the filing cabinets closed. Turn the filing cabinets upside-down so the bottom is facing upward. Space the cabinets at the desired measurement from each other. Use wood screws and attach the boards to the file cabinet bottom so that you create the bottom of the cabinet.

Step 4 - Attach the caster wheels to each corner.

Step 5 - Carefully turn the cabinets back right-side up. This may require some assistance.

Step 6 - Cut the plywood to the desired measurement for your workbench top.

Step 7 - Place the plywood on top of the file cabinets and screw into place with wood screws.

Step 8
- Sand the edges of the workbench top so that they are splinter-free.

A variation on this workbench design is to use a hollow core or solid door for the bench top. You could also use pegboard, particularly if you want to hang items from the edge of your bench top.

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