An easy to build, inexpensive wooden workbench is a great addition for any garage or workshop. A good workbench doesn't have to be fancy or consist of a lot extra bells and whistles. The main function of a workbench is to simply provide a durable, sturdy base on which to complete your odd jobs or tasks. Here is a step-by-step guide to create a very simple, yet solid, wooden workbench:
Step 1 - Cutting the Frame
First, cut two pieces of 2x4 lumber the same size. These pieces will be used to build the frame and support the legs of your wooden workbench. The frame consists of four pieces of wood. Two pieces are of the longer length and two pieces of the shorter length.
Step 2 - Cut the Legs
Cut four pieces of two by fours to the exact same height. Choose a length that will make the height comfortable for you when working at the bench. If you want a really strong workbench, you can use 4x4s instead of 2x4s for the legs.
Step 3 - Putting the Top Frame Together
Place the frame pieces on the floor and begin screwing them together. Be sure to use wood screws that are long enough to securely fasten the frame without splitting the wood or allowing the pieces to come loose.
Step 4 - Attach the Legs to the Frame
Using bolts or wood screws, attach the legs to the frame. You'll want to make sure that you use at least four screws for each leg and ensure that they are long enough to securely fasten the legs to the frame.
Step 5 - Build a Second Frame
Next, you'll need to build a second frame to the same specifications as the first.
Step 6 - Attach the Second Frame
Slide the second frame up approximately 6 to 8 inches from the bottom of the legs. Then, attach the frame to the legs as you did before using at least four wood screws or bolts.
Step 7 - Cutting the Workbench Top
Cut a piece of plywood to a size that hangs over the top of the frame about 4 to 6 inches on all sides. In order to measure for the cut, simply add approximately 8 to 12 inches to the depth and width of the frame.
Step 8 - Cut Lower Workbench Shelf
You'll need to cut a piece of plywood to place on top of the bottom frame that will act as a shelf. In order to do this, measure along the top of the bottom frame, and cut your plywood to the match. Then, securely attach the plywood to the top of the bottom frame using wood screws. Make sure that you insert enough wood screws to securely fasten the plywood shelf and keep the bench from wobbling.
Step 9 - Installing the Workbench Top
Attach the plywood piece that you cut earlier for the top to the upper frame with L brackets. You can temporarily secure it with wood screws.
Step 10 – Install the Top Covering
Find some piece of inexpensive hardwood flooring or other type of smooth wood to cover the plywood top of your wooden workbench. Cut the flooring or hardwood so that it matches the top of the plywood and is flush on all sides. Nail the hardwood top into the plywood base so that it is attached securely. After you have installed the hardwood top, remove the screws from the L brackets and replace them with longer wood screws. Fasten by driving them in completely.