Steps to Building a Metal Work Bench Steps to Building a Metal Work Bench

What You'll Need
Workbench assembly kit
Assembly instructions
Screwdriver
Rubber mallet
A friend

Whether you have an industrial use or a personal workshop in your garage, there is always a time and place for a good metal work bench. When you unbox all the parts involved in the construction of your own workbench it can look like a big task. However, anyone who can read directions will have no problems in constructing their own workbench for whatever projects they have in mind.

Step 1: Assess Parts

With the instructions in hand, turn to the page that tells you what the work bench kit contains and make sure that all the pieces are included. Separate the parts out by the instructions to keep your assembly organized, making sure the connectors, screws and clamps are with the proper parts. 

Step 2: Construct Runners

Attach the wheeled runners to the braces for the drawers using the included screws, lock washers and nuts. 

Step 3: Assemble Uprights

Find all the upright parts. There should be shorter and longer ones, and crossbars to hold them together sturdily. The upright posts have holes along their length. Choose the height you wish your workbench to be and put the cross braces in place, hooking the studs into the holes and using a rubber mallet to gently tap the pieces together. Do this with all the uprights and cross braces until you have them each done. Determine where you will want the drawers and use the above assembled cross braces in that location.

Step 3: Put the Pieces Together

With all the uprights constructed connect all of them together. Using the same peg in hole method, tap each connecting brace to the uprights to hold the entire skeleton structure. Put the workbench in its permanent location. If you wish to have further stability, the workbench can be attached to the wall using large bolts or heavy duty anchor screws.

Step 4: Insert Workbench Shelves and Work Surface

With the help of your friend, pick up the large board for the working surface of the workbench and set it gently inside the frame, making sure that it fits square. The board will help ensure that your workbench is stable because of its single form design. 

Step 5: Install Light Kit and Pegboard

If your workbench came equipped with a light kit, install it by using the nuts and bolts to attach it to the top of your workbench. Run the electrical cord through the guide holes and behind the workbench. Attach the pegboard to the back of the workbench using bolts and nuts, as well as the precut holes in the assembly and peg boards.

Step 6: Assemble and Install Drawers

Using the drawer parts, attach the other runners to the side plates. Put the pegs into the holes and tap using the mallet, and then slide in the drawer bottom. The drawers should lock into place so that when they are pulled again they do not come all the way out. If you have shelves, insert them where you wish them to be in the same manner that you inserted the work surface board.

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