How to Make a Woodworking Bench

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A workbench is an important and necessary tool for any home carpentry area. It is the spot where you will fashion, fix and fasten projects together for yourself, friends and family. Constructing a simple, yet sturdy workbench is a great way to prepare yourself for a lifetime of creative woodworking projects. When you're finished, you can enjoy the satisfaction of working on something you built with your own hands. All you'll need to get started are a few basic tools, wood, screws and glue.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 two-by-four lumber pieces measuring 26 3/4-inches long
  • 4 two-by-four lumber pieces measuring 18 inches long
  • 2 two-by-six lumber pieces measuring 48 inches long
  • 12 one-by-two lumber pieces measuring 54 inches long
  • 3/8-inch threaded rod
  • 3/8 by 4-inch lag screws
  • 3/8 by 6 1/2-inch lag screws
  • 3/8 by 4 1/2-inch lag screws
  • 3/8-inch washers
  • 4 nuts
  • Circular saw
  • Handsaw
  • Drill
  • Tape measure
  • 9/16-inch wrench
  • 1-inch spade
  • Select construction grade or better pieces of pressure-treated lumber for your workbench. Cut the lumber with a circular saw so you have four two-by-fours measuring 26 3/4-inches long, four two-by-fours measuring 18-inches long, two two-by-sixes measuring 48-inches long and 12 one-by-twos measuring 54-inches long.

  • Construct the frame for your workbench. Attach two two-by-fours measuring 26 3/4 inches to the narrow edge of an 18-inch two-by-four with the 4-inch lag screws. Create pilot holes for the lags before screwing them in by cutting 3/8-inch dowels into the wood beams with a 1-inch spade and handsaw at the spots they intersect. Flip the resulting unit over so the unattached ends of the 26 3/4-inch two-by-fours are facing up. Screw another 18-inch two-by-four into the free ends, forming the left side of the workbench frame. Repeat this step to form the right side of the frame.

  • Screw a two-by-six to the center of each two-by-four on the left side of the frame. Connect the left side of the workbench frame to the right side by screwing the two-by-six into the center of the right-side two-by-fours with the 4 1/2-inch lag screws.

  • Create the top of your bench by laying flat 12 one-by-two pieces of lumber next to each other on top of your frame. Bore 3/8-inch holes into all of the one-by-twos 2 inches in from the left and right ends of each piece with a spade and handsaw. Insert threaded rods through the holes on each end and secure together with a washer and nut. Tighten the nut against the wood with a wrench.

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