DIY Garage Workbench

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A workbench is a particular type of table designed to support a variety of tasks and projects. Workbenches are typically installed in garage work areas by carpenters, woodworkers and mechanics who desire a solid and sturdy platform on which to work. A workbench should be specifically designed to match your garage space and the type of work that you create, according to Lowes.com. Custom building a garage workbench enables you to create one that's the right depth, width, height and weight to help you work more efficiently.

Things You'll Need

  • Lumber
  • Saw
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Carriage bolts
  • Hammer
  • Nuts
  • Washers
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Plywood or medium-density fiberboard
  • Deck screws

Frame Assembly

  • Cut four 4-by-4 pieces of finished lumber and eight 2-by-6 pieces of finished lumber to size using a circular or miter saw. The 4-by-4s will be the legs of the workbench and the 2-by-6s will be used to construct four short cross rails and four long side rails. According to Lowes.com, most workbenches are between 28 to 38 inches high and 48 to 96 inches wide.

  • Lay two legs on a flat surface, then lay one cross rail across the top of the two legs---making sure it's flush with the top and edges of each leg. Using a tape measure, measure 6 inches from the first cross rail and lay a second cross rail across the top of the two legs---making sure it's flush with the edges of each leg.

  • Drill side-by-side holes through the cross rails and legs---making sure to position them an inch from the edges.

  • Insert carriage bolts into each hole and use a hammer to tap them into place. Slide a nut and washer on the end of each bolt and use an adjustable wrench to tighten.

  • Repeat steps 2 through 4 to construct the opposite side of the workbench.

  • Position both leg pairs on their side. Lay two side rails across the top of the leg pairs---making sure one overlaps the top cross rail and one overlaps the bottom cross rail. Correctly placed the lumber should form a rectangle.

  • Drill side-by-side holes through the side rails and legs, and the side rails and cross rails---making sure to position them an inch from the edges.

  • Insert carriage bolts into each hole and use a hammer to tap them into place. Slide a nut and washer on the end of each bolt and use an adjustable wrench to tighten.

  • Flip the workbench assembly over and repeat steps 6 through 8 to construct the opposite side of the workbench. Stand the assembly up when completed.

Top and Shelf Assembly

  • Cut a 1-inch sheet of plywood or a 3/4-inch of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) to size using a circular or miter saw to construct the top of the bench. Lay it across the frame.

  • Drill deck screws through the top of the plywood (or MDF) into the workbench frame. HammerZone.com suggests spacing each screw about 8 inches apart.

  • Cut a second piece of plywood or MDF to size using a circular or miter saw to construct the shelf of the workbench. Lay it across the bottom portion of the workbench frame and repeat step 2 to attach it to the frame.

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