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How to make your own Portable Workbench for the garage

How to make your own Portable Workbench for the garage

A good solid workbench is a great place to start any D.I.Y. project. This guide shows you how to build your own portable workbench that’s strong and has plenty of storage space.

What You Need:

Tools

  • Circular saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bits
  • Jigsaw
  • Measuring tape
  • Sawhorses
  • Set square
  • Pencil

Materials

  • 2400mm x 1200mm x 17mm structural plywood
  • 2400 x 1200 x 25mm plywood
  • 70mm x 45mm x 3.6m treated pine x 2
  • 70mm x 45mm x 2.4m treated pine x 6
  • Caster wheels x 4
  • 8g 31mm screws
  • Heavy duty liquid nails
  • 76mm screws x 4

Step 1. Cut the timber

step 1 - cut the timber

You can make this project easier and get all of the timber pre-cut at your local hardware store. Here’s our cut list:

 Cut the 70mm x 45mm treated pine to the following lengths:

  • 600mm x 8 (side supports)
  • 510mm x 8 (ends and table support)
  • 1800mm x 4 (front and back of the table)
  • 780mm x 4 (left and right legs)

 Cut the 17mm plywood to:

  • 600mm x 1700mm x 1
  • 600mm x 600mm x 2

 Cut the 30mm plywood to:

  • 2250mm x 1080mm x 1

Step 2. Measure and attach the cross braces and ends

Lay the two pieces of timber on the floor for the frame of the top of your workbench. Use a pencil and square to mark on both pieces where you will attach the cross braces. Make sure the marks for the braces are evenly spaced.

Next, pre-drill the holes for the cross brace, this will stop the timber from splitting. Line up the timber for the cross braces and ends where they will be attached to the frames. Use the cordless drill and outdoor screws to put the frame together. Repeat this process to build the bottom frame.

Step 3. Make the ends sit flush on your workbench legs

There’s a simple way to make sure the plywood at the end of your workbench is flush. Before you build the legs use the combination square to measure the thickness of the plywood that will go on the ends. Mark this distance on the edge of both pieces of timber. Use the cordless drill to fix the cross braces for your legs on this line. Repeat this process for the other end of the workbench.

Step 3. Make the ends sit flush on your workbench legs

There’s a simple way to make sure the plywood at the end of your workbench is flush. Before you build the legs use the combination square to measure the thickness of the plywood that will go on the ends. Mark this distance on the edge of both pieces of timber. Use the cordless drill to fix the cross braces for your legs on this line. Repeat this process for the other end of the workbench.

Step 5. Attach the wheels

Attaching wheels means you can take your workbench wherever you want. Use the cordless drill and screws to attach the wheels to each corner of your workbench. You might want to consider using lockable wheels so the bench doesn’t move when you’re using it.

Step 6. Attach the bottom shelf

A shelf is a handy place to store your tools and equipment. To attach it, turn the workbench over so that it’s on its wheels. Place the plywood shelf onto the bottom frame, you may need someone to help you with this. Use the cordless drill to secure it to the frame.

Step 7. Attach the ends to your workbench

Adding timber ends to your workbench will give it a really professional look. To attach them, put them into the recesses at the end of the bench and use the cordless drill and screws to secure them in each corner.

Step 8. Attach the top of your workbench

step 8 - how to make a portable workbench

Have someone help you to lift the plywood top onto your workbench. Line it up so that it’s square and has an even overhang on all sides. Use the cordless drill and screws to secure the top to the frame. Now you’ve finished your workbench, you can now decide whether you want to paint or stain it.

 

Courtesy of Bunnings DIY

  • Posted byvicuser
  • March 2, 2020
Posted in Blog