What’s the ultimate workbench? Usually, workbenches passed the standard as long as they are sturdy. However, that doesn’t mean it will be the best for you – the space you have in your workshop, the portability, and how easy it is to reach the tools from the bench should be counted to consider the penultimate workbench for our needs.
So, do you need a versatile workbench design that is sturdy, easily portable, and doesn’t take a lot of space without cutting the necessary worktop? Then, you can get the ultimate workbench by following the instruction below! Don’t get fooled by its plain-top-and-shelf design – since it is simple, it’s easy to add additional storage to fit your needs!
Materials and Tools:
- 2 of 2x6x8 feet boards
- 2 of 4×8 feet x ¾ inches MDF
- 4 of 2x4x8 feet boards
- 16 of ¼ inch lag screws (1 ½ inch in length)
- 16 of ¼ inch lock washers (to attach casters)
- 1 ½ inch 18G brad nails (as much as needed)
- 2 ½ inches wood screws (as much as needed)
- 2 ½ inches pocket hole screws (as much as needed)
- Wood filler
- Wood glue
- 4 to 5 inches casters
- Cordless drill
- Miter saw
- Cut the boards following the plan. Here’s the cutting list:
- Top frame: two of 2x4x72-inches, three of 2x4x33-inches
- Bottom frame: two of 2x4x66-inches, three of 2x4x27-inches
- Legs: four of 2x4x25 ¾ -inches, four of 2x6x25 ¾ -inches, four of 2x6x5-inches (caster attachment)
- Top: a 72×36 inches MDF piece
- Bottom shelf: a 66×30-inches MDF piece
- Assemble the top and bottom frame pieces with glue and pocket hole screws as shown below. Then, drill three pocket holes (with equal distance in between) on the 2×4 leg pieces. Screw these pieces to the long 2×6 leg pieces horizontally to make Ls. Attach these Ls to the inner (of the bigger frame) and outer (of the smaller frame) corners with glue and screws.
- Outline the screw holes of the caster attachment pieces. Then, flip the assembled frame, glue the caster attachment to the corners of the leg, and drill following the outline. Then, screw the caster on top of the caster attachment.
- (optional) If you have extra boards, make side shelves according to your needs. For example, a middle hanging shelf is versatile for small tools that need to be reached out often. Double-decker shelves are also amazing for those who want to make their workbench a toolbox as well.
- Flip the frame again. Then, install the bottom shelf first by attaching it using brad nails all around the bottom frame. Do the same with the top. If there are any spots, cover with wood filler then sand lightly. Apply the sealer all around the workbench four times and we are done!
Need to get some work done? Pull the bench out and dabble it. If not, push it to a side and lock the casters to place. Don’t have a room for your power tools? Put what you can on the shelf and arrange as you see fit!