As a woodworker, you must need a workbench to work comfortably. Buying a workbench can be costly. That’s why, why not making it yourself? With only $200 you are already able to have your own workbench. However, you need some creativity and woodworking skill. But don’t worry! It is not difficult to build one. Here are the easy steps to make your own 2×4 workbench:
#Step 1 Glue the Legs and Slab
The slab may be the hardest part in this project. However, you can use some helpful tools such as pipe clamps and planer to cut the wood. Make sure the wood is not wet to ease the cutting and also make sure you don’t create a gap in the slab.
#2 Chop the Tenons and Mortises
Make your bench featured with beautiful tenons coming through the slab. To make a nice cut, well-defined mortise and chisel, use a router. A router can create a nicer result and mortise. Don’t try to cut them manually using your hand especially if your woodworking skill is not really good.
#3 Size the Slab by Trimming It
When do the cutting, make sure that your circular is big enough to cut the timber with such depth. If not, you will end up with a messy and bad angled edge. After the cutting, put some glue to the slab.
#4 Glue the Legs
Smother the joints with some glue. After that, whack the joints and try to close every existing gap by forcing in wedges. Make sure there is no tenon poking through so the final result of your workbench will be pretty.
#5 Flatten the Slab
Flatten the stab using router method. Lay the slab on the floor not on a table when you cut it. Placing it on the floor will help you reach across the slab more easily and build a better sled as well.
#6 Make Inlays in the Stab
If you happen to make an ugly job around the joints, you can solve that issue by making inlays in the pine. Use your router, some scrap wood, and glue to make and to attach the inlays.
#7 Install the End Cap
Cut the hardwood into the desired size, then glue and screw the cuts into the end of the grain. When the glue is already dry, remove the screws, then drill out some holes to insert a couple of hardwood dowels. Finish this step with a sanding to get smooth and nice look.
#8 Apply Some Finish
Give your workbench some finish by brushing it with Oil Finish from Minwax Antique. Be generous when giving the workbench the finish to get ecstatic result. After brushing the workbench, let it dry. Once it is dry, the workbench is ready to use!