Having small workshops or garages should not be a reason to make your own workbench. Although it is difficult to build the workbench due to the limited room and space for maneuvering, there is always a solution for that which is mobile workbench. A narrow space will no longer be a problem now. Make your own by following the steps below:
#1 Build the Frame
The frame needs to be solid as it is going to be the mobile workbench skeleton. Make sure that all boards you are using and you are cutting for the frame are at the same length. Use a miter saw to do the cutting.
#2 Cut the Bottom and Sides Panels
For the body of the mobile workbench, you can use any type of mats. Meanwhile, for the interior bottom shelf, sides panels, and table top, you can use plywood, MDF, and particle board. When you are doing the cutting, make sure you cut them precisely. Otherwise, you will create gaps between the sides of the frame and the panels. After the cutting, notch the corners out.
#3 Construct the Workbench Top by Drilling the Mounting Holes and Attaching Hardware
Drill some holes in the hardboard top panels and MDF. Then, attach nuts and washers on the table top’s underside. For the drilling, don’t forget to make a mark of drilling exact point in advance. After the drilling and attachment, test your bolts whether they can smoothly slide through the holes.
#4 Construct and Install the Drawers
Install the drawers using two side panels. First, cut all the necessary cuts for the fronts, backs, sides, and bottom of the drawer. Then, assemble them to ensure they fit and they align along the bottom edges. Screw the panels of the drawers using wood screws.
#5 Build the Interior Shelves and the Doors
Construct the interior hanging shelves before constructing the doors. Use plywood to make the hanging shelves and the doors. When installing the hinges, don’t forget to leave some small slot along the door’s outside edge to let accommodate the pin of the hinge. Next, you can install the door. Next, you can attach your doors using angle brackets. After that, sand off each door.
#6 Build the Extendable Side Shelf
Add more surface area to your bench by installing this side shelf. To build it, first, create the outer edge from studs. Then, attach them to the frame and continue by cutting the pieces for the frame of the shelf. To hold the shelf frame in place, use lynch pins on every side. To line the boards of the frame, use T square. Lastly, lay the top part of the shelf down and line the hinges up to make it completely sit at the same level with the shelf frame top.
#7 Install the Table Top and Casters
Before the installment, sand your workbench off to get rid of any splinters. After that, flip the bench frame to make it upside down and install the casters using mounting screws. Then, put the table top in the correct position and screw it in.
#8 Final Touch
Attach the pegboard wall to the workbench side opposite the extendable shelf and screw it in. Then, mount extension cord up and screw some Velcro. Finally, give the workbench doors some Danish Oil-stained doors in dark walnut shade and the frame natural pine look. You are done now!