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nikeman 06-09-2012 02:54 PM

Building a workbench. Need plans
 
Want to build a workbench in my shed with the scrap wood I have laying around. I want a bench that looks good and is solid. My dimensions to make it fit nicely where I want it are as follows.

92.5" Long
35.5" tall (without plywood top)
28" deep

I want to be able to store bulky heavy stuff under this thing also. I have found some that I like online but I can't find the one I wanted to build a while back! Any tips for building a clean looking workbench? Anyone know of any good plans online?

GBrackins 06-09-2012 04:11 PM

check these out .... http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodwork...ts/work-bench/

of course I don't know what type of bench (wood working, metal working, etc.) you're looking for, or the typical of scrap you have. But there are some nice ones in there.

Good luck!

dpach 06-09-2012 08:22 PM

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Although I have no official plans since it was home built, here's the one I built for my garage. 2x4 framing put together with lag bolts, with 3/4 inch MDF shelft and a double 3/4 inch MDF (so 1 1/2 inch thick) top which is covered with tin.

It's now 6 years old and holding up like the day it was built.

nikeman 06-09-2012 08:30 PM

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Originally Posted by dpach
Although I have no official plans since it was home built, here's the one I built for my garage. 2x4 framing put together with lag bolts, with 3/4 inch MDF shelft and a double 3/4 inch MDF (so 1 1/2 inch thick) top which is covered with tin.

It's now 6 years old and holding up like the day it was built.

How deep is yours from front to back? Why did you use such a thick top? I'm just planning to use 1/2" presanded plywood and in the future if it gets all beat up I'll cover it with diamond plate or something.

ddawg16 06-10-2012 02:05 AM

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Originally Posted by nikeman (Post 940003)
How deep is yours from front to back? Why did you use such a thick top? I'm just planning to use 1/2" presanded plywood and in the future if it gets all beat up I'll cover it with diamond plate or something.

Don't even consider anything less than 3/4" for the top. 1/2" Is going to be too thin.

I used 3/4" Melamine to most of my work bench and cabinets. On the work bench, I have a sub-frame of 2x4's....the actual top is 2x6's on their side with 3/4" plywood on top of that....as soon as I finish up some other major projects (like my house), I am going to toss on a layer of 1/4" plate steel and then cover that with a sheet of 14g stainless steel.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e3...d/IMG00107.jpg

Not real obvious from this pic, but the bench does not touch the floor. It is all attached to the wall. This lets me wash the floor and not worry about getting them wet. It's basically a whole lot easier to clean.

dpach 06-10-2012 01:05 PM

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Originally Posted by nikeman (Post 940003)
How deep is yours from front to back? Why did you use such a thick top? I'm just planning to use 1/2" presanded plywood and in the future if it gets all beat up I'll cover it with diamond plate or something.


It's 28 inches deep which allows for things like bench top drill presses, etc to sit on it with room. I went 1 1/2 inches thick because there are times where I have heavy items such as snowmobile engines. I covered it with thicker galvanized tin so oil, etc could be wiped off and not soak in to the wood. Plus, its very smooth and easy to sweep up dust, dirt, etc.

I'm not sure I would use diamond plate since it has raised ridges which won't allow things to sit evenly or flush and you don't want bench top tools wobbling. Plus the raised diamond checkers would make brushing the dirt, dust, etc off it more difficult.

But to each their own.

nikeman 06-11-2012 01:09 PM

I'll do a limited amount of wood working on it. I want to put miter saw on it and a vice clamp. I don't do a lot of wood working but when something comes up I always wish I had a nice workbench with room to work. My shed is 12' from front to back and I'm planning to make it a little under 8' long to leave space for a large tool box one day. All the plans you guys linked me to weren't free but they look simple enough to build. Keep pictures coming to give me more ideas.

nikeman 06-17-2012 01:31 PM

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I'm in the process of building this work bench and I need a little help. What's the best way to attach this corner so I won't need a support beam back there?

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I have the one by holding it in place and the other side is attached to a 4x4 as the support beam on that front corner. Ideas? I tried screwing in at an angle but it's not working out for me.

EDIT: Would a corner brace on the inside and one on the underside be strong enough? The back 2x4 has 2 screws in each stud going across 92.5"s.

Under Side
http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pro...ccd288_145.jpg

Inside:
http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pro...8573fe_145.jpg

nikeman 06-17-2012 05:43 PM

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Never mind. All done

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Eds_tls 06-17-2012 09:16 PM

I would do some type of a ledger board to support the backside

Looks good

nikeman 06-18-2012 07:55 AM

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I would do some type of a ledger board to support the backside

Looks good

There is a 2x4 going across the back that the top plywood lays on. I put 2 3" screws in each stud along that back wall. Isn't that a ledger board? I also put 2 2x4s across the bottom of the tabletop, one on each side of the center support.

CrossWorks 06-20-2012 08:19 PM

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Originally Posted by nikeman (Post 945610)



Lol...Nikeman, would you actually post a level that reads off by a bit! Show off! :thumbup:

Nice job anyway. Now if I stood on there...that would be the true test!
6'-4" 268lbs! :whistling2:

nikeman 06-20-2012 08:29 PM

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Originally Posted by CrossWorks

Lol...Nikeman, would you actually post a level that reads off by a bit! Show off! :thumbup:

Nice job anyway. Now if I stood on there...that would be the true test!
6'-4" 268lbs! :whistling2:

It would hold you no problem.

pucks101 06-20-2012 09:12 PM

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Originally Posted by CrossWorks (Post 947984)
Lol...Nikeman, would you actually post a level that reads off by a bit! Show off! :thumbup:

Nice job anyway. Now if I stood on there...that would be the true test!
6'-4" 268lbs! :whistling2:

He did that on purpose so it would drain spills properly

nikeman 06-21-2012 07:16 PM

This may sound dumb but I got a vice clamp and I am not sure where on the table I'm supposed to mount it. I can't put it right on the corner since their is a 4x4 post there. Any suggestions?


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