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Searching for Workbench Designs

workbench designs

Are you planning to have your own workbench at home? Searching for simple and fast workbench designs online may actually save you more bucks compared to purchasing a bench from a store. Even without prior experience, you can build your own bench and not worry about lack of building skills.

It is quite simple to get workbench designs for those with zero experience in building. Instructions are literally published anywhere. You may also browse for videos on video sharing social sites such as YouTube or Facebook. Or, you may just browse through magazines and books for ideas.

These workbench designs are literally anywhere. In fact, I’ll give you one simple in depth guide on how to build a bench right now.

Workbench Designs:Materials

Each workbench designs have a list of items and materials that you have to efficiently build your desire workbench. Either way, here are some of the essentials that might not be listed in your plan:

• Circular saw
• Drill or Screws and screw driver
• Lumber (amount depends on what plan you followed)
• Corner square
• Hammer
• Measuring tape
• Pencil
• Belt sander
• Nuts, bolts, nails and wood glue
• Clamps
• Eye protection

While it is not necessary, it is advisable to obtain in high powered equipment and tools when studying workbench designs. This will make workbench designs quicker to follow for you.

Workbench Designs

This is one of the simplest workbench designs. You need various sizes of lumber. About 4 pieces of 4x4x35 inches wood for the legs. You’ll need another four pieces of 2x4x80 ½ inches for the lower and upper long rails. Another four 2x4x32 ½ inches are required for short rails; two pieces of 2 x 4 x 34 ½ inches for the middle stretcher; three pieces of ¾ inches plywood for the lower shelf and work surface; a sheet of ¼ inches MDF for a replaceable work surface; and 23 pieces of lag screws of about ¼ x 2 ½ inches.

Cut the wood according to respective sizes. If these measurements are a bit too large or not big enough for your workplace, you can resize them as according to your workplace’s measurements.

Drill the holes (of about ¼ inch) for the lag screws. The rails on top should be centered on the wooden legs. Also, the lower rails should be centered on the legs but on the bottom edge. You’re now ready to assemble your workbench.

Assemble your wood. In most workbench designs, you can start with the posts and then the long rails. Glue the lag screws with wood glue. Set aside till the glue dries. Merge the two sides with deck screws. Thus giving support to your bench.

Glue the plywood on the workbench surface. Use the wood glue and also screw in the plywood with 1 ¼ inch screws. The MDF will be used for the brunt of the workbench. Use deck screws to secure it. It is also ideal to have a lower shelf for storage. Use a ¾ sheet of plywood and use deck screws to secure it.

And that’s it! There are many workbench designs available on the web.

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