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Workbench Designs for You

workbench designs

Want to have a workbench at the comfort of your home? Searching for quick and easy workbench designs online could 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 very easy to acquire workbench designs for all those with zero knowledge in building. You can find instructions and guides anywhere online. You may also browse for videos on video sharing social sites such as YouTube or Facebook. Or, you may just look through magazines and books for ideas.

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

Workbench Designs:Materials

Just about every workbench designs have a list of items and materials that you need to effectively 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 nesessary, it is better to invest in high powered equipment while studying workbench designs. This would make workbench designs quicker to follow for you.

How to Do Workbench Designs

This is one of the simplest workbench designs. You need several 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 needed 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 based on respective sizes. If these measurements are a bit too big or too small 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 should begin 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. This provides 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 excellent 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 other workbench designs available on the web.

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