Building Your Own Workbench

Jamie Cunningham

I am a software developer that dabbles in the workshop. I have built my own CNC machine and 3D printers and get interested in anything involving electronics, metalworking, woodworking, and computers.

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By Jamie Cunningham

I am a software developer that dabbles in the workshop. I have built my own CNC machine and 3D printers and get interested in anything involving electronics, metalworking, woodworking, and computers.

401 Articles

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After 11 hours of work (including the trip to Home Depot to buy the lumber), this is what I've upgraded to. No more using the kids' toys in the garage as temporary sawhorses! I can use the table saw, planer, and router in place, and I'll be mounting a drill press on top too. The jointer will be stored underneath, since I don't use it that often and it's not that heavy.

After 11 hours of work (including the trip to Home Depot to buy the lumber), this is what I’ve upgraded to. No more using the kids’ toys in the garage as temporary sawhorses! I can use the table saw, planer, and router in place, and I’ll be mounting a drill press on top too. The jointer will be stored underneath, since I don’t use it that often and it’s not that heavy.

Building a nice workbench is a very important task. Many people have come up with many approaches. DiResta showed us earlier this week how a simple design with solid welded frame could both look nice and possibly last forever. What if you aren’t set up to weld though?

Chris Finke built this workbench to be assembled using fairly basic tools. It is all wood and both elegant and simple. The recessed sections at the end for his router and table saw take this from just another ordinary simple table to a desirable work surface. Costing under $200, this simple design is worth checking out. Chris says you can find the plans he based his off of at backyardworkshop for free.

The one from Backyard Workshop were built by Jamie Cunningham. He was nice enough to share a sketchup file with us. He states that the plans aren’t extremely detailed (there is no cut list or dimensions), but you should be able to get it done from there.

The images and captions below are from Chris Finke, sharing his experience of building it.