Make Podcast: Weekend Projects – Make a Workbench

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Every week, I’ll be bringing you a project that you can make over the weekend. For this first podcast, you can learn how to make a workbench for your garage, studio, or get your priorities straight and put it in your livingroom!

Supply list:

1 sheet of 1/2″ plywood, standard 4’x8′.

6 2x4s 8′ long

40 2 1/2″ screws

40 1″ screws

The size of things:

Cut the plywood lengthwise into three pieces of 30″, 12″, and 6″, all 8′ long..

Leave 2 of the 2x4s 8′.

Cut 2 of the 2x4s to be 4 pieces that are 40″-ish long. If you are taller make them longer. If you are shorter, make them shorter so that the workbench fits you perfectly!

Cut 1 of the 2x4s into 4 sections of 2′ each.

With the last 2×4, cut 9″ off the end so it will fit as a cross brace across the bottom.

Tools needed:



Right-angle ruler thing

Tape measure

Instructions: Put it all together! First cut all the lumber to length as suggested above. Then, I recommend starting upside-down by putting the top face-down and then build the frame that supports the top using the two 8′ 2x4s and two 2′ 2x4s. Then screw them together at the corners. Add the legs and the 2′ support bracing. With the legs screwed on, you can turn it over and add the lower shelf and vertical back edge which adds stability. You’re all done! If you are feeling fancy, take it outside and put a protective coating on it to make it shine!

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You can download Sketchup and go look at the desk in the google Sketchup warehouse or just download the Sketchup file to your computer here. Feel free to leave a comment or drop me a line with your comments, suggestions, feedback and ideas for future weekend projects.

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