How To Build A Work Bench

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Woodworking is serious business, and it’s no surprise that so many people are searching for a good workbench. Something to keep in mind however, is that you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on a professionally build workbench. If you really look at them, you’ll see that the materials involved are relatively simple, and the assembly is even easier if you put your mind to it!

The Size of your Workbench

How big should the bench be exactly? Obviously this will be entirely up to you, but you should take into account the size of your space, as well as the application for which you will be using the bench. In general, you want to make sure it can handle the weight of your tools. Ask yourself whether or not you will be able to set a drill press on the surface, and you will have your answer. Typically, you will want to make sure your work bench is 30” in height while being 20” in Width. This will help to ensure you have plenty of space along with the ability to work comfortably.

Building with Clamps

Because you are not building with an assembly line, you will need to make sure that your bench holds together until the final screw is placed.

Tips for Using Clamps

  • Make sure you use at least four clamps to hold your joints in place — when you drill your holes, they tend to move around.
  • Place clamps on all sections, ensuring the bench is fully formed.

Drilling and You

One of the biggest woodworking problems beginners run into when building their workbench is, of course, drilling the holes. Because a workbench is composed of several different frames, you will need to drill the corner of each one. When you line up the boards, you might actually find that the holes do not line up. To overcome this problem, you will want to use the clamp method to line up your table, and then drill through all boards at the same time.

Dowels vs. Screws

The most important thing you can do in building your table is to ensure that the joints are held together with dowels rather than screws or nails. To accomplish this you will want to use a drill of the appropriate size, and then you will insert an appropriately sized dowel rod into the hole to ensure the workbench is properly supported

  • Tip: Coat the dowel rod with hot glue before you insert it.

The Top

When choosing the top of your workbench, you will want to ensure that it is as sturdy as the rest of the materials you have chosen. If you wish, you could layer several sheets of plywood, but one of the most popular methods is to simply place a door atop the table. If you go the door route, it will be vital that it is not hollow, or made of a substandard material.

Creating a workbench doesn’t have to be difficult! Start collecting your materials, and use clamps to bring your idea to fruition.


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