Maybe you are a bit of a handyman and what is a better place than your garage to have your fortress of solitude. Now your fortress of solitude must have a comfortable workbench so you do not have to bend over for your every other project and hurt your back. Here in this article, there are a few steps that guide you through the process of making a workbench.
But first here are a few things you need to consider very carefully.
- Measure your garage accurately.
- Buy the wood of strength, it must be solid and sturdy. You are making a workbench if it is not sturdy can not take a hit of the hammer there is no point calling it a workbench now, is there?
- You have to cut the wood according to your garage, here in the instructions we shall use a good ratio as an example.
- You need some tools in your shed for your making of the workbench, these tools will be mentioned throughout the instructions.
- Be careful with the tools, take necessary precautions so you do not hurt yourself, use a good electric point that is tight, remember to turn the switch off before plugging in any tool.
Steps to Make a Garage Workbench
1. Collect Necessary Tools
You do not necessarily need very expensive tools. You could use the following items
- Measuring Tape
- A saw
- A drill
- Some good old screws
- Meter Square
2. The Wood
Now the Mahogany is the cheapest wood in the market, according to your price range and the type of projects you aspire to build you could buy the pine or mahogany. It is a good decision to estimate a measurement and the wood from the market, that way you do not have to go through the hassle of cutting the wood and cleaning up. You still have to clean up a little bit but not as much.
3. The Frame and the Legs
For our specific frame and structure, the wood has been cut to a length of 1.4 meters with a thirty by ninety mil. In this step we have taken seven pieces of wood for the structure, you will need more if you want to selves.
The woods with 1.2 meters of length are laid out and we need to ark and square off two more pieces at 5.4 or 540 mils.
4. Cutting the Lengths
Few hand tools are used for a perfectly shaped and accurate cut. It is fine with whatever you have at your hand, as long as the lengths are perfect and the cute does not get crooked. If you cut especially with a saw, make sure to file down the rough edges with sandpaper. You need to smooth the ends to conjoint them later.
Do not simply jump to drilling the bits. You need to test fir them first, conjoint them together to see if your cut was straight and according to length and they fit in perfectly. According to our cut size, when these woods are added at the side these will match up the length of 600 mils.
The worm drive circular saw in action
5. Drilling the Bits Together
We use the corner clamp at this stage, to join the woods to make the perfect corner. Then after plugging in the drilling machine, we drill some pilot holes, not too deep or too wide, remember which size screws you bought. After drilling drive in two screws.
Repeat this procedure for each corner and make sure you are constructing a perfectly squared corner. In addition to screws and drilling, you could use some glue for long-lasting strengthened workbench.
6. The Legs of the Workbench
Analyze what height you need your workbench at and then subtract the frame’s thickness from that height and voila, there you get your precise leg length. In our particular bench, we cut it to 980 mm. The same thing with the filing down the edges, just smoothen the end surface do not file too much.
Put and adjust the legs below the frame and check to see if they square. Then drill some pilot holes and then just put and screw it in. If you are screwing in only two then screw them from the side as shown in the picture below:
7. Support Beams
After we have prepared our legs and frame, we turn it upside down to add some beams to support the weight that might be put over it. We measured 300 mm on each leg and marked it before cutting two pieces that were 600 mm long and then we drive the screws in
8. The Base Part
For the bench part you could buy some laminated pine, these are usually sixty centimeters wide. You may not need to resize it. But You may need to resize the top part according to the frame, we in our case made a 1.2-meter base frame, so in our particular bench, we cut it according to that.
We take the laminated sheet and place it on top of that frame, perfectly vertical and square it up over the top. Then we mark it carefully at our intended length, which in our case is 600mm and clamp it on the frame so that we can get a clean cut and resize.
Now a hand saw will work just fine but will however leave more of a rough edge. A circular saw will provide a neat cut. You could align a piece of wood as a fence up your mark to guide a smooth cut.
9. Drive Some Screw to Put the Top On
Make sure your cut was straight and check to see if the top lies perfectly over the frame after that. For to screw the top on a countersink is used and as the name suggests it helps to sync the screws well in so that they do not peak over the surface
First drill the pilot holes then screw the top down onto the frame.
10. Adding a rolling chest or a shelf
So far, the bench has been made sturdy enough to support your project and the extra addition of a shelf. The measure of a shelf would be slightly different than the one at the outside since it will be inside the frame. Keeping that in mind you can use an extra shelf or a rolling chest to store the tools for that matter.
The tools mentioned here are not at all expensive and nor are the woods when you compare to a bench at a market, this is a great way to make a garage workbench.