You are just starting up your workshop. Congrats! Finally, you can explore the world of woodworking and create many pieces that will get an appreciation for your skills. This amazing journey should start with a plan and enough braveness.
At its core, the most basic element you now need in your workshop is a workbench.
The following DIY project on how to build yourself a workbench just requires some simple tools. It’s super straightforward to use, easily storable along the garage wall, and most importantly, very affordable.
You should follow these steps in order to make your workbench.
There are a few points that would play a main role in the whole DIY process. Make sure to keep them in mind:
Find out any problem that might appear due to the workbench fitting along your garage wall in advance. For example, if you have a door beside the space where you plan to put workbench, it’s going to scrape when using your car.
Make sure the wall is not next to garage door. Find out similar potential issues beforehand and make solutions for the problem now instead of later.
Many beginners prefer affordable materials to create basic stuff like a tabletop, and so we're using your everyday plywood for our garage table.
This way you’ll be able to create a structure with two similar width boards overlapping together. It’s going to join with a tight connection. So that there is no movement or bump when you use the workbench.
One important point to consider is that you should not use 2x2s for making legs and support for the workbench. Some people who ended up doing so later complained the workbench was less solid and wide. This is one of the prime reasons to choose 2x4s in this project.
You can always add and customize a DIY according to your needs. You may want some extra storage facilities. Adding a few good-looking drawers is an option.
Here are a few additional considerations to take into account as you build your homemade garage DIY table:
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Do use some paints and coatings to make it safe from humid and rough conditions. Make it durable with affordable choices
Don’t waste your money for too expensive coats for a glossy finish. This is a DIY version; it won’t last forever
Do make the height of table in such a way that it reaches top of hand knuckles when you are hanging your arms.
Don’t go for any height that feels right to you. You’ll feel uncomfortable while using and bending over it.
Do make it yourself with proper research and a pre-made design plan on how you want your workbench to look.
Don’t make it alone if you are clueless about woodworking and get someone experienced beside to make sure everything’s going smooth and safe.
Do use casters to make your workbench easily moveable and set instantly.
Don’t go for cheap wheels.
Do add some drawers and shelves to make it multipurpose and flexible for regular use.
Don’t exaggerate the design with unnecessary additions and add extra weight that makes this basic tool hard to manage.
There are many ideas online for a DIY workbench. Choose the best plan for you. Just make sure you start the process after understanding each step completely.
A workbench is like the heart of a workshop. It stays with you, witnesses your creations, and supports with rigidity.
One final thing to think about is getting a professional or store version of workbench once you think your beginner phase is over. For high requirement projects and a more defined working result, there’s no match to the steadiness, stability, and durability of a professional tool.
Till then, enjoy the DIY workbench and make lovely projects to raise high. Good Luck!