12:19PM | 02/20/03
Member Since: 11/04/02
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I would like to build my own workbench. But since I am fairly new "to do it yourself" I don't have the faintest idea how to go about building one. Suggestions & ideas are greatly appreciated.

Mark Hammond

12:55PM | 02/20/03
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Depending on the weight of the projects you will be working on I would go for 4x4 legs with a 2" thick top covered with a sheet of 1/4" masonite so that when damaged by sawcuts etc. it can be removed. Use 2x6 in stock for aprons that will run under the top around the outside edges. When joining the apron and lower horizontal pieces, used for shelving, use half lap joints ...they are very strong in cases like this. You can detail it almost any way you want with storage drawers and shelves as well as cabinets on the wall behind it. There are many great books on bench construction on the market today. Try ***** for some of these books they have a good selection.....MJH


08:07AM | 02/21/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
If you live near a "home improvement center", they often have kits for workbenches. If you want to do it entirely on your own, you could still look at one that's setup in the store for guidance and ideas.
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