Build Yourself an Ultimate Workbench with This Tutorial
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Looking for a new workbench for your workshop? Or just something mount your antique hand-cranked grinder too? Instead of buying one, why not make your own using bits of steel and wood?
Read on to find out how.
Like any other build of this kind, you are going to need some tools and supplies. For this build, you will also need some proficiency with wood, metalworking, and welding.
- Lengths of square steel (about 4 inches/10cm)
- Angle grinder
- Metal welding clamps
- L-shaped angle steel or ready-made steel brackets
- Wood sheets and planks
- Wood stain
- Telescopic draw slides
- Circular saw
- Angle grinder
- Wood coring drill bit
- Wood filler
- Wood glue
- Various nuts and bolts
- Welding gear and safety equipment
The first step is to take your steel tubing, measure and cut the lengths as required. Watch the video for more information on this step.
No measurements are provided, so you will need to experiment a bit.
Cut using an angle grinder, or similar tool. Remove any barbs from the cut ends using a filing attachment to your angle grinder.
With the lengths cut, weld together the legs and side stretcher pieces into the required size and shape. You will need two sets -- obviously.
Grind down an excess from the welds using your angle grinder once again. Unless, of course, you like the look of it.
Next, weld the leg sections together using the longer stretcher pieces. At all times, wear the appropriate safety gear and make use of clamps to hold the frame securely when welding.
You can also add reinforcement cross-members to the frame, as needed. These will also be used to demark where any doors will go on your workbench frame.
Next, grab your l-shaped angled steel length, mark out equally spaced lengths and drill holes through one face, as shown in the video. These will be used to create your own steel brackets.
Alternatively, you could use ready-made brackets.
Cut out each bracket using your angle grinder. Weld the brackets to the main table frame, as shown in the video.
Next, weld some smaller lengths of steel sheet to the frames too. These will be used to attach doors close plate later.
Next, it is time to make some doors for your workbench. Grab more of your l-shaped angled steel, measure to size, and cut out lengths to create door frames and draw faces to the sizes needed.
Weld the pieces together, and add hinges to the doors as needed. Grind down and polish welds, as needed.
Attach the doors to the mainframe as required using the steel hinges as well. Remove the doors, polish down any weld points, where needed, and spray paint undercoat and final coats to all pieces.
Next, grab your wood, and cut out sections to fit inside the steel frame of the bench and doors. Stain the wood as needed.
For this build, the workbench three main compartments each needed wooden partitions. Attach all pieces to the metal frame, as needed.
Do the same for each of the doors.
Take some more lengths of wood, and sheets of MDF, and create a series of boxes, as shown in the video. Stain or paint as required. These will be draws for the bench.
Once complete, attach your draw slides, as shown in the video. Line up and secure your workbench frame.
Attach face pieces that you made earlier, as shown in the video. Next, if desired, make some draw and door handles using lengths of steel rod and more DIY brackets.
Alternatively, you can simply buy and use some off-the-shelf alternatives. Attach to the doors and draws as shown or as desired.
Next, cut lengths of wood planks to the dimension of your table. These will be used to create the tabletop.
Drill a series of holes through them, glue, and connect the planks using steel bars, as shown in the video.
Level and sand down the surface of the tabletop as needed and cut off any excess pieces. Fill any joints between the planks and any holes in the wood grain.
You can also add wooden plugs to any screw holes present. Sand down and polish all surfaces of the wooden tabletop as needed.
Stain the wood as needed. Place the tabletop on your workbench and attach it to the metal frame as shown using the brackets you created and welded to the frame earlier.
With that, your DIY workbench is effectively complete. Now just place it where you need it, fill it with your stuff, and use it!