I centered mine lengthwise and one board in from edge. The masonite is attached with dabs of contractors cement. Great job!!! [1] X Research source You can use thick, wooden, butcher-block-style Workbench tops (which are quite pricey), thin, hard, wooden sheets for industrial bench tops (which are more affordable), or a few pieces of plywood stacked on top of each other. Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Align the edges and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the supports into place. I think these inlays make my workbench. Luckily it didn’t come to that, but I would certainly beef up the sled if I was to do it over. I packed those lengths up a little with mdf offcuts, that meant that these outside runners were around 10mm taller than the slab. Updated after putting a few coats of poly on the top to protect it. It came out smoother than I expected and a bit of light sanding brought both ends up to an acceptable standard. You came up with some pretty cleaver solutions for some complicated issues. I'm Mario, from thewoodfather.com. Breaking down the job, I figured that it was just a sled running across a couple of parallel surfaces. Also, since your top would be pretty large to accommodate all of your tools, I would look into a torsion bench top to save on some wait, cut down on planing and have a perfectly flat surface all at the same time. I've banged on it for 8 years and it's never come loose. Looking around, I came to realise that my outdoor picnic table was large and flat. Then I ran threaded rod through each hole as I glued. You can make a few adjustments to my plans so the workbench suits your needs. Worked out in the end though! I have had a new table top in mind for a long, long time and you just gave me the renewed ambition and tons of knowledge and confidence to get this thing up and running as we speak. 5' for my case. In fact the main reason I kept putting this build off is because I don’t have the generally required tools; a planer and pipe clamps. Don't get me wrong. It has a channel down the centre so that the bit can pass through and trim the very top off of my slab. I have designed this super simple workbench so you can build one using just 2x4s and 3/4″ plywood. There are always improvements to be made but they will come in time. we've all been there but you have the wherewithal to put it online. This would result in a much nicer and more repeatable mortise. You could also do shellac, but it's a workbench. I don't like spending money! Hand chopping was a poor idea for someone of my skill level. It ended up looking fantastic to my eye, so I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I placed my openings 2boards in from each side ( 3") and six inches in from ends. I would use more than 3 screws per length for a start, though 5 would certainly be enough. Habitat for Humanity Restore...stores often have solid wood doors. The best workbench height is 33"-36" high, based on a 5'9"-6'0" height of the woodworker. There is a lot of debate about what kind of finish to use on a workbench top. For the high section though it did have to cut through over 6mm at times. Cut the components from 2x4s at the dimensions shown in the diagram. My one worked, but I really dropped the ball here and didn’t make it strong enough. Next, attach the legs to the top frame. I had to lol when you said you plained the top with a 1/2" bit. And once this oil was applied what did I end up with? Could not have been fun. A great job, keep it up! This was the job I was simultaneously excited about and also dreading! Build different bases on wheels for each tool such that the working surface of the tool is the same height as the bench. Great job! To finish it off, I grabbed my little hand plane and belt sander, and worked my way over the top, making it as smooth as i thought it should be. You have my vote! Now, cut top to final length. I ripped down 2x12's as they are much easier to source than yellow pine 2x4's. This step by step woodworking project is about wooden simple workbench made from 2x4s plans. The blade would be forced to the side in some cases, resulting in a not exact 90 degree face. 2 years ago So instead of leaving them to be seen, I grabbed the router and some more scrap wood. He showed me how to only have the teeth just barely showing enough to cut the wood so if I slipped, it would not cut off my entire finger. I say this because it looks very much like the bench I made just over a year ago.I built my workbench out of Southern Yellow Pine and Mahogany for the inlays and endcaps. A few words of encouragement. I knew the hardest part of the build would be the slab. You did a fine job. Beautiful bench. It sounds very simple and I could imagine the glue up going very smoothy. Use glue and 2 1/2″ screws/nails to secure the trims to the main legs. For me, my mind pictures a light orange tinge on a workbench with dark contrasting sections. $50-$70 for 30 minutes work seems a bit excessive for me. Looks awesome. Am thinking to have a go at this project. I bought this at the now defunct Masters hardware stores chain; it was near the end of days at the stores and there wasn’t much left on the shelves. You're right, 2x4s are great way to have a solid bench at a reasonable price. It is a thing of beauty and quite inspirational. I'll definitely be using 2x4's for my project but I'm wondering how I can make this a "central hub", so to say where I am able to incorporate my table saw, router table base and my thickness planner all on my work bench with out neither one interfering with the other or vise versa. on Step 10. Share it with us! Great instructable great and honest videos! Well, you gotta hide your mistakes somehow don’t you? A Solid and Cheap 2x4 Workbench: Ok, lets get this straight off the bat, I am cheap! Once it was dried, I built a router sled (you can Google this) and ran a half-inch straight bit over the whole 2' x 7' top. Second Prize in the Woodworking Contest 2017, Runner Up in the Build a Tool Contest 2017. I would absolutely use the same method again, it worked a treat. Finally a nice sanding to make sure everything was nice and smooth. You will cut to final length at a later step.Step 3: Preparing top for catch all "cubby hole" (optional)If you have to have a "cubby hole" you need to dadoe out 6-10" of material anywhere from 1-2" deep. This project requires minimal tools, however, as it comes with woodworking, there are some that could greatly decrease your time spent and aid in safety/execution.Tools Needed:Measuring tapePencilSpeed squareClamps (more the better)Circular sawTable sawDrillHammerWrenchesHand planeBelt/disk sanderTools that would greatly assist with build:Dado blade set JointerThickness planer. Step 1:Determine overall dimensions needed.Since we are extending our base legs through the table top, your measurements must be exact!For instance, my top is 24" wide. We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. 4 years ago. See all my workbench project here! I could have used the tablesaw or even a circular saw to simply cut out dadoes, and then clamp them up and move on. This is a great read. I used 4x4 mortise and tenon trestle legs for added stability and weight. Add hooks and other accessories to the workbench to make the most of it. I would have taken the top to a commercial wood shop and have them run it through a Timesaver. I would honor those by releasing their names, however I can not remember which ones I used it from.Furthermore, I want to thank the individuals who made it to the end of this article. very nice! It is just a flat bridge which can traverse the span between the two runners without losing its shape due to the weight of the router. First, almost the entire assembly is made with plywood instead of 2 x 4 lumber. Btw the next time you need to rotate or lift something that heavy, get help. Your oops & ah's & oh well's & if I could do it again's made this instructable so helpful to an average putzer like me. By clamping to the heavy bench, you don't need the fancy wheels with brakes. If you like the easy to follow design, this project shouldn’t take more than one weekend to make. SUBSCRIBE to be the first that gets our latest projects. Of course there are many ways to skin a cat, and once I thought up this method I managed to convince myself that it would be successful. I placed the slab directly on the table on an angle so it would have as much support as possible, and then placed two long and straight lengths of pine along each side. Thanks again, and good luck with your future builds! And this was a wonderful read. Honestly, and you can see in the video, this was a basic glue up. Check this out for assembling your work surface. I figured I could cut it once on each side and have the cuts meet up in the middle, but I was pretty certain that one of the cuts would be off slightly which would give me a messy and angled edge to clean up.