This particular workbench was inspired by Part 2 of the Series - Custom Shelves. I thought the shelves turned out really sturdy and fairly attractive for what they were. So I decided to scale down the project into a workbench format. That way my workbench would match the shelving and it would be just as reliable and sturdy.
I started by determining my dimensions. I decided to make the height 36 inches. This might be a little higher than some workbenches, but I knew I wanted enough room for a big shelf underneath it. My plan is to put a peg board right over the bench to hang the tools I use the most. Since the dimensions of my peg board are 48" X 48", I determined that the length of my workbench should be the same. I determined the depth by cutting that number in half. I wanted to be able to reach easily over the bench to retrieve my tools from the peg board. As for the shelf, I basically eyeballed a height that I thought was appropriate. The bottom of the bench ended up measuring 12 inches from the ground.
(1) Sheet of Plywood
(52) #8 x 2 1/2 Wood Screws
(4) 2x4 @ 48" - Cut from 2x4x8s
(4) 2x4 @ 36" - Cut from 2x4x12s
(6) 2x4 @ 21" - Cut from 2x4x12s
(2) 24" x 48" Pieces of Plywood - Cut from sheet of plywood
Stay tuned for more steps in the Garage Makeover Series. Coming soon!