How To Build a Workbench | The Home Depot



[MUSIC PLAYING] A workbench will help you keep
your tools and materials organized. It will also provide a good
work area for your projects. There are easy-to-assemble
workbenches available, and units that don't require any assembly at all. If you choose to build your own, here
are detailed DIY workbench plans, using lumber and the Simpson
Workbench Hardware Kit. Start by pre-cutting
all the lumber needed for the rails, posts, and shelves. We'll provide the exact cut list, as
well as a tools and materials list, at the end of the video. Begin by placing the two shorter
front posts and the two longer back posts side by side. Line up the bottom of the
posts and mark each one up six inches from the bottom edge. This line will mark the placement
of the bottom connectors. Measure up 34 and 3/8 inches
from the bottom on each post, and mark a line for
the upper connectors.

Set one front and rear post aside, and
attach the bottom and top connectors to the remaining set of posts. Position the connector
on the marked line. Clamp it in place, and then drive
screws through the connector holes to fasten the connector. Join the front and rear posts
by fastening two of the end rails to the connectors
with 1 and 1/4 inch screws. Attach the connectors to the
other set of front and back posts.

And again, join the posts by
attaching the last two end rails. Next, attach the two frames to each
other, using the 45 inch rails. Now, stand the bench
up and set it aside. Before installing the
plywood shelves, they will need to be notched
to fit into place. Clamp the two pre-cut
plywood sheets together. Measure in 3 and 1/2
inches from the back edge and 1 and 1/2 inches from the sides. Using a scrap piece of 2 by 4 is
handy as a guide for these notches. Cutting these two rear notches out
with the boards clamped together will help speed up the job. Unclamp the boards and
set one sheet aside. This will serve as the top shelf. Mark two more notches on the
front edge of the second sheet. This will be the bottom shelf. And the additional
notches will be needed to fit around the bench's front legs. Place the bottom shelf into
position, and attach it to the frame with 1 and
1/4 inch wood screws. Drive in enough screws to
secure it to the frame. Here, we are using four
along the longer edges and three along the shorter edges.

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Align the top self flush with the edges
of the frame and drive wood screws into it. Take the last rail you cut and place
it on the top of the back frame. Align it flush with the edges, and
drive in 2 and 1/2 inch wood screws. To complete the project,
align the pre-cut pegboard onto the back of the rear frame and
check that all the edges are flush. Clamp it into position, and attach it
using the 1 and 1/4 inch wood screws. You can stop here, or if you
prefer a more mobile workbench, casters can be added to each leg. Be sure to install lockable casters
so the bench won't move around while you're working. Here we are installing
plate casters, which simply attach to the legs with screws. Mark the plate holes
and drill pilot holes so the screws don't split
the wood when driven in.

Be sure to install casters
that are rated for the weight you anticipate placing on the workbench. For example, casters rated 475 pounds
each will together support 300 lbs. Know that adding casters will increase
the overall height of the Workbench. So depending on your
height, adjustments may need to be made when measuring
for the legs and the placement of the top and bottom shelves. This sturdy Workbench will allow you
to store your tools and equipment in one place, and provide an ample
work area for your future projects. Here are all the materials you'll
need to build your DIY Workbench. Here is a cut list for the lumber
needed to complete this project. [MUSIC PLAYING] And lastly, you'll need the
following tools for the job. For detailed information about
this and many other projects, check out the DIY projects
and ideas section of Home.

Or talk to one of our store associates. Good luck, and thanks for
shopping at The Home Depot.

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