Garage Storage Workbench
Unfortunately, I am bound to one small place...actually 1/2 of our double car garage to do my woodworking. This has worked out for me well when I had very little tools and not so well as my supply has grown. Being that my husband is not moving his stuff from the other side of the garage anytime soon, it doesn't look like my space is getting any bigger. So, I have decided to try my best to maximize my space. I will try to address each step of the progress. And please forgive the colors. It was the only spray paint that I had immediately on hand. At first, I didn't think it would turn out too bad...but now I'm feeling it's way too gloomy. Look for changes in that department SOON! So, if you notice, the above workbench not only functions to hold tools, equipment, and as a workspace, but it also is a wood storage unit. Full sheets of plywood can be stored at the back, and 8' long boards can be stored on the shelves. This will help so much. Still a lot of work to do as you can see below, and that is after some cleaning!
I'm trying to create more table top space that also allows for storage of items underneath. This way I can maximize my workspace when working with large boards and plywood. Now, on to how I created this super sturdy workbench.
To begin, I prepared 3 of these frames with 2x4s. I cut each board to the length that is printed on each board and then attached with screws.
I lined all three of them up and cut a piece of 1/2 inch plywood to the dimensions of 11"x96". I then glued the boards together and added screws.
Next, you will want to attach 1/4" plywood 17 1/2"x96" to the front and then add trim boards on the top. I made the mistake of adding mine on the bottom as well at first, but you will need to add the other top to prevent gaps. Once I realized the error of my ways, I removed the board prior to the glue drying and was able to fix it:) Now, because there are only the three middle braces to secure the very thin plywood and trim board to, there may be a small gap between the two at first. This can be easily fixed by gluing and clamping as seen in the picture below.
I placed the top on the lower work surface by screwing down 1/2" plywood (20"x96"). If you also notice, I ran two strips of left over plywood on the bottom of both dividers. This helps hold the wood in place. I chose not to run plywood across the top two shelves because I plan on using those only for 8' long boards and utilizing the bottom for shorter pieces. As for the plywood storage, I wanted the ability to utilize either small or full size pieces.
Once the top was down, I added 1/4" plywood (34 1/4"x 96")to the front and then placed 1x4 trim boards on the top and bottom.
In an effort to keep the project as cheap as possible, I used some scrap Masonite board for the back. I'm sure you can see the patch job:) I did not need it to go up the entire back, so I was fine with just half way. Any farther also meant purchasing more boards, and that was not on the list.
And after a few cans of spray paint...the final product! Very functional!