I have built workbenches and shelf units using 2x4's or 4x4's for the legs, and using 2x4's, 2x6's or 5/4x6 deck boards ripped in half (cut lengthwise) on a table saw for the "stretchers". I would never use 2x2's for legs or horizontal supports... they aren't very strong and they aren't wide enough to form a solid connection.
Cordless tools aren't necessary to build the workbench, but if you have access to them, they make life a lot easier. Add Tip Ask Question Comment Download Step 2: Build the Frame.
If space permits, I suggest making it 6 or 8 feet long, just for the convenience of using standard-sized lumber. The depth is that of five 2x6s and is adequate for most gearhead jobs. If you work on a lot of bulky parts, you might want to add another 2x6 or two and make it 33 or 38 1/2 inches deep.
Making the top begins at the lumberyard. We purchased two LVL joists. These are like massive sheets of plywood. Each measures 13?4 inches x 91?2 inches wide by 16 feet long. To make them more manageable we had the lumberyard crosscut them into two 62-inch lengths. The remaining offcut was 68 inches long.
stretcher (or two) at the top of the base of the workbench. Something like this would provide further support to the top of the workbench, as well as increasing the rigidity of the base.
I show you how I made a quick & easy sitting bench using some 2x6's a friend gave me. It is a fun weekend project. If you liked the project please share the video!
If you work on a lot of bulky parts, you might want to add another 2x6 or two and make it 33 or 38 1/2 inches deep. You can also add one more 2x6 and turn the back one up on end, which gives you a little backstop on the bench.
This workbench was built for my dad, he just retired and moved to the county and needed a good workbench for his new garage. He told me what he wanted and this is what we came up with. : ) Needless to say, it was a cool change in pace having my dad to hang out with while working.
Clamp together the stretchers and legs, then predrill and bolt the base together. Keep the width of the legs from outer edge to outer edge at exactly 16-1/2 in. Use this base as a large sawhorse to assemble the top of this 2×4 workbench.
(Optional) Attach plywood to the lower frame to make a storage shelf. Use 1 1/4 inch #6 drywall screws or brad nails to attach the plywood. (Optional) A power strip can be attached to the frame of the workbench to allow for easily plugging in power tools.
The changes I would make, should I choose to make one, would be to drop two of the vices and just have one leg vice. I would drop the dogs as well and just have a chunky planing stop with holdfast holes (and a better holdfasts).
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(In this example, we are using a 16-foot / 4.8-meter piece.) Use a spirit level to make sure that this is attached horizontally. Depending on the steel shelf brackets you have (and how far the hole is from the bend in the bracket), you may need a 2x6 (38×140 mm) instead.