How to Build Your Own Heavy Duty Work Bench

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How to Build Your Own Heavy Duty Work Bench
Build your own work bench with a few pieces of lumber and tools. (Screws on work table image by millis from

A clean, sturdy work bench is a necessity for any do-it-yourselfer. An organised space for small repairs and home improvement projects can be the difference between a first-rate job and a shoddy one. A reliable, strong place to work is as easy as gathering a few tools and wood that you probably already have in your garage or work shed. If not, purchase them at any home and garden store.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • 4 metal support brackets, 13 by 19 inches
  • 24 lag bolts, 5/16 by 3 inches
  • 6 pieces of 2 by 4 wood, 10 feet long
  • Circular saw
  • Power drill
  • 1/2 pound of 1 1/4-inch wood screws
  • 1/2 pound of 10-penny nails
  • Hammer
  • 1/2-inch particle board, 4 by 10 feet
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood filler

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  1. 1

    Measure down from the ceiling to the desired height of your bench using the measuring tape. Add four inches to this height, and then mark the height on the wall with a pencil. Continue making marks every 32 inches on the studs on the wall. Ensure the marks are even on the wall by using a level.

  2. 2

    Attach the metal brackets to the wall using the marks as a guide, using the 5/16-inch lag bolts.

  3. 3

    Cut the 2 by 4 piece of wood into 6 pieces measuring 22 1/2 inches each, using the circular saw. These will be the support pieces. Lay one support piece perpendicular to the top of each of the four brackets, making sure the top of the support piece is flush against the wall. Secure in place using a power drill and wood screws.

  4. 4

    Cut three pieces of 2 by 4 measuring 109 inches each using the circular saw. Lay one piece against the wall on top of the other support pieces attached in the previous step. Lay one in the middle, and one on the front edge of the support pieces that are attached to the brackets.

  5. 5

    Using the 10-penny nails and a hammer, attach all three pieces to the perpendicular supports. Attach the two remaining shorter pieces of wood to each end of the parallel supports using the nails.

  6. 6

    Cut the remainder of the 2 by 4 to 110 1/2 inches, and attach it to the front of the support pieces using the nails and hammer.

  7. 7

    Cut the particle board into a panel measuring 110 1/2 inches using the circular saw. Cut once again, creating two 24-inch panels.

  8. 8

    Lay the panels on top of one another, and then attach both to the support pieces using the hammer and nails. This will serve as the top of your workbench.

  9. 9

    Sand any rough edges using the sandpaper, and fill all holes with wood filler.

Tips and warnings

  • After filling and sanding, paint or stain your workbench if desired.
  • Attach a panel of pegboard and 16-inch spikes behind the bench to hang tools.
  • Wear safety goggles and gloves while using saws.
  • If painting or staining, do so in a well-ventilated area to reduce fumes.

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