How to Build a Wood Garage Work Bench

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How to Build a Wood Garage Work Bench
Pine is an adequate choice of wood for a work bench. (pine wood background image by stefanie van der vinden from

Work benches provide a necessary work space that odd jobs around the home require. Whether preparing for plumbing or electrical work, or building a model car, an adequate work bench will give you space and storage for your tools. Building a work bench is not expensive or complicated, and should not require more than an hour of your time.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • 4 pine boards, 2 inches by 6 inches, 4 feet long
  • 4 pine boards, 2 inches by 6 inches, 21 inches long
  • 4 pine boards, 4 inches by 4 inches, 32 inches long
  • 3/4-inch plywood, 2 feet by 4 feet
  • 3/4-inch plywood, 2 feet by 38 inches
  • Screw gun
  • 34 wood screws, 3 inches long

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  1. 1

    Lay two 21-inch boards parallel, on edge, so they are 45 inches apart. Place a 48-inch board on edge at each end of the 21-inch boards so you have a 24-inch by 48-inch rectangle. Screw through the 48-inch boards into the 21-inch boards to make the frame for your workbench top. Repeat this process with the last two 48-inch and 21-inch boards to complete the frame for the bottom shelf of the work bench.

  2. 2

    Screw a 32-inch board to each inside corner of your top frame. The ends of each 32-inch board should be flush with the top edges of the frame to function as even table legs. Position your second frame around the table legs so there is a leg in each corner, and so it is 20 inches away from the top frame. Screw through the frame and into the table legs to secure the frame for your shelf.

  3. 3

    Lift your table upright. Screw your 2-foot by 4-foot sheet of plywood to the top of the frame, with all edges flush. Screw the second sheet of plywood to the 48-inch boards of the bottom frame.

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