Some 2x4's have rounded edges from the mill. · When glueing, work in small groups say 4 planks at a time. · Bar clamps are your friend. · Make sure the surface you. Build a simple, strong 2x4 workbench in just a few steps. It's inexpensive (less than $) and takes only about four hours to build. 2x4 Mega Bench: I decided to make this workbench out of 2x4's because I needed Once organized, begin applying a liberal amount of glue to the top. FORTINET WIRELESS PRODUCT MATRIX - по пятницу с 09:00 до 21:00, суббота. Курьерская служба линия Отдел с пн. Жгучая телефонная линия Отдел по работе. - по АЛП - с пн с 9:00 до 18:00.
Making the lap joints is simple with either a table saw or circular saw. Just be sure that you keep track of where you're cutting thorughout the process. Don't get mixed up. I glued and screwed the base together. I used my pocket hole drill bit to create a recess for the screw heads to sit into. Before I glued and screwed my 24" stretchers on, I clamped averything up to make sure it was going to go together square.
I glued my workbench top in three sections. This allowed me to take my time on each sections to make sure everything stayed as square as possible. Also, I was able to run the three sections through my thickness planer to remove the rounded edges before I clamped up the table top as a whole. I talked about wood movement quite a bit in the video. I put on 4 coats of polycrylic as a finish. If you have any questions or find any issues with the article, feel free to get in touch.
It probably isn't as rugged as yours but it's served me 54 years. Over the years your bench will accumulate gouges, paint, spills, etc. The nice thing about the plywood is that it can be reversed and used over. Nice post! Reply 5 years ago.
I have seen benches use hardboard Masonite glued to the top to give a good flat hard waring easily replaced surface when using softwood lumber for benchtops. I have Masonite tops, but they are screwed on using countersunk flat top screws. Never had a problem hitting a screw with a plane or other tool.
And this arrangement makes it easier to flip over the Masonite when the first upward facing surface gets all buggered up, and then use the other surface for a few years. Not sure you could do that if the Masonite is glued down. Reply 6 years ago. Thank you for posting this. I enjoy seeing people making things like this. You were right to build it heavy and tough.
It looks like you used douglas fir, which is a great choice for workbenches. It's harder and tougher than pine, spruce or hemlock. Of the softwood available in dimensional lumber, it'a the superior wood. I assume you're west of the mississippi. If east, the best choice is southern yellow pine.
It's not really possible to over-build a bench. They take a lot of abuse. One tip I recommend is to always hammer over one of you legs. It doesn't matter how burly the bench. You did well to have open access to the bottom of the benchtop. This will make clamping much easier. Have you considered dog holes?
This will allow you to use bench dogs and holdfasts. You can find these in any woodworking catalog, or in specialized woodworking stores. You won't find them in the box stores. Thank you! I do live in the West. I've considered putting in dog holes but I've never really used them before so I'm not very familiar of how useful it would be. I'll definitely look further into it. I left the bottom open to put in a few drawers But leave some space between the top and the drawers.
Say, 12" or so. Also, if plan to attach a face vise, you'll need space for that. I don't know, but you look like a woodworker. We woodies have some strong opinions on workbenches. Look up Chris Schwarz. He's written two books on the subject. And has singlehandedly revived interest in old school bench designs from like the s. Just a word of caution, it's a big subject and full of controversy. You've got a great bench.
I went to a arcade shop older place I simply cut the plank in half. Good question. I completed this project back in January of this year but I believe I used the line for reference then positioned the level as a rail guide for my saw. I'll go back and edit that section to clarify this point. Thank you for the feedback. I am scratching my head while reading your advice about the crowning direction. I know three professional joiners including my brother and they have all use alternative crowning direction.
This is to make sure the laminated board will work as it should without minimal twisting while drying. Also, a friend working in a laminated board factory told me that the best class boards were glued with alternating crowning direction and the B class products in what order the happen to land on the base.
Being a joiner as well he found the latter very frustrating, of course. I think you make a very good point. This is only my second project of this type and it looks like I may have made some erroneous assumptions. Thanks for the heads up!! Real nice! If you would like tomake it stronger on one of the 2x4 on the leg's cut the with of the 2x4 for your cross over like a jack for a header.
Thank you for the poast think I will make one. Introduction: 2x4 Mega Bench. By tlp Travis Follow. More by the author:. More About tlp ». Divide your boards in to even number groups. Each group should have the same crowning bow in the same direction. Get them to be as uniform as possible. Once organized, begin applying a liberal amount of glue to the top surface of the first board then stacking the second on top of it. Repeat this process until the last board is stacked no need for glue on the last board.
Apply pipe clamps approximately every foot, alternating from top to bottom. Double check to make sure the boards are still aligned before fully tightening the clamps. Make sure each clamp is very tight by going back and re-tightening them several times following a pattern of starting in the middle and working outward. Once the the glue has dried, run each section through the planer, both top and bottom. Keep track of the final thickness of each section.
They need to match each other by the end. Align the sections together in a way they fit best. Even after all the prep work there will likely be some bowing in each section. Match these as best as you can.
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I think these inlays make my workbench. I love the look of them, not too much embellishment, not too little, they are to my eyes, perfect. Cut a length of hardwood to size, glue and screw it into the end grain. Once the glue was dry, I removed a couple of screws, drilled out the holes and inserted some hardwood dowel in place. When that dowel dried, I repeated the process until all the screws had been replaced.
Finally a nice sanding to make sure everything was nice and smooth. I brushed on two generous coats of Minwax Antique Oil Finish. You know how when you have been waiting for something for a long time, you have a picture in your mind of what it should look like? For me, my mind pictures a light orange tinge on a workbench with dark contrasting sections.
And once this oil was applied what did I end up with? There are always improvements to be made but they will come in time. Dogholes one day, maybe an end vice, definitely shelving underneath it. Question 8 months ago on Introduction. Quick question, do you have a cut list? It would just make life easier. I think I'm gonna use 4x4 instead of 2 2x4 for the legs and mortise that.
I really like your inlays though. I think this will be my first project for my new garage. Looks awesome. I say this because it looks very much like the bench I made just over a year ago. I built my workbench out of Southern Yellow Pine and Mahogany for the inlays and endcaps. I ripped down 2x12's as they are much easier to source than yellow pine 2x4's. I also already had the mahogany and it made a great contrast. The yellow pine also gives it a lot of weight.
Bad for the construction, but good for the workbench as it docent move when you have to man handle a project. I used only glue and dowels on mine. I made the top in 3 sections. Running them through the plainer before carefully glueing the three sections together. Mario, Take it from someone that grew up with a full wood shop and who's skills were approaching patter making. You did a fine job. You came up with some pretty cleaver solutions for some complicated issues.
I would have taken the top to a commercial wood shop and have them run it through a Timesaver. A huge belt sander. A few words of encouragement. The next time you let the legs into the top; use blind tenons. The pegs are suppose to look like that. It appears that you had pegged the end plates to the top. I'm building a "live steam locomotive" and I have been looking for a flat bench top to rivet up its tender. This could be the answer. Btw the next time you need to rotate or lift something that heavy, get help.
I have a compression fraction L4 in my spine from lifting something heavy. It ain't fun. Question 3 years ago on Introduction. Great job!!! This exact type of workbench has been on my to-do list for too long now lol. Reply 5 years ago. I was tempted to go buy a much larger bit, but I can't imagine when I will use it again.
Worked out in the end though! Reply 3 years ago. Don't get me wrong. Could not have been fun. Painfully honest. Nice bench! You will enjoy this much more than if you had bought an expensive woodworking bench, I imagine. The simple method you used to surface the bench top with the router is a great tip that I plan to use on another style of bench I am working on - thanks. If you're happy with the end result and you learnt something along the way - then I'd mark this one down as a success.
It would only need to be perfect if you were building it as a show piece to help sell more workbenches. This is a great read. I've been looking to make a work bench, and this exact build-up fits my style. You made it cheap, aesthetically pleasing, and solid.
I think I'm going to add on twist on mine, and that is to see if I can make mine tilt down for space saving when not in use. Great post. I'll echo other comments about your adding all the 'oops' and 'oh wells' because it makes this project a 'must try' not necessary must do for all us amateurs.
My father-in-law started this way when he retired and after a lot of oops' which we never saw as flaws, he made a long list of our furniture from our boys captain beds to dressers and the custom corner desk I work from in my office. And he will be remembered always as a 'craftsman'. That is a fantastic bench. And this was a wonderful read.
I have had a new table top in mind for a long, long time and you just gave me the renewed ambition and tons of knowledge and confidence to get this thing up and running as we speak. These lessons we so well writ. I can't thank you enough. Job well done sir. Your craftsmanship is not too shabby either. Reply 4 years ago. Introduction: A Solid and Cheap 2x4 Workbench. By TheWoodfather www. More by the author:. About: Hi there! I'm Mario, from thewoodfather.
I've been working wood for years, but it's past time that I made the effort to move from the DIY woodworker I am now, to the high quality, furniture making woodwor… More About TheWoodfather ». Ok, lets get this straight off the bat, I am cheap! I don't like spending money!
Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy the build. Cheers, Mario www. If I was to do it over: I would use the same method, but refine it. If I was to do it over: I would use a different method completely. If I was to do it over: It was fine cutting it this way, so I would use this method again, however it goes without saying that I will ensure I know where my screws are before cutting in the future.
I also did clamp the legs before gluing to ensure they were straight and square. If I was to do it over: I would absolutely use the same method again, it worked a treat. If I was to do it over: I would absolutely do this again. I want to make it clear I used a few different articles from multiple publications for workbenches and made a hybrid.
I would honor those by releasing their names, however I can not remember which ones I used it from. Furthermore, I want to thank the individuals who made it to the end of this article. I hope you found it useful and I apologize for any confusing areas this is my first post. Next time I make something, I think I'll take more pictures for greater clarification.
My bench is similar in construction. You're right, 2x4s are great way to have a solid bench at a reasonable price. I did a few things differently:. For the top, I used a jig to drill four holes in each 2x4, in the same spots. Then I ran threaded rod through each hole as I glued. Once the top was fully glued up, I tightened the bolts on each end of the rods, added some clamps and clamped cleats on the surfaces to keep everything flat.
Once it was dried, I built a router sled you can Google this and ran a half-inch straight bit over the whole 2' x 7' top. Sounds like a lot of work but I was removing very little wood, so it only took about 20 minutes. Now, it was perfectly flat. The masonite is attached with dabs of contractors cement.
I've banged on it for 8 years and it's never come loose. When it's time to replace it, I'll just pry it off, remove any old glue and put a new piece on. The only downside is that I don't have the great grain you have. I was lucky when it came time for a tail vise. A friends father had an old bench that was in bad shape, but the all-wood vise was in great shape.
The screw is 18" long, 2" diameter maple. Reply 3 years ago. Reply 6 years ago. I love the way you did your top! It sounds very simple and I could imagine the glue up going very smoothy. Overall, I think your bench is top notch.
Good idea with the ability to reapply your working surface with ease. Good work sir! It costs more, but if you have no confidence in your ability to make the top nice and flat, order a solid wood door to use for the top. If you're lucky you might find one for a nice price in one of those stores that sells used construction materials. In either case, covering the working surface with a sheet of masonite or some kind of veneer is a smart idea.
My friend was showing me last week how to set up my saw. He showed me how to only have the teeth just barely showing enough to cut the wood so if I slipped, it would not cut off my entire finger. I like. It looks really well done. Not too long ago I was craving a sewing table and happened to find an old drafting table at an estate sale which I got for a steal and love. You have my vote! Check this out for assembling your work surface. I'm going to make some before I work on a workbench for myself.
Great job! I'll definitely be using 2x4's for my project but I'm wondering how I can make this a "central hub", so to say where I am able to incorporate my table saw, router table base and my thickness planner all on my work bench with out neither one interfering with the other or vise versa.
Thank you again for taking the time and sharing your nice work of art. First off, thank you! Secondly, I have been pondering your central hub workbench and remember seeing a couple different articles that give you ideas to do so. I can't remember which publication, but search a few and see what you find. Also, since your top would be pretty large to accommodate all of your tools, I would look into a torsion bench top to save on some wait, cut down on planing and have a perfectly flat surface all at the same time.
Just an idea, take it for what it's worth. Thanks again, and good luck with your future builds! Hey there BearTrapper, kiddos are given when they are deserved. I have not heard of a "torsion bench" but I'll hunt one down for sure. Anything that will help with the build and ensure a nice central hub would be ideal for my projects that I'm about to work on.
Thank you once again and I'll take your advise by searching other articles on here that cater more towards my goal. Cheers, Joel. Don't even bother. Better way to do it is to make a modular system. Build different bases on wheels for each tool such that the working surface of the tool is the same height as the bench.
Roll out the one you need and clamp it to the stationary bench. Depending on what you're doing, you can clamp to the end or the side of the bench. By clamping to the heavy bench, you don't need the fancy wheels with brakes. Thank you for helping prevent a headache. I do see what you are talking about and I'm going with your idea and I'm hoping it all turns out great. I am building a smaller one same design as yours with a Formica top and a swing away under table router A great job, keep it up!
Introduction: 2X4 Work Bench. By BearTrapper Follow. More by the author:. Participated in the 2x4 Contest View Contest. Did you make this project? Share it with us! I Made It! One Piece Carabiner From Scrap! Reply Upvote. HobbyJim 6 years ago. I did a few things differently: For the top, I used a jig to drill four holes in each 2x4, in the same spots.
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