Build Yourself a Take-Apart Workbench

This is a re-post of a blogpost I did in July, 2013 with some updated comments. I am re-posting on this site for your convenience…so you can find all you need about and from ggChambers designs in one place. Thanks for reading! Oh…and you can click on the pictures to make them larger.

 Most of you already know we are moving the wire jewelry business, ggChambers designs, out of Texas and down to Florida and then back to Texas…all in two years. It has been a busy past few years, packing and unpacking all of our personal belongings, business wares and materials, and finding time for me to still practice my art.I guess the key to doing all of this is organization. While that may be the key, you should see my soon to be ex-living room, because I haven’t packed much of my business “stuff” yet. My husband and I are sitting on two of our patio chairs with the little patio table in between the chairs. You would think we would have tons of room to walk around, but the floor is littered with papers to be shredded, boxes of beads and findings, jewelry making tools, and photo props.

So, where does the organization come in? That’s what today’s blog is about, building your own Take Apart Workbench.

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My husband and I designed this simple but functional workbench. It is not only sturdy enough to hammer on, it comes apart and is easy to move around or take with you…if you move, travel in an RV, or just want to rearrange your work space. Read through all the directions first before assembly, and let me know if you have any questions. I apologize that the pics don’t show me putting this together, because it was already made. I promise any jewelry tutorials will NOT be written this way!

What You Will Need:

  • 1 sheet ( 4 x8 foot) of Best Grade 3/4 inch thick plywood
  • 21 feet of Best Grade 2 x 4’s
  • 28- 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 inch x 1/4″ wood screws or dry wall screws
  • 4 Stainless steel round Phillips head 1 1/4 inch long x 1/4″ wide screws
  • A circular saw or good straight saw
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil or pen
  • Sand paper

Cut your plywood into three parts:

  • 2 pieces 48″ x 24″
  • 1 piece 18″ x 29 3/4 “

Cut your 2 x 4’s into 12 pieces:

  • 4 pieces 27″ long
  • 8 pieces 18″ long

Make The Legs of the Workbench:

  1. First you want to screw all the legs together (see the above picture).
  2. For the first leg structure, take two 27″ pieces and one 18″ piece.
  3. Place the 18″ piece on top of one 27″ pieces and screw together with the longer screws in three places down into the center of the 27″ leg. Refer to pictures.
  4. Do the same on the other side of the 18″ piece.
  5. Measure from the top of the leg structure down 19″ and mark on both legs. This creates a cross member for stability and to hold the shelf
  6. Center another 18″ piece over the mark as seen in the picture, and screw together using the longer screws on each side with two screws each.
  7. Follow the instructions above to make the other leg structure.

 

Make The Top of the Workbench:

  1. Sand all the edges of the  two cuts made from the plywood for the top (48″ by 24″ cuts) and round the corners slightly.
  2. We will attach the units that hold the legs in first. Using your tape measure, measure 4 inches from the edges of one of the short side of the top cut (48 x 24″) board. Do not use the one that you want to work on when finished. Use the board with the most flaws for this step. We will be covering the top with the other “better” top in a later step.
  3. You might need a helper for this step,super glue, or wood glue (a temporary solution till you screw it together) on 18″ 2 x 4 piece in the center of your marks. (So the 2 x 4 will be 4 inches from the front, back, and side and standing on its short end.)
  4. Using your long screws, screw from the plywood top down into the 2 x 4″ leg cuts in at least 2 places on the back side of the top piece. Screw down hard enough that the screw “sinks” into the plywood top but does not poke through.
  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 on the other end of the plywood top. (See the picture illustration above and below.)
  6. Measure across the top of your legs at the width of the 18″ leg top, because all 2 x 4’s are not created equal and you want your legs to fit in tight to the leg holders on the plywood.
  7. Mark that out and screw the another 18″ leg holder like you did above, using the longer screws, making sure your leg is going to fit snugly but not sloppily. Do this on both sides of the underside of the table top. Refer to the pictures.

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Place the legs into their holders and flip the table over.

Finishing the Top of the Workbench:
  1. Pick out the smoothest surface side of the remaining top board for the top of your table. You want a level firm surface to work on.
  2. On the bottom of the top (lol) add some wood glue to help assure the tops will stay firmly together.
  3. Using you stainless steel Phillips head screws, screw the tops together from the top on each corner, 2 inches from each corner.

 

 

 

And you are done!!! The top comes off, the legs come off, and the shelf comes out. You have four pieces to move whenever you need to. You can add a felt or other table cloth to keep your beads from rolling off.

 

Dang, this was a long blog. I hope you didn’t get bored and that you get lots of use out of it. Let me know what you think! And Stay Wired Up!!!

 

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