Workbench for Nate's Studio, Santa Barbara
April 2007. Nate needs a workbench. Maggie wanted to build one, but lacked time, lumber, money, tools, etc. So I'm taking them some scrap lumber in the form of a do-it-yourself workbench kit.
The design requirements:
has to sit under a window, with a 3-foot section of blank wall to the right
top should be 38" or more above floor
desired size about 4-1/2 feet long, 2-1/2 feet deep
needs a tall chair to slide in under bench
needs to be storable in small space until move-in time
would be nice to have: pegboard, drawer, shelf
new workbench installed and suitably cluttered
The starting point:
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1. Stand the two end sections. Join with front and rear rails, secure with bolts.
Don't tighten bolts fully until everything is in place.
Washers go on the outside:
2. Position the middle section between the rails, secure with lag screws:
3. Attach front floor rail, secure with bolt (right) and lag screw (left).
4. Position floor shelf. Push all the way toward the middle, so both edges sit on floor rails. Straighten so front edge is parallel to front rail.
5. Attach rear diagonal brace.
6. Tighten everything. Attach the floor shelf with 1" screws.
7. Put on the top. Attach with 1" screws.
8. Slide in the drawer.
Most visible surfaces were decorated by the Maggie Fan Club. This lumber used to be a bunk bed in her room.
Collapsible for travel.
Proud New Owners in their driveway