For years I was creating and building in whatever corner of our apartment or balcony space my hubby would let me claim. Then we bought a house and our garage became a dumping ground for everything we didn’t know what to do with. Throughout the past three years as projects have gotten bigger and power tools are used on an almost daily basis it became much more necessary to make a place to confine the mess and get organized. Then walked in the Shanty2Chic sisters….or more in they talked. They started sharing their own organization on Periscope and it motivated me to get my butt in gear to create a space that screamed for more creativity and projects. So, today I am excited to say phase one of our garage makeover is complete! And I am even more excited to share with you how to build a workbench…your very own, grown-up, awesome rolling workbench. It has seriously changed my life!
I started by, of course, searching through Pinterest to get some inspiration. I love the workbench Shanty2Chic built and also Ana White’s workbench. I used both of these as a guide to create one that would fit well in our space and also based on what material I already had. This workbench cost us less than $35 to build! Here’s how you can make your own.
4 5″ swivel casters
2 sheets of plywood
Chop saw – to cut 2×4’s and 4×4’s
Table Saw – to cut down plywood
Jigsaw – to cutout 3.5×3.5 squares from bottom shelf plywood
4-4″x4″ cut at 30″
2-2″x4″ cut 84″ long
4-2″x4″ cut 27″ long
2-2″x4″ cut 74″ long
2-2″x4″ cut 20″ long
2-2″x4″ cut 24″ long
1-27″x81″ plywood with 3.5×3.5 cutout squares in each corner
1. Start by getting all your boards cut. Follow the cut list above to get them all cut to size. Once they are cut, layout the top and bottom shelves so you can visually tell where each piece is going.
2. Using your kreg jig, drill 2 holes in each end of your 4 30″ cross boards. Attach these to the 84″ boards to create a rectangle with 2 support pieces. This is your top platform.
3. Next, using your kreg jig, drill 2 holes in each end of your 74″ boards and your 2 20″ boards. Attach these to your 4 30″ 4×4 legs to create the base. This part is a little bit tricky to do free hand so it is best to use a couple of large bar clamps if you have them.
4. Once your base is assembled, flip it over and carefully place it inside the frame you created for the top. From here, you can easily attach the top to the base with a couple screws in each corner.
5. While the workbench is still upside down, drill a hole in the center of each 4×4 for your casters. If you want to glue them in you can but the weight of the workbench will be enough to keep it on the casters. Be sure you get casters that are made to hold the weight. To be safe, I used casters that each can support 150 lbs each. These ones from Amazon would work great!
6. Flip the workbench over and insert your casters if you have not done so already. After you have done that, place the 30″x84″ piece of plywood on the frame and screw it in.
7. Now, the only thing left to do is insert the 27″x81″ plywood with 3.5″x3.5″ cutouts on the bottom frame. You can attach this board with screws if you want but the legs will hold them in place so you don’t need to attach it to the frame if you don’t want to.
Roll it to its new home and you’re done! I love how huge ours is and helps give a home to so many of the miscellaneous tools that have just been floating around our garage. I think my favorite feature, however, is the fact it can roll to wherever I need it. So when I’m working on a big project I can just roll it to the driveway and then back into the garage when I’m done for the evening…or who are we kidding, naptime. Because, honestly, when else do we work on projects, ladies! #amiright
I am excited to start phase two of our garage makeover this week, which includes pegboard organization and some cutesy wall art. Yes, I just said wall art for the garage. When I told Justin my plan he thought I was crazy but I promised him it’ll be manly enough for the garage that even he will like it. I can’t wait!!
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