Ladies and gentlemen, please turn your attention to the The Greatest Workbench on Earth! Ok… maybe not the greatest on earth, but definitely the greatest in my garage. And yes, I have more than one workbench in my garage. The other doesn’t even compare in its greatness.
In case you’re wondering, I’m still on a bit of a high from seeing The Greatest Showman. If you like musicals, go see it. If you don’t, you’ll probably hate it. I was pleasantly surprised by all the singing and I’ve been listening to the soundtrack on loop for days. But you obviously didn’t land here to read a movie review. So let’s get right to it…
I’ve been in a project slump for the past month. I think it’s burnout from all the DIY Christmas gifts I managed to make last month. Oh yeah, and the fact that I quit my job to start my own company and I’ve been spending my free time (what little there is) trying to start earning some income. Anywho… I needed some motivation, and what better motivation is there than organization! My daughter’s desk (which is a partially completed project) has been serving as my workbench for months. So I figured I’d start there. New workbench!
If you’ve read my other workbench post, you will notice many similarities. The basic structure is the same. I just embellished it a little. I will start with my materials and cut list, then lay out my instructions.
3/4″ Sheet of Plywood
(6) 2″ x 4″ x 8’s
2 1/2″ Wood Screws
1″ Wood Screws
3/4″ Wood Screws
(4) Swivel Caster Wheels with Brakes (I used the 2″ ones)
4′ x 4′ Pegboard
Pegboard Kit or Individual Pieces
(2) 24″ x 60″ Plywood Pieces
(4) 2″ x 4″ x 60″ Pieces
(6) 2″ x 4″ x 21″ Pieces
(4) 2″ x 4″ x 32″ Pieces
(2) 24″ x 24″ Pegboard Pieces
Step 1: Use the cut list to get your materials prepared. All the cuts on the list can be done right at the hardware store on the big saw. I had to do my own because the big saw was broken at both stores I went to. Figures.
I saved the pegboard cuts for later.
Step 2: Line up two (2) of your 60″ cuts with three (3) of your 21″ cuts to form the support base for your first shelf.
Step 3: Pre-drill two (2) holes on each of the four (4) corners of the 60″ pieces. Then drill two (2) more in the center of each of them. The center is 30″ from each end.
Step 4: Use an impact driver to drill one (1) 2 1/2″ wood screw into each of the pre-drilled holes. That’s twelve (12) screws total.
Step 5: Lay one (1) of your plywood cuts on top of the support base. It should be approximately the same size. Line up all the corners.
Step 6: Use 1″ wood screws to secure the board to the support base along the edges. I used fourteen (14) total. Four (4) in the corners and ten (10) more spaced somewhat evenly around the edges.
Step 7: Repeat Steps 2-6 for the second shelf.
Step 8: Secure your swivel caster wheels to the ends of your 32″ pieces. Put a screw in each of the four (4) holes on the metal plate of the wheels. I used 3/4″ screws.
Step 9: Stand both shelves up on their sides facing the same way and space with 12″-14″ inches between them. Lay the legs on top of them at each corner and line them up with the top of the shelf. Make sure the wheels are on the bottom. Secure the legs to each shelf with two (2) 2 1/2″ wood screws on each side. I didn’t get great pictures of this step so I attempted to show the instructions on the picture I did get. (Note: Make sure the legs are at a 90 degree angle from the top shelf, and make sure there is the same amount of space between the shelves on both sides.)
Step 10: Flip the structure over to the other side and repeat Step 9.
Step 11: Lock all the wheels and stand the bench upright. Here we have your standard rolling workbench. If that’s all you were looking for… great! You can stop here. If you want your standard rolling workbench to be “The Greatest Workbench on Earth”… then please continue.
Step 12: Cut two (2) pegboard pieces to 24″ x 24″ inches if you have not already. I believe you can buy the pegboard in this size. I already had a giant pegboard in my garage, so I cut mine down to size with a jig saw.
Step 13: Use screws to mount the pegboards to either side of your workbench. I would go ahead and drill through the pegboard instead of using the holes. I used some of the holes and ended up having to switch out my screws for ones with bigger heads.
Step 14: Add some pegboard mounting hardware. I had an organizer kit sitting around that I bought years ago when I’d originally intended to overhaul my garage.
Step 15: Add your tools!
Step 16: If you want easy access to a power source for any of your corded power tools, consider adding a surge protector. I bought a heavy duty one from Lowes that was intended for workshops.
There were several options, but I sprang for the top dollar one for a few reasons. It has 10 outlets on it, the outlets are spaced far enough apart that none of the plugs will overlap, and it stretches across the majority of my workbench to give me the option of plugging my tools in closest to where I am going to use them. It rocks.
I installed it on the back of my workbench on the top shelf.
That’s it! The perfect rolling workbench with tons of storage and 10 electrical outlets. I even mounted my scroll saw to it. Now the real work can begin!