My workshop is a certified disaster area so to help in my tidying up process, I decided to build a simple workbench for my 3D printing equipment. This workbench is not only perfect for working on projects but also for providing storage and organization.
Design and Measurements
- Decide on the dimensions of your workbench. The dimensions used in this guide are 72 inches by 28 inches for the tabletop and 68 inches by 24 inches for the platforms.
Building the Platforms
- Using a miter saw, cut the 2×4 lumber according to your platform dimensions: In my case, 68 inches by 24 inches.
- Assemble the platforms by attaching the cut pieces using pocket hole screws and wood glue. Make sure to create a lip around the edges for added stability.
Things you’ll need
- 2×4 lumber (standard construction lumber)
- 1/2 Plywood
- Pocket hole jig and screws (I used both the K4 and 720 jigs)
- Wood glue
- Circular saw
- Miter saw
- Drill and Driver
- Sander and sand paper (60, 120, 220 grits)
- Cut four pieces of 2×4 lumber to your desired height, I went with 36”.
- Attach the legs to the platforms using regular screws, make sure you place them so they don’t hit the pocket hole screws in the platform. Ensure that the legs are securely fastened and level.
Creating the Tabletop
- For my 28” tabletop I needed 8 2x4s (since a 2×4 is actually 1.5×3.5). Cut these down to 72”.
- Use pocket hole screws and wood glue to laminate the pieces together to create the tabletop. Make sure to align the edges and secure them tightly.
- I sanded the tabletop using a belt sander, starting with 60-grit sandpaper and progressing to an orbital sander with 120 and 220 grit for a smooth finish.
Attaching the Tabletop
- Attach the tabletop to the base using pocket hole screws and wood glue. Ensure that the tabletop is level and secure.
- Consider adding a power strip to the back of the workbench for convenient access to power outlets.
And now I have a home for my 3D printing equipment! Building a workbench using 2×4’s is a great way to create a functional and durable workspace that suits your needs. Did you give this a go? Well let me know in the comments section! Do you have any suggestions on how I can make this better? Also let me know!
Thanks for visiting. Now get out there and make something awesome.