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  • for the past few projects I have been

  • working off a 2x6 workbench just laid

  • over some sawhorses and while it does

  • work it's a little bit frustrating not

  • having a lot of surface area to work off

  • of so this week I took the time and

  • threw together a very quick but strong

  • assembly table slash workbench stay

  • tuned and I'll show you how I did it the

  • body of the workbench is built

  • completely from three sheets of plywood

  • and if you're interested in building

  • your own and I do have a set of plans

  • that includes a full material list and

  • cut list for you I started off by using

  • my tracks all to break down the sheets

  • of plywood into more manageable size

  • pieces of course utilizing the cut list

  • that I put together for the build then I

  • used the table saw to rip all of the

  • pieces down to the final dimensions I

  • started off by assembling the legs of

  • the workbench utilizing my super jaws to

  • hold it in place

  • while I was putting them together and

  • just about everything on the workbench

  • is glued and screwed together since this

  • is an indoor project I stuck with pipe

  • on original wood glue after getting the

  • legs built I then glued and screwed the

  • side panels into place this will not

  • only connect the two legs together but

  • it'll also enclose the sides giving me a

  • small amount of area to use a storage it

  • was my goal when building this workbench

  • not only give myself a large usable work

  • surface but also a place to store items

  • that I most frequently used while

  • building so the workbench will serve as

  • a way to store these items until I have

  • more time to deck out the walls of my

  • shop to store these items after getting

  • all of the bottom shelf supporting

  • stretchers into place I cut down a sheet

  • of plywood to make up the bottom shelf

  • and set it into place while I'm setting

  • that into place I want to say a big

  • thank you to you peer bond plywood for

  • sponsoring this project and supporting

  • what I do here bond is a hardwood

  • plywood that is sold at your local Home

  • Depot so it's readily available the best

  • part is is that it's very high quality

  • plywood but at competitive prices

  • so if you have a project coming up where

  • you'd like to use a little bit higher of

  • grade of plywood then definitely check

  • out peer bond at your local Home Depot

  • it's made right here in the US and they

  • use it for Melda highest three solution

  • in their manufacturing so it's even a

  • little bit more environmental friendly

  • at this point the bottom shelf is just

  • test fitted into place and you can see

  • when I stand on it that it has a little

  • bit of bow and give to it this is

  • completely taken out whenever I glue and

  • screw it into place after getting that

  • bottom shelf attached I moved up and

  • repeated the process for attaching the

  • stretchers that will support the top oh

  • and here you can see as I walk across it

  • just how much flex gluing and screwing

  • it down took out when I was modeling

  • this and Sketch up I was really thinking

  • that it was gonna have some rot to it

  • because of a long span distance however

  • I was shocked at just how sturdy and

  • unmoving it felt and the biggest

  • contributor to the stability is the fact

  • that I glued all the joints the top is

  • made from a full sheet of plywood which

  • will give me plenty of surface area to

  • work on the only thing on this workbench

  • I didn't glue is the top and that is so

  • I can replace it easily in the future

  • whenever it gets a little bit too

  • destroyed I went in straight from the

  • top and used a countersink bit to make

  • sure that the screw heads wouldn't be

  • proud of the table and get in my way

  • when sliding things across the top from

  • start to finish this only took me six

  • hours to build and that is with filming

  • slowing me down so if you're needing a

  • workbench then definitely don't put it

  • off as it's a very simple project to

  • complete

  • now I could have very well stopped here

  • I had the top four working on the bottom

  • for storing stuff on but I decided to

  • take a little bit more time and build a

  • few out ons to make it a little bit more

  • functional a few projects back when I

  • was building those outer Ron Duck chairs

  • I was making a mental note of all of the

  • things that I would have liked to have a

  • storage solution for readily at hand and

  • one of the biggest things was hardware

  • storage so my first out on was to cut a

  • few french cleats so that I could

  • utilize some of these hardware storage

  • bins that I made years ago these have

  • just been tucked away in the box since I

  • moved out of my shop in Fort Worth and

  • it felt great to unbox them and finally

  • put them to use again I'm attaching the

  • French cleats directly to the side of

  • the workbench and I already know that

  • tons of you will comment that these will

  • fill up with sawdust being out in the

  • open and yes much like everything else

  • in the wood shop they will get dusty

  • however I've had these bins exposed on a

  • rolling caddy in my previous shop and

  • for me the amount of sawdust that gets

  • inside them isn't bothersome enough to

  • override the convenience of having them

  • readily available so I still move

  • forward with the decision of placing

  • them directly out in the open on my

  • workbench and on that note if you'd like

  • to make your own bins and I do have a

  • free set of plans on all three sizes

  • that I felt before in the past

  • moving on to drill storage I wanted

  • someplace to store my drills that wasn't

  • all the way across the shop and I

  • thought about storing them under the

  • overhang however if a drill has a bit in

  • it and that won't be possible so instead

  • I cut in two notches directly into the

  • tabletop getting the idea from my

  • current drill holder over on my French

  • cleat system it was my original plan to

  • drill a few of these in every corner of

  • the top however I think I'll start with

  • these two and see if one I actually end

  • up using it and two if I even like it

  • something else on my workbench wishlist

  • what's a place to store speed squares

  • it's so frustrating always looking

  • around for where I left my speed square

  • so I decided to make some very simple

  • holders on every single corner of my

  • workbench

  • always have one within an arm's reach

  • these are simple holders made from

  • half-inch plywood better is hatch

  • together in an L formation and then

  • touch to the underside of every single

  • corner improve to actually work I'm

  • gonna try to get into the system of

  • using it and then immediately putting it

  • right back we'll see if that works

  • continuing with hardware storage I made

  • a few simple screw box holders I've made

  • a few of these before and I can't stress

  • how handy they are to have all of your

  • boxes of screws in one location it's

  • definitely worth the amount of time it

  • takes to make one of these holders it's

  • a great project to utilize some of the

  • scraps laying around and of course you

  • can attach it just about anywhere

  • moving on to pencil and fit storage I

  • didn't make anything for this one

  • because Rockler already has a great

  • solution for this called shot blocks

  • it's a very lightweight organizer that

  • you can hang on a wall pegboard or even

  • set directly on top of your workbench I

  • utilized the front bins for your bits

  • and Tunsil sharpeners and then the top

  • compartment for a pencil or even longer

  • bit storage next up I made a few mallet

  • holders even though I only have one

  • mallet I made two holders and place them

  • on opposite legs so that no matter which

  • side of the workbench I'm working on I

  • have a holder that I could throw it into

  • going to the other side of the workbench

  • I started off by drilling some holes for

  • some tape storage i routed through my

  • scrap bin and found some half inch

  • dowels so I drilled some half inch holes

  • and then stuck them directly in place

  • simple enough the large area on this

  • side was dedicated to storing my quick

  • clamps I cut a small blog to hold some

  • PVC off of the workbench just enough so

  • that I could slip on a spring clamp and

  • straddle that PVC you can see I use

  • pocket holes in order to secure these

  • two blocks to the workbench itself and

  • mine does droop a little bit because of

  • the weight of the spring clamps but the

  • next time I go to the store I'm going to

  • pick up some off red to slip into the

  • PVC and this will take out that little

  • bit of droop that the weight of the of

  • the clamps creates for my quick clamps I

  • stuck with simple and drilled a hole all

  • the way through the workbench so that I

  • can insert a dowel and have something to

  • hang these clamps off of I made sure to

  • keep the length of this dowel just

  • under the length of the overhang of the

  • workbench so that my leg wouldn't catch

  • it house I'm walking around the

  • workbench in my last shop I made a bench

  • cookie dispenser and I could have sworn

  • I threw it into a box however I couldn't

  • find it so I simply made another one

  • I grabbed some three inch PVC and cut it

  • to the height of the amount of bench

  • cookies that I have I used one of the

  • bench cookies to mark its height on the

  • PVC pipe so that I can cut in a slot at

  • the bottom this will give me a grab

  • point I can reach my hand in and pull

  • one out I cut a three inch circle from

  • some scrap wood then use type on thick

  • and quick to glue the wood to the PVC

  • and create a shelf at the bottom

  • utilizing my superjaws to clamp it while

  • that glue is setting up and then a

  • countersink and a few screws to attach

  • it to my actual workbench lid and you

  • can see it works by pulling out a bench

  • cookie at the bottom and then throwing

  • it back onto the top whenever I'm done

  • with it with that I think the size of

  • the workbench are as decked out as I can

  • get them I am NOT a fan of having

  • drawers in a shop however I'm also not a

  • fan of wasted space which is what all of

  • this space at the bottom of the

  • workbench is without drawers so next I

  • put my attention into making a railing

  • system so I could start building and

  • attaching drawers I'm going with a

  • wooden railing system and over sliders

  • because sliders are expensive and with

  • this being shop furniture plywood rails

  • is just fine with me I first tried to

  • attach the bottom rails with the dust

  • setting as is however it was just

  • absolutely silly to try it this way