Garage Workbench

Increase Workspace by Installing a Built-In Garage Workbench.

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If you have a situation where you have enough money, a little bit in the budget to insulate and put some kind of wall covering up in a garage store, there is always a good idea. Here, the home owner has decided to work with what we have as far as our walls. Actually, we're gonna use it to our advantage, to build a nice sturdy workbench. With the workbench, we have a couple of choices, free standing or built-in. Both work well, but we're going with the built-in unit to economize our space and materials. First, we marked our hide all the way across the back wall, and begin figuring out how many supports we'll need. These supports will be made up from short pieces of 2 x 4's and 3-quarter inch plywood cut into triangular gussets. With careful layout, you can get a whole lot of these out 1 sheet. The supports were assembled using wood glue and drywall screws before they go on the wall. On each end, we nailed a 2 x 4 to the sidewall, then we began attaching the gusseted supports to the studs along the back wall. This is where the open stud base really worked to our advantage. A 14-foot 2 x 4 is nailed across the front of the support, tieing everything together and giving us a sturdy base with the 3-quarter inch plywood top that we nailed on it. Okay. Now, I have a good sturdy workbench. And you may have noticed we've only made this 24 inches wide, so that it wouldn't be so wide that you couldn't reach any of the pegboard or shelf we're about to build. Another thing we did with the plywood is we allowed it to overhang 2-1/2 inches. This will make it a lot easier to clamp anything that we may need to clamp out on the edge of the workbench itself. And what Greg is doing now is bringing us in a 1 x 4 that we'll nail to the studs on the back and along on the sides almost like a, kind of a kitchen back splash. The reason we're doing it here, so that nothing rolls off behind the workbench itself.