My new garage was just begging for a new work bench with over the top storage and size. I looked high and low in the internet for something pre-built, however there was nothing that satisfied both the size and build quality I was after. So I designed and built my own…
I researched ways of fixing the 4×2’s together and found there were two options that would do the trick, unfortunately one of them is only available in the States and would have cost me a small fortune to ship the here to the UK. So I settled for Simpson Work Bench Kit found over at DIY Doctor here.
The Simply Build It Heavy-Duty Workbench Kit made by Simpson Strong-tie is a flexible and sturdy storage, shelving or workbench kit. You can make it quickly and without much experience. The kit has everything you need – just add timber!
There is one problem you need to be aware of if you’re buying these and it that the size isn’t quite 2 inches, I have to trim off some wood in order to get the wood to slot into each bracket. The instructions tell you to use ‘CLS Timber’ which I must admit didn’t. I have wondered whether using CLS would have meant the timber would have fitted correctly. Anyway, no biggy and so far the fixings have been very tough and have worked a treat. I tend to over engineer my projects and this one has been no exception, I like quality and longevity when I build things. I’ve used 18mm MDF for the top, bottom and shelving, the whole frame and uprights are fixed with heavy duty coach screws. So it ain’t going nowhere!
For the doors I tried to make them look a little more pleasing by using T hinges and 42 tongue and groove, topped off with some antique style cup handles, they look a treat! I’ve also added a combination bolt lock for added security… Just in case! I utilised an old set of drawers from a desk set I threw out when we moved house and fitted them in to the bench for extra storage, which should come in more than handy. Plenty of room for my ever growing collection of RC stuff.
The whole thing took about three weeks to construct with just a few hours on a weekend and some evenings, it’s surprising how much you can get through when you push yourself!