So let’s get started. The first step in building your work bench is to cut the 4×4’s to length. Use the miter saw and trim the four legs to 35″. You also should pre-drill the holes for the lag screws. Drill a 1-3/4″ countersink with a 1/4″ through hole. The top rails are flush with the top of the legs and centered on the legs. The lower rails are centered on the leg with the bottom edge 10″ from the floor.
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Start by assembling the long rails and posts. With the lag screws and some wood glue proceed to assemble the two sides of the workbench, secure with screws and set aside until the glue is dry. A quick tip; get the lag screws stared so the tip is just coming out of the hole. Ready to go into the rail.
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To finish your workbench you can either use clear polyurethane if the wood is nice and you want to preserve the look of it. Otherwise use paint to protect the surface from water and other stuff that it will be subjected to.
The surface of the workbench is made up of two 3/4″ sheets of plywood. To secure the sheets of plywood together cover the surface of one sheet with wood glue and align the second sheet on top. Screw together with 1-1/4″ screws. This provides a flat and stable working surface that will be easy to clamp to and hold a nail or screw well.
There are many variations that can be built into this workbench it all depends if you want to trim and finish it out with more details. I will cover the basic bench. Nothing more then what is necessary to have a functioning work bench.
Time for some assembly.
2 – 2″ x 4″ x 34-1/2″ Middle Stretcher
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