Workbench build in an Afternoon?
Some of the pictures of this little pjoject. That stepladder served as a bench during the build. The patio table held the few tools i used for this. The saw is an old Craftsman 7-1/4" all-metal circular saw, and a couple hand saws. Visegrip finger clamps do nicely to hold things in place while i was working on them. A rebuilt De6c worked on the legs a bit.
Have a very small basement workshop, nicknamed The Dungeon Shop. Needed some sort of bench to work on projects with. Did a bit of dumpster diving, found a couple 2xs from an old waterbed framed, a couple 2x4s scraps, and the hinge rail from an old door. Might be able to make something out of these?
One 2×10 plank was ripped down to make the four legs. 1-1/2' thick, by 4" wide. Maybe 33" long. A #6 handplane to erase the saw marks. Made some sut kerfs about 4" from the bottoms of the legs. knocked out the waste, and chisel flat. Some 2×2 scrap was then added to form a stretcher between two legs.
Mean while…A top was being worked out. A 5' length of that old waterbed frame was getting some legs. Some, I made a few notches for the legs to be screwed to the top. A few 2" long screws to fasten each leg assembly to the top. Then an apron was cobbled together. Door rail was cut to length, and a lap joint rebate cut on each end. Same with a 2×4. the ends were left alone. More screws. There was to be a tool tray along the back. Found a piece of 3/4 plywood footboard, sized it for the tray's bottom. Added a couple cleats to hold the tray.
Feet? Well, there were some door rail left over, so some squares were made. two pieces of 1×6 pine scrap were screwed to the bottoms of the legs, then the feet were added to the pine scraps. Grabbed a jack plane to level the top off. Moved the bench to the Dungeon shop. Added a leg vise using a 2×6 chop, and an old pipe clamp. Added a Crochet made from a chunk of barn wood. Total cost? One box of 2" screws @ $7. Time to complete the main bench? One warm and sunny Sunday afternoon on the back porch's patio. The two vises took maybe that long, again.