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My Classic Work Bench Design

Many years ago, I decided to design a work bench. My criteria was:

-about 2 feet by 8 feet work top surface

-bolted construction (so it could be easily moved from house to house, over time)

-screwed to studs in the wall to make it a rigid structure

This is the design I came up with.........

The work surface is 23x96 inches.  I take a 1/2" thick sheet of plywood, then rip it to make a double level top.......with each piece being 23x96 inches.  The legs are double 2x4's, which are bolted to the work surface frame.  I usually screw the back of the bench to the wall studs, in 2 different places.  This bench can be dis-assembled or re-assembled in less than 1 hour.  My original work bench moved from Illinois, to South Carolina, to Georgia, and back to the portability concept has been pretty well proven!

If one wants a different work top size, the design can be easily modified as required.

Back in the 1980's when I built the first bench, there was no personal computers yet to use Sketchup on.  A couple of years ago I entered my design into Sketchup, because my son wanted a modified version of this design.