If you have been following along with parts one through three, as of now I’ve added heating, cabinets, flooring, and a stationary workbench. Most people would probably stop here but I have a few more ideas to complete my workshop. That being said, here we go! When I work on a project, I prefer the option of reaching all sides without having to constantly move my work piece. With a standard bench attached to the wall, I am always limited to working on one side at a time and spinning the work piece. With this in mind, I decided to build a very simple rolling bench. Here’s how I did it.
I decided on a 45”X32” bench with a shelf. I began by purchasing the materials. I bought a 4’X8’ sheet of ¾” plywood, 2- 8ft 4X4’s, and 5-2X4’s just to be safe. Using my Hitachi Chop saw, I began by cutting 4-45” pieces of 2X4. Then, I cut 4-29” pieces of 2X4 and I cut 4-32” sections of the 4X4’s. Next, I assembled a rectangle with two of the 45” & 29” pieces. I recommend pre-drilling before screwing these together to keep them from splitting. Then, screw the frame together. Next, I inserted one of the 4X4 legs into the corner and screwed it in on both sides. I did the same for all remaining corners. I got a little ahead of myself. Next, I installed the wheels to the 4X4 legs (pre-drilling and using lag bolts). I flipped the bench over and used my 36” Irwin speed Clamps to install the remaining 29” 2X4’s (see pics). Then I installed the 2-45” pieces. I flipped the bench back over onto its top. I pre-drilled holes in the 2X4’s and installed the remaining bolts for the wheels.
I used my Porter Cable 18V circular saw to cut the plywood top for the bench. I chose to make my top piece 48” long to allow a 3” overhang. I placed the plywood on the frame and screwed it in. For the bottom shelf, I cut two 2×4’s 29” long and screwed them into the lower frame for the plywood to sit on. I then cut a piece of plywood to cover the interior of the shelf and rested it on the lower frame. Next, I cut two smaller pieces to wrap around the 4X4’s and notched them with my Bosch Jig Saw. I then installed the end pieces and screwed everything together. The last thing I did was install the power strip under the 3” overhang. I chose to add this so that I could plug in small tools like a work light or Jig Saw. By doing this, I avoid having to constantly change what is plugged into my extension cord. Check out the finished product.
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