As a maker, one of the most important things you will need is a good workbench. When I decided to pursue this task I found myself pouring through Pinterest, Make, Google Image searches, wood working forums, Instructables and other sites to find a good base design that I can modify to meet my specific needs.
I finally found a bench I really liked and used the basic design as the foundation for the workbench I had envisioned.
Here are some of the key “features” I was looking for in a all-around workbench:
- Build with cheap materials (2×4’s and plywood)
- Easy, I’m a beginner, so I did not want to deal with fancy joints (this is version 1)
- Mobile so I can rearrange workshop based on current project
- Large workspace, but not too large that I could not maneuver or move out the way when needed
- Taller than usual workbench height so I can work standing or sitting if I chose, also gives me more space to work with under the bench
- Permanent/semi-permanent spot for table saw and miter saw
- Enough space to accommodate additional tools, storage and other ideas
Wish List/Planned Upgrade Features
- Built-in vacuum/dust collection system
- Drawer and built-in storage throughout
- Attached power strip
As you can see, I have a lot of things I want to incorporate in the workbench design. I essentially want it to be my Swiss Army Knife workbench, let’s see how that translates to in a build.
Is your workbench an all-in-one? Any ideas on how to best leverage available space? Your thoughts are welcome below.