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How To: Make A DIY Multipurpose Workbench

Barry demonstrates how to build a multipurpose workbench that the Women from Katoomba’s Women’s Shed can use for various tasks.

Tools

  • Ryobi Impact Driver
  • Ryobi Drill Driver
  • Ryobi Circular Saw

Materials

  • Wood glue
  • 70mmx70mm Pine
  • Utility Panel
  • 12.7mm Hardwood Dowels
  • 2 x Hinge Straps
  • 2 x 150mm – 200mm Caster Wheels

Dimensions are:

  • 900mm High
  • 650mm wide unextended
  • 1150mm wide extended

Instructions

  • Mark out and cut the components out of the Utility panel.
  • Use a pencil, ruler and a straight edge to mark out the components for the workbench.
  • Use a circular saw to cut the components out.
  • Clamp and check out/house out the legs.
  • Use a clamp to clamp the 4 70mmx70mm legs together.
  • Measure and mark 400mm up from the bottom of all of the legs.
  • Measure and mark another 33mm from the 400mm mark, (thickness of bench)
  • Use a circular saw to cut out the 33mm marked section by running it down the length of the marked area, every 15mm resulting in cutting thin slices of timber.
  • Use a chisel to check out, (remove), the sliced timber.
  • Speed bore two holes in each leg.
  • Insert the Speed Bore drill bit into a drill and Speed Boar two evenly spaced holes on the backside of the checked out 33mm section of each legs.
  • Fix the bottom shelf to the legs.
  • To fix the bottom shelf to the legs, measure and mark in 50mm from each corner of the shelf component, marking where the legs will be fixed to.
  • Insert the shelf into the checked out area of the leg and re-Speed Bore through the leg into the shelf component.
  • Squeeze a dribble of glue into each hole.
  • Use a hammer to tap in the 12.7mm Hardwood Dowels.
  • Do this to all of the remaining legs.
  • Fix benchtop onto top of legs.
  • Place the benchtop evenly onto the top of the legs.
  • Use a Speed Bore bit to drill two holes evenly spaced, through the benchtop and into each leg.
  • Squeeze a dribble of glue into each hole.
  • Use a hammer to tap in the 12.7mm Hardwood Dowels.
  • Do this to all of the remaining legs.
  • Fix Piano Hinges for brackets.
  • On one side, measure and mark down 33mm from the top of the benchtop and pre-drill and screw two piano hinges into the two legs.
  • Screw the other side of the Piano Hinge to the support brackets originally cut out of the Utility panel.
  • Fix the Drop Leaf Extension benchtop component.
  • Use a drill to fix the two Hing straps to the bottom of the benchtop.
  • Then, screw the other side of the Hinge Strap to the bottom of the Drop Leaf extension component of the utility panel.
  • Cut down two legs and fix on caster wheels.
  • Cut down two legs on the same side by the height of the caster wheel. (we have chosen a 150mm -200mm caster wheels for practicality. This size wheel will allow the bench to roll over the rough treated pine flooring), by using a Circular Saw.
  • Then, use a drill to screw in the caster wheels.