Notching the wood. To insure stability, the crosspieces
are notched into the leg pieces.
At the top of the
front legs (The 2X4’s that are 36” long) Notch out the top
3.5”. This will be for the countertop cross piece. Again, use the
crosspiece as your guide.
Repeat this process for the other back leg.
Notch out the ends of each of the 4 crosspieces. These notches should be no wider than the width of the legs, so use them as your guides.
5. With the notching complete, fit all of the crosspieces together with the leg pieces. (Note: Remember, the right side legs assembly should be assembled opposite (mirror image) the left side leg assembly. So reverse how you assemble them.)
Next drill 3/8” holes at each notched joint. Use wood glue inside the notches. Using a galvanized bolt, 2 washers (One inside, one outside) and a nut, at each joint, bolt the cross pieces to the legs.
You now have completed the left and right side leg assemblies.
6. Using one of the 8 ft 2X4’s cut two pieces: 45” long (These will be the front and back shelf supports for the bottom shelf.)
Using seven 1 X 4 boards, cut each of them in two at 48” each. (14
2 will be used for
the top shelf
Next, measure and cut another 2X4 for a centered crosspiece for the bottom
shelf. The length should be 16”, but measure to be sure.
Do not cut the
center cross piece for the counter top yet.
Building the countertop:
11. Starting at the front, lay in place the first 48” 1X4 slat. The board should be flush with the edge of the legs and cross pieces. Drill 2 guide holes on each side of the board. Using the 1 1/4“ screws and wood glue, attach the board.
Space the next 1X4 board 1/4” behind the first. (Use a 1/4”
drill bit as a guide). Drill and attach as before. Repeat this process
for the next 4 boards.
13. The last board will need to be notched around the vertical back legs. Measure and cut out the wood to allow the board to notch around the vertical leg. Do not throw away that scrap piece. Use that scrap piece as a support brace under the board. (See photo.)
One will be for the
front edge of the countertop.
Attach one of the 1X6’s to the front of the bench. It should be flush with the top of the countertop and flush with the edges of the legs.
Next, repeat this process for the back of the counter top. This back piece should be flush with the countertop.
Above the back edge piece, attach the back splash.
With the front and back 1X4’s in place, measure and cut a 2X4 for the center cross piece. It should be 22.5” in length, but measure to be sure.
There should be one left over piece of 1X4 board. Use this piece to cut
3 support brackets. Cut each piece 7” long. Next, along one side
measure in 5” and cut a 45-degree angle cut. This will create the
finished edge to the bracket.
18. Next, attach the remaining 1X4 48” boards to these brackets. Again, remember to space the boards _” apart. (The back of the rear 1X4 board should be flush with the backside of the vertical legs.
With these boards attached, attach the last 1X6 board behind the shelf.
Position it so that it is approx. 1.5” is above the shelf and 3”
are below the shelf. This way you have a backing to hang tools from. Secure
this board both to the vertical leg pieces as well as to the shelf. See
arrows in picture below.
Finally, attach the third bracket piece to the underside of the shelf.
This bracket should be screwed into the backboard, but it is not critical
to screw the shelves to this bracket.
21. Sand with medium and medium fine sandpaper.
22. Apply at least 3 coats of heavy-duty outdoor polyurethane. (Sand down varnish between each coating.) Be sure to coat the bottom of the legs. If the floor gets wet, this prevents the wood from ‘wicking’ up any water and causing damage.
23. Finally, I recommend screwing on some type of plastic or rubber feet to the bottom (again, to keep it out of any possible puddles.)
24. Additionally, a good thing about this work bench unit is it isn't too large to bring with you if you ever decide or need to relocate. Any number of ABF moving companies have vehicles that are large enough to make sure you don't need to leave your hard work behind.
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