How To Build A Workbench with a Solid Core Door for $35 | Crafted Workshop

alright guys what's going on I'm Johnny Brook welcome back to another craft and magazine video today we're going to be building a workbench this is our first kind of DIY home improvement article have a lot of these plans so hopefully you enjoy this is a very simple workbench plan from wood gears that's EA I'll throw a link to the plan in the description and article below but all you need are a few easy to find pieces of lumber so first of all you're going to use an old solid core door you want to make sure it is solid wood all the way through is that's going to be our work bench top I found two of these on Craigslist for about 10 bucks you're going to need two two by sixes that are eight feet long and you're going to need two two by fours that are also eight feet long and then you're going to need a 5/8 inch piece of dowel about four feet long so in total I spent about thirty bucks on this project including the Forstner bit which I'm going to be using a drill the holes for the dowel so very cheap and should build a very solid workbench so let's go ahead and start getting the cuts done the first step is going to be to cut 20 inches off of the 2 by 8 and then break down the two by fours into a few different pieces 30 inch pieces for the legs and then 20 inch pieces for the leg support structure so I'm going to do the cuts now with my miter saw you certainly don't have to use a miter so you could use a circular saw but I have miter saw on hand so that's what I'm going to use all right so as you can see I've kind of jigged this up to make this a little more stable so this is the first of the leg joints we go ahead and pop a couple screws in here and that will keep it nice and stable while we're drilling the 5/8 inch holes for the dowels I'm just using a drill bit Here I am using the DeWalt 20 volt max lithium ion this is the drill and I've also got the impact driver is a phenomenal set here made in America highly recommended if you're in the market for a new one very very beefy setup come on alright so now that we have just braced up I can just go here and drill a couple 5/8 inch holes again these don't have to be perfectly straight because these are linked together in the dowel will still slide in even if they're not perfectly straight so I've got the drill set on drill mode and I've got my 5/8 inch Forstner bit also as you can see I'm going the full length of the of the bit so that way I can just measure exactly to length from my dowel that'll make it nice and easy let's do one more here now we've got two really nice holes there I'm going to remove some of the extra particles here I'm going to pop off the screws add some glue and then we'll pound our dowel then alright so I had a little tight bond now you step on three just because it's supposed to have the most holding power is where the screws really come in handy yeah those two are join and then I'm going to throw a little more glue in the holes here all right so I've got my dowel cut the size and then I just add a little glue to it now I'm going to pound it in felt a definite yeah there you go I will probably hit that with a little bit of sandpaper after it dries but that's a really nice strong joint so now I've got to do this four more times basically another one on the other side of this and then twice more for the other set of legs so I'm going to go do those and then I'll be back so one thing you will notice is if you're using for stab it there's a ton of sawdust that gets collected in the hole so I just kind of stir it around with a screw try to scoop some out and then just flip it over knock it I probably to do that a couple times so just to illustrate what I do to cut the dowels to length I just line it up roughly with the end of the bit take my pencil mark a line I'll just make two dowels the exact same time and there you go there's the first LX finish Elmer do this one more time and we'll be back okay so now that we have the 2 by 6 and a 2 by 4 legs joined we need to add the 2 by 4 string between to complete the leg section of the workbench so essentially the same thing instead of using two dowels we're going to use one dowel in the center so it's two by fours not super wide and probably not that wide to support two dowels same process as before so once you got the screws in place drill a hole for fill your hole for your Dell I'm going to do the same thing on the other side I'm going to be using pocket holes to secure the door to the rest of the frame this is certainly an optional step you can use screws through the top you can add some blocks to the frame and use those to screw up into the bottom of the door there are a number of ways but I just happen to have this Creek k4 system and want to go ahead and use it just because it's going to make it a lot easier for me to remove the door in the future if and when I need to replace it so I've got it I've already got it set up so this is an inch and a half Y that's a two by six so the actual size is one and a half wide so I've set in the depth of the cut to an inch and a half and I've set the drill bit with the guide here to an inch and a half and now I'm just going to add probably three pocket holes here and then I'm going to add a number to the two by six stringers that run along the long side of the door so let's go ahead and do that so you can see just how easy that was if you're interested in doing some more fine woodworking styled stuff highly recommend the correct system this is the k4 it runs about $100 and comes with the jig here the drill bit a bunch of different screws to kind of test out it comes with the driver bit for driving in the screws and it's really a pretty complete system besides just some more screws if you need those for the work piece also I want to talk a little bit about the soft forces that this is all resting on these are the horse saw horses they are awesome awesome portable saw horses they fold up in about 15 seconds and our just incredible incredible pieces of work so we're going to do a full video on those in the future we just wanted to mention those real quick in case you're in the market for sawhorse since I've been working without a workbench for the past couple months after moving in this new house these saw horses have been indispensable so I'm gonna go ahead and drill some more pocket holes on the stringers alright so the next step is to take about an inch off of the two by six this is just going to short enough to tell the length of touch and make it fit the door a little better interesting next step in the plans is to cut a dado joint into the stringer I'm just going to use a regular old butt joint and basically just glue and screw these stringers onto the edge and I think it should work out okay in the end I think there's gonna be plenty of strength here I can always beef it up if I need to so I'm going to go ahead and measure three and a half inches in on each of these in and then go ahead and glue and screw onto the legs here so what I'm doing now is just bracing some of these corners with some two inch drywall screws and this is going through the two by six in the two left foreleg but not into the two by six horizontal member so I've got four two and a half inch drywall screws going all the way through the two by six two I four and two by six and then I went to do probably six of the two inch drywall screws just a little more strength since I didn't do the data joints okay so now I'm going to join the top to the frame with the pocket hole screws got about two inches on either side here and two and a half inches from the end of the frame to the end of the door so let's go ahead and pop in some screws I only have ten five-year-old screws that came with the kit so I'll be using ten screws alright so as you can see the workbench is complete it turned out great I mean it's super solid I can easly it you know supports my weight without budging I'm about 195 pounds so only this is going to have any problem with a table mount to drill press table mount bandsaw advise and then I kind of stuff all of which I plan on adding at some point the same plan that I use for this table also has an additional component with drawers that you can add very simple don't have to buy any drawer hardware it's all out of wood so it's very cheap I will also link to that in the description below so thanks for watching guys again I'll put the link to the plan in the description below I'll also put links to the tools I used until next time thanks next meow

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