How to make a DIY workbench with pallets

hi I'm Craig Phillips and in this video I want to show you how to build your own work bench using recycled pallet wood the tools you're going to require an electric chop saw if you don't have one of them hand saw is okay cordless drills screws a clamp tape measure pencil electric sander drill bit and some glue now the first stage is to decide how high you actually want the work bench to be I've chosen seven hundred and seventy millimeters for the legs now the legs have got to be nice and stable so what we are going to do is taking off the slack off the standard pallets you have these skid sections underneath around about four inches by two nice and thick I'm going to use them for the legs will mark off for them at seven hundred and seventy millimeters shot these down so we caught forward them to the same side right that's now the four legs or coordination the next thing is we want to use a similar piece of timber which is a 3 B 2 again it's the skid that are used on the underside of the pallet but I'm going to create a frame for the top of the table a rectangular shape you've got to decide how long do you want and how wide you want it I'm going to choose it to be about 900 millimeters wide and about 600 millimeters in depth that's one side of the frame I'm going to cut another one at 600 millimeters and then two of them at 900 millimeters to make that rectangular shape so that's our four pieces quarter now for the tabletop and the frame all we got to do now is screw these together and create a rectangular shape like this when you use my pencil and mark up the whip of what this wood is and same again on the opposite side when it's a narrow F I'll drill right in the center of that two holes for the pilot holes same again the opposite side plenty your glue on them corners place it on a corner this workbench so now I'm getting it nice and square using large 80 millimeter screws same again on the opposite side place you the side into position again marking it with your pencil drill your pilot holes until you glue nice and square to the corner drive your screws in our legs we can start to fit them by placing them into position again we'll drill some pilot holes in here plenty you glue around that corner and simply screw it into position glue on two sides of the timber where it meets the corner that nice and flush of the underside bottom of the table and again nice long 80 millimeter screws holding them firmly in position once you've got wanting you repeat the same on the other three now that's the four legs and the top frame of the table constructed the next stages is to fix the slat across the top the standard size of the slats are usually about a metre or 1200 millimeters in length so I'm going to place one on one end offer it up so it's flush and then make a pencil mark on the other end when the chopped-up down and then repeat that with nine separate pieces to cover the entire top so that's nine pieces all caught up beside we can place playing to your glue all the way along the top frame to help fix them slacks down nice and secure first piece should be placed off nice and square with the top frame a little clamps for the very first one before it's grooved now double-checking it's flush with a couple of pilot holes we always wanted up two screws at least in each end same again in the opposite end I want to fix alongside a but what I also want to do is just put a little line of glue along the top of here to make it nice and tight against there and strong again you can use your clamp squeeze that together you may get a little bit of glue squeezing through the joint but that's not a problem offer it up make sure it's nice and flush on the sides a couple more pilot drills stop the wood splitting both end and it's screwed down and then of course we do the same with your vii till we've completely covered the top and likewise with the front one and the back one we also screwed that down to the frame above it there so that's now the top of the bench courts and fixed into position you might find that you might have a little bit of spring in there depending on how long you make it if you do find you've got a little bit of spring between there you can also cause another section here glue it underneath and should glue it down that will stabilize it and of course if you're making this a lot longer you may need to put them in about every 500 millimetres apart now the top of the wave bench is complete it's nice and solid what we've got to focus on is the legs themselves if there is an excessive weight on the top the legs could have a tendency of moving out or even fallen to one side what we need to do is brace it up so again we can use the slat off the pallet fixing them all the way around the bottom so we start by placing it up to the top of the legs flush on one side mark on the other side we cook back down we do the same for the opposite side and then we simply fix these into position and after 4b trails all the way around the legs keeping it nice and stable what we can do now is put some more flats across here and this can act as a lower shelf that's about right nice and flush on all of their edges and then we can start to palatal them again and fix them into position as pay normal with the most like two screws example [Music] now that's the bottom shelf complete before we build the back section to it what's wise to do is give it a good sand and down fit and I'm going to use a belt side [Music] now for the back board of the workbench very simple construction have started off with the two pieces of 3 B 2 which is the skids at the bottom of the pallets and then I've talked to slapped off re screwed them down with just a small gap like what we did on the bottom shelf so that's nice and secure on there what I'm going to do is lift that into position sit it directly on top of the bench of course quickly slap down to the length of what the bench is but these timbers that are coming down the back I've also applied a small section on there what that's going to do is allow me to screw into there and keep that national price so we've got a square angle from here I'm going to use some falling screws this time I've already pre drill some pilot holes we'll line them up let's ensure flush with that edge and simply screw that into position now that is nice and solid square and look right to the bench you've probably noticed that I've also fixed in another slack directly to the top of it to hang over a little small shelf put a pre-drilled some small holes in there these are ideal for storing tools and simple and easy to do with a hole cut their pain you can even cut small little notch out and slide your hammer into holding position and that's how easy it is to make a workbench from recycled pallets if you'd like to see some more great DIY tips visit the website [Music] you

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