Handyman Workbench

My toolbag has started to overflow with tools while preparing for and moving into my new home. Pry bars, wrench sets, etc have started piling up and weighing me down. I decided it was time to invest a weekend into making a workbench for the garage. I followed instructions from Family Handyman. I made a few modifications along the way.

The whole table can be constructed with 15 2×4’s, a 4×8′ sheet of plywood, and some 3″ and 1 5/8″ drywall screws. Even though the guide mentions using nails, I had the same length screws on hand.


I decided to use 3/4″ plywood instead of the recommended 1/2″ for a more sturdy tabletop.

Pegboard cut and installed, I decided to put the board behind the bench instead of in front to increase table real estate. Soon after doing this I realized a large portion of the board wouldn’t be usable due to the support running through the middle.


I should have bought 2 boxes of 3″ screws, I ran out about 75% of the way through. I did not know what “CDX” plywood meant, or that one side of the board had a nicer finish than the other. I had to flip the board over after installing it. I used 3 2ft LED light fixtures for illumination. I immediately regretted the decision on using this particular piece. The first time I hammered on the bench 2 of the 3 light covers fell off. I will need to get those secured better. The light they give off though is excellent, it makes the table appear as if it’s sitting outside on a sunny day. Next up is sanding, polyurethane, and figuring out how to hang up all the tools!

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