If you ever build a workshop in your garage or shed, the first thing you need is a workbench. Now a workbench is all well and good, you can find tons of tutorials on how to make one. But wouldn’t it be convenient if the workbench had sliding drawers for storing tools? If you are interested in doing so, follow this guide.
You start to get interested in DIY and you are planning on making your own workshop. Many people have taken up quite a lot of interests while they have been bound to their homes. This year has given a lot of people time to enjoy many interesting hobbies. But no matter what kind of DIY you are interested in, you will need a workbench.
Why Do You Need a Workbench?
While a workbench does look appealing in terms of appearance, it is also expensive. You might end up feeling regretful buying it, especially when you know you can build it yourself. So why not take up the tools to make it a DIY project?
Why would you need a workbench though if you want to pursue your hobbies? It is plain and simple, for any sort of work, you need a large flat surface on which you can lay your tools and work on your projects. This is exactly the kind of stable ground a workbench provides you with.
A straight and stable surface is often difficult to find elsewhere in the house. If there is one, it is already occupied with something else. Besides a workbench is also rough and rugged. This way when you put heavy tools on it, you do not damage it.
A workbench also helps to declutter tools. This prevents you from losing items when you need them the most. But if you had a workbench with a sliding drawer, it would make it that much easier.
What Are Some Good Uses for Workbench Drawers?
We can all agree that we know how we can put the workbench drawers to good use. It might differ from person to person though. Let us explore a few good uses of a workbench with drawers.
We all know how annoying it can be when you’re not able to find the right tools at the right time. Having a workbench can make your life so much easier as it also comes with a drawer. You can store your tools and other accessories inside the drawer for immediate access. This way, you wouldn’t be rummaging through the house to find what you’re looking for.
Organizing Tools and Equipment
While rummaging through a drawer to find a tool is less painful than searching the whole house, it’s still time-consuming. If you had multiple drawers, you could organize your tools and equipment in them. This way you would know what kind of tool is going to be in which drawer. This saves time and keeps things tidy.
Prevents the Tools from Falling Into Hands of Children
If you have children, you would know how hard it is to keep them away from things you don’t want them to touch. The last thing you would want is your kid running around the house with a sharp blade or screwdriver. It could easily hurt the kid or the people around them. Drawers can be fitted with locks to keep children away from objects that may potentially be harmful to them.
How to Build a Workbench with Drawers
A workbench is not that difficult to make. Attaching the drawers is not difficult either, you just need the right tools and equipment for the job. But one thing you will definitely need is wood. Starting with a wide board for the top, sturdy timber for the legs, nails to join the whole affair.
For the drawers, you will need drawer slides. These can be easily found at your local hardware shop. You can also order these online off of tool selling sites. There are a few kinds of drawer slides though, you should buy the ones that you need.
First up you need to find a flat surface to place the wide wood on. You just need it once since you will be using the workbench you build later on for other projects. The flat surface is important because you want your benchtop to be flat as well. You can use a hand planer to flatten out the wide board properly.
To do that, use winding sticks to find out uneven surfaces and mark them with a marker. Use a hand planer and even out the places you have marked out and then check again using winding sticks. Once you are satisfied with the stability and flatness of the benchtop, you can move on to the next step.
You need to build a frame for the legs. Of course, you can just nail the legs under the benchtop and call it a day. But the workbench may become unstable if too much force is exerted on it. For that, you need to build a proper frame with the legs connected not only to the top but with each other as well.
Also, make sure the legs are tall to give your workbench good height. A tall workbench is much better for using power tools and performing intricate tasks.
Once you are done building the frame, it is time to join the benchtop with the legs. You can nail it to the legs and use some small pieces of wood for additional support where the legs and benchtop are joined. You can nail these supports to both parts of the bench and fasten them tightly.
Once your workbench is complete and assembled, it is time to build the drawers. You can build the drawers out of wood. Build a rectangle with wooden planks and place a wide plan under it. Join these together and you have a drawer in which you can place items.
For the drawers to function, you would require drawer slides. The slides come with two parts, a slider on which the drawer will slide on, and a frame that fits on the drawer and helps it slide on the slider part. So you need to attach the frame to the drawer’s sides.
Once that is done, attach the drawer slides under the benchtop. You should use additional wooden boards to attach the slides on. Make sure that the slides are aligned perfectly with each other and are parallel.
Slide in the drawer to the slides. Do that by sliding in the frame part of the slides into the slider where it will then be able to move back and forth effortlessly.
This is quite an easy task and can be achieved in a little time, given you have the right tools. Just make sure to buy durable equipment for the workbench and you are good to go once it’s assembled.
Things to be Careful about When Building a Workbench
- When working with saws to cut wood or nails to join wood, always wear protective equipment. Wear goggles so that sawdust does not fly in your eyes and damage them when cutting wood with a saw. Wear a mask as well so the sawdust does not damage your respiratory system. Always wear blade resistant gloves while working with sharp objects.
- Make sure you buy drawer slides that can withstand the weight of your tools. There are different drawer slides rated for different weights. Choose the appropriate one for the job or your workbench drawer might fall off and you can damage the equipment stored in it.
- Make sure that the whole workbench is stable otherwise you will not be able to work on it efficiently. The surface or benchtop should be completely flat. The legs need to be even and should be attached properly. Building a frame helps with stability as well so keep that in mind.
- Use proper sized nails or screws when joining different parts of the workbench. You want to make sure that the whole workbench is joined properly. If by any chance you used a small screw or nail that did not go through all the way into the parts you are trying to join, they might come apart.