Building An Outdoor Workbench

Shortly after starting work on my 8 ft x 16 ft workshop addition, I knew I needed an outdoor workbench.

I wanted a workbench for:

  1. Cross cutting wood with my Chop Saw
  2. Clamping & cutting wood with my Circular Saw & Jig Saw
  3. For laying down various hand tools & hardware

I wanted a workbench that I could put together quickly, & that would be cheap to build.
The workbench went together quickly, & I was able to build it from wood I had left over from building the floor for the new addition.

The workbench top frame is made out of 2 x 6 lumber, a 96″ x 36″ x 1/2″ OSB top, and 4 x 4 pressure treated legs.

The 35-1/2″ workbench height lines up with the belt on my pants. I found this height to work out well for me, for using power tools.

The workbench has turned out to be very sturdy. I have dragged it around in the backyard, by grabbing one end, and pulling on it, to relocate it in the backyard.

This is one of those projects that easily lends itself to being improved upon. For example, instead of an OSB top, 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 boards could be used. Stretchers or diagonal bracing could be added, between the 4 x 4 legs.

The image below shows the 2 x 6 framing with the workbench turned upside down.

The Top View Sketch below provides dimensional data.

The Side View Sketch below provides additional dimensional data.

The image below shows how each 4 x 4 leg is fastened to the 2 x 6 wood framing. Ten deck screws (3-1/2″ length) were used to fasten each 4 x 4 leg to 2 x 6 wood framing. Five deck screws on each of two adjacent sides of each 4 x 4 leg, for a total of ten deck screws.


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