How to Build a Sturdy Workbench Using Cheap Wood

How to Build a Sturdy Workbench Using Cheap Wood

How to Build a Sturdy and Affordable Workbench from cheap 2×4, 2×6, or 2×8 lumber
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  1. mrk107 on February 1, 2023 at 3:57 am

    $36 for one board?

  2. Bal Loney on February 1, 2023 at 3:58 am

    I wish I had all the equipment you used to make this nice bench. Right now, I only have a cheap $1.25 plus tax hammer I bought from Dollar Tree. I consider this not a DIY.

  3. Lisa Valiton on February 1, 2023 at 4:00 am

    I don’t know where my question disappear to but it was a long one… Essentially I would like to make a “practice“ one of these by making a small islands to go in our tiny home. We are building a tiny home with absolutely no experience, and absolutely no clue, so we are muddling through – two steps forward one step back. But I have a few questions. I only have the basic tools Dash chopsaw, circular saw, sabre son, drill, KREGG pocket hole Joleane, belts and palm sander ‘s, and my grandfather‘s manual hand planer. Do you think I can make a kitchen island and then any more offence similar to this with those tools?

  4. Alicia P on February 1, 2023 at 4:01 am

    Hey Brad! Just want to thank you for this video. I used this as a guide to build a craft table in my garage. I built a 6x5x3 foot table, and it’s beautiful. I’ve never built anything that didn’t already come pre-cut, with all of the necessary materials. I used 2x4s and then purchased 10 6ft pine slabs that are 1in wide and 1in thick for the top and lower table. I don’t have all the fancy tools most of you guys have, so it took a bit longer than I anticipated. I used my clamps and glue to glue each piece together and then filled any holes with filler, and finally sanded it all. I dig the natural look, so I added a clear sealer to the top. It’s not perfect, but it’s damn good! Thanks again

  5. manuel britto on February 1, 2023 at 4:04 am

    I like your work, so I decided to subscribe to the channel
    Fix This Build That a hug from Brazil. !

  6. Ahmed Hussain on February 1, 2023 at 4:05 am

    astaghfirullah cross finger might as well say touch wood. lol

  7. Marcus Betancourt on February 1, 2023 at 4:06 am

    Cool dude. It really, really is. Heck Bob Villa could sure as heck learn a lot from you. Keep up the good work. And thank you so very, very much. Have a Blessed New Year Amigo. Adios.

  8. El Dooderino on February 1, 2023 at 4:08 am

    How did you secure the top? pocket holes?

  9. Luis H on February 1, 2023 at 4:08 am

    That was really cool, from the build itself to the nice editing. All around a great video.

  10. ColFrankFitz on February 1, 2023 at 4:09 am

    $150 for the lumber and $11k for the tools: table saw – $5000, planer $3500, cnc $2300, track saw $500 😀

  11. Nicool333 on February 1, 2023 at 4:09 am

    Learned a lot watching this. Thanks

  12. Chill Builds on February 1, 2023 at 4:10 am

    A video accomplishing the same end result without the need for thousands of dollars of tools would be pretty cool.

  13. C Michael Hoover on February 1, 2023 at 4:10 am

    One of my problems when working on a bench is that I ended up with tools in the way of what ever I was working on. I put a 12" deep shelf under the front edge of the bench, spaced back a couple of inches and about 6" under and with a 1" lip on the back side. I then shove tools on the shelf so that they are ready for use without being in the way. I then started using a couple of plastic storage bins on the shelf and leave some things permanently in the bins so that they are always readily available.

  14. Utkarsh S on February 1, 2023 at 4:11 am


  15. Joe Whitney on February 1, 2023 at 4:13 am

    Great video, great bench. Leaving the bottom open until you have time to decide what you really want under it is a great idea.

  16. Snivvels Lurderagementai on February 1, 2023 at 4:14 am

    can’t find this cheap wood anywhere around here

  17. Jose Rios on February 1, 2023 at 4:14 am

    I couldn’t see how you attached the top to the frame. How did you do it?

  18. Thomas Helesic on February 1, 2023 at 4:14 am

    Geez for a "dust free" shop that sure is a pretty intense respirator. I don’t know if you just do it for the camera but you seem to be picky when you wear the mask. 🙂Great project though.

  19. Mikey V on February 1, 2023 at 4:18 am

    Love this build, combining the 2×4’s to make the legs is brilliant, and lends to a strong and warp resistant solution. Out of all the video’s I’ve seen, I’m going with this solution, thanks Brad, you have awesome channel.

  20. FasterThanJesus on February 1, 2023 at 4:21 am

    37 Dollars is roughly 36 Euro, that 12×2 in Ireland is 75Euro or to put it in real terms equivalent to everyone, its 4.6 hours work for everyone on the average industrial wage after all government taxes are taken. So yeah not cheap at all

  21. Stevie van Hendrix on February 1, 2023 at 4:22 am

    man… will I ever do this?

  22. boudi bla on February 1, 2023 at 4:22 am

    it’s called a brad point bit

  23. MissMaddieMack on February 1, 2023 at 4:25 am

    Very handy video! I want to eventually build myself a nice and big sewing/crafts table and this video is a really nice template to work off of when I finally get it together with my dad to do so 🙂

  24. WOW Yummyyy on February 1, 2023 at 4:25 am

    L I K E 👍 👍 👍 👍👍 🤩🤩 🤩🤩 🤩🤩 💯💯 ❣🤍❣ 💯

  25. Edward Heavrin on February 1, 2023 at 4:26 am

    make a workbench for $150… pulls out CNC machine LOL

  26. Brad Fry on February 1, 2023 at 4:28 am

    Haha I call them me nails too.

  27. dondale68 on February 1, 2023 at 4:29 am

    Do like that playing card with the hole. Great idea!

  28. tal gn on February 1, 2023 at 4:32 am

    So this a video on how to build a work bench, on a preowned work bench? And a fully stocked workshop 😂?

  29. Ryan Cappo on February 1, 2023 at 4:33 am

    Is there a reason not to use 4"x4" posts for the top?

  30. Alex Snow on February 1, 2023 at 4:33 am

    can i have your old table? lol

  31. Chanjai Park on February 1, 2023 at 4:36 am

    I am wondering how this workbench is holding up so far…IMO construction lumber needs to be dried at home for at least 2-3 months because they are usually too wet to build something right off the bat.

  32. William Taylor on February 1, 2023 at 4:38 am


  33. Dave RMM on February 1, 2023 at 4:39 am

    What nail gun are you using? I looking to buy one

  34. Top Water on February 1, 2023 at 4:40 am

    That is an awesome bench!

  35. Steve Sullivan on February 1, 2023 at 4:42 am

    Thank you !!!! Omg I’ve done the same, unsubscribed on every one of these average woodworking channels. Im a building contractor for over 32 years and tired of listening to all the product ads and sponsorship ads. Not using construction lingo description. I subscribed to your channel, so looking for some actual projects and description based so the average do it yourselfers can understand. I just enjoy watching someone do what I do in my shop. Thanks again and good luck.

  36. Lisa Valiton on February 1, 2023 at 4:42 am

    I would like to build one of these, but first I need to ask a few questions. I’d like to “practice“ by building a smaller version without holes for my kitchen island in our tiny home. But before I even do that, I have a few more questions.
    1) I do not have any fancy equipment. I have a chopsaw, a circular saw, a belt sander, palm sander, drill, staple gun and framing nailer. The staple gun shoots brads up to 1 1/2 inches I believe, maybe 2 inches. Can I do one of these?
    2-secondly, where can I get one of those thingies that helps you cut a straight line with your circular saw? Is it made by KREGG? I do have that starter system for the pocket hole driller.
    Thank you very much for sharing your time and your talent with us!.

  37. Diane Schlak on February 1, 2023 at 4:43 am

    Like the bench. Think I’d like a side apron like 12 inches with dog holes.

  38. louis armstrong on February 1, 2023 at 4:44 am

    It’s like anything that a person makes if you have the tools and the equipment a person can build anything, and I see you have all the toys and a good dust extractor that is the most important piece of equipment in a workshop dust or fumes, and it’s all about the finish product and what a person can achieve 👍

  39. Matt Thornton on February 1, 2023 at 4:45 am

    Should have ran the boards through a jointer before glueing

  40. William Sutton on February 1, 2023 at 4:45 am

    To make a dog hole template, instead of using a CNC, which MOST of the rest of us do not even have, just use the top of your old bench as a guide for the dog holes of the new bench.

  41. Panda - Three Monkeys Racing on February 1, 2023 at 4:47 am

    Awesome job on the bench sir! I am needing a new bench and think I just found the build to use. I may add an apron to the front like a Nicholson workbench. Love your channel. You put out a lot of great videos, keep them comin’!

  42. Sal Lobello on February 1, 2023 at 4:48 am

    what year it was that cost $150

  43. Buddy Farr on February 1, 2023 at 4:49 am

    not sure if you will see this among all the comments but would like to know what make/model of planer and jointer you have.

  44. Deadly Rez Builder on February 1, 2023 at 4:49 am


  45. Chad on February 1, 2023 at 4:50 am

    Didn’t expect to buy footwear based on watching a woodworking video, but slip on safety toe shoes were too good to ignore. Ordered some, thanks.

  46. Dash DIgitaL on February 1, 2023 at 4:50 am

    very cool. i need to get some tools

  47. Sage Frye on February 1, 2023 at 4:51 am

    I’m building a budget reloading bench here soon and was hoping to follow this as a guide, but needing hundreds of dollars for tools I don’t have isn’t going to work for my budget build 😅

  48. Other Than Intended Purpose on February 1, 2023 at 4:52 am

    very nice bench, I still don’t have any work bench in my tiny garage shop. the cost of lumber, and the shorter work days because of my health have stopped me from making one.

  49. Martin Leclerc on February 1, 2023 at 4:52 am

    Excellent, exactly what I was looking for but I have one simple question. What is the thickness of the table top? Thank

  50. Bron on February 1, 2023 at 4:53 am

    Great Job!