By: Danny Lipford on Today's Homeowner
I would like to build a built-in workbench in the garage, attached to the beans of the structure.
This is the only online resource I could find and is very close to what I want to do.
I will use his guide below as a template to my questions.
(Questions are in bold italic embedded within)
While the garage often doubles as a home workshop, it’s hard to get much done without a sturdy workbench. This simple built-in bench runs the entire length of the garage wall and attaches directly to the exposed studs. It’s easy to build and can be completed in just a few hours. Here’s how it’s done:
Mark the height for the bench, minus ¾” for the top, and pop a chalk line along the wall. Most workbenches are about 34” high, but you can adjust yours to whatever height is most comfortable.
The chalk line will be straight but not necessarily level, right? How do I ensure it is level?
Cut pieces of 2” x 4” lumber 20” long to serve as horizontal supports for the bench. You’ll need one for each support plus an extra one at each end of the wall. Depending on the thickness of your plywood top, the spacing of the studs, and how sturdy a bench you want, plan on a support every 16? to 32.”
*Are there different types of 2x4 lumber or just a standard one? *
Wont be going to the end of each wall...
Braces for the supports are cut from ¾” plywood and shaped like a right triangle with 16” legs on each side. Cut one for each support on the wall.
Just one, shouldn't there be support on both sides of the 2x4?
Glue and screw the supports and braces together, with the plywood brace extending 3½” past the support to allow it to be attached to the stud.
Is this just that Elmer's wood glue?
What type of screws? Can it be nails?
Attach the 2” x 4” supports at each end of the wall, checking to be sure they are level.
So I am not planning on going to the end of the wall, what modifications do I need to make?
Nail or screw the support braces to the side of the wall studs, checking for level.
The 2x4 doesn't directly attach to the wall stud? This is where I thought there should be another triangle brace one on the other side...?
Nail a 2” x 4” the length of the wall along the front of the support braces.
Cut a 2’ wide top from ¾” plywood, and nail it on top of the supports.
Can I stain and gloss it? This is the same type of wood as used with the triangle brackets?
Nail a 1” x 4” board along the back of the workbench to keep items from rolling off the bench and falling behind it.
How do I scale everything if I want the workbench to be 3 feet wide, instead of the 2 feet wide int his example (i.e. the triangle supports, etc?)