Work Bench Build for the Hack A Week Shop!

Here it is, hack #2!

It’s a work bench I’ve made for my new shop. I used 2″ x 2″ lumber for the frame with one 2″ x 4″ under the work surface to help stiffen it over the 8′ span. The sheets of wood are OSB (oriented Strand Board) which is inexpensive and strong. It’s made from strips of wood chips glued and pressed together. The sheets I used are 5/8″ x 2′ x 8′ and cost about $8 per sheet. I used 1 5/8″ drywall screws for most of the assembly and a few 3″ drywall screws at the corner points. The paint is Glidden Porch and Floor paint and costs about $21 per gallon. I had the light fixture already but they can be purchased for about $25 with bulbs and come with a plug in cord. I installed two power strips with the leads running out the rear of the back board.

I wanted a place to put my oscilloscopes up and out of the way yet in a place that I could easily access and see them when in use. I decided to make an overhead suspended shelf for them. This design keeps the area below them free to be used while working on projects.

The whole bench cost less than $100 to build and I put it together in two evenings time. I really like the large work area and overhead lighting. All that is needed now it to mount my tool rack to it and it’s ready to use!

Here’s some drawings with dimensions if you’d like to build this bench. I’ve omitted the o-scope shelf.

Here’s the time lapse video of the build:

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Self taught electronics and hardware hacker.
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5 Responses to Work Bench Build for the Hack A Week Shop!

  1. lostcauz says:

    Great build Dino! Plenty of room in your new shop. Can’t wait for the next hack.

  2. Adam Ward says:

    Great video Dino. I found the dogs’ antics quite amusing too.

    I reckon that underside of the oscilloscope shelf could be a good place to put a few white LEDs (or a small strip light?) to give further illumination to the right side of the bench area.

    You’ve got some skills there, man.

  3. tomvleeuwen says:

    Nice workbench, but it looks like there is quite some compliance in the table (at about 6:10). Shoud you consider adding some extra 2×3’s under the table?

    • Dino says:

      Thanks! I did add a 2″ x 4″ under the working surface. It helped a lot. I also eliminated the o-scope shelf and simply placed the the o-scope at the left end of the bench. It just made more sense being as the bench is so large. I mostly use the larger Tektronics 7633 anyway so now I just store the Tek 453 up on the top. I think I’ll loan that one out to my hacker space. 🙂

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