How To Build A Workbench | Blake Builds A Workshop Bench


– Aah, welcome back you beautiful people and today’s your lucky day. This is the day I answer that question that I asked you when I
was doing my bike storage in my garage, should I
make a basic workbench? Well, today, I’m going to
show you the super simple way on how to make this. Let’s get cracking. (logo crackling) Okay, before we get started, let’s go through some essential tools that you’re going to need. You’re going to need something
to cut all that wood with. Obviously I’ve got a circular saw here, but if you’re under the age,
use one of those other saws, and use eye protection.
(light music) You want to get yourself a power drill. You can drill all that,
put in those screws. A level, just to make
sure everything’s level. A right angle just to get a straight edge. A pencil, a tape measure, a hammer, anything that you need is just here, oh and some water, don’t forget water. Now let me run over some
of the wood I’ve got. Like I said I was going
to use some reclaimed wood that I found around, laying around, so this is super old stuff. It just needs a bit of a brush off. And this is perfect thickness for a leg. I got some more reclaimed wood. There’s some screws in there. This is old roofing timber
so this is super strong, super solid, and some old
wood that was laying around in a building yard. This is going to be
the top of my workbench and I’ll show you that later on. Got a few of those there. Right, let’s get started. (door cranking) This is where I’m going to
put the workbench, right here, ’cause I haven’t got
electricity in this shed and the closest I can get
to the door the better, ’cause I can use natural light, just to light up this area
that I need to work at. So, let’s board this up first. (tape measure clattering) (saw zooming) (wood scraping) Working on your own
problems (breath blowing) Woo, you freaking dark in here dude. It fits. That’s complete, now it’s
time to make this workbench. Now I’ve done my research
online for the height because that is pretty key on how high you want this workbench. Well, it all depends
on how your height is. I’m five foot and eight
ish, and the rough height that I’m going to go
for is 32 inches high. Now I’m going to work in
inches ’cause it’s super easy. We’re going to make,
basically make a triangle, just like that. Now the height we know is
32 high, 32 inches high. Now the width of this thing is
going to me 26 inches in width, but that all depends on
the wood I’ve got here. The length of it, now I don’t
want to have such a big one, because I haven’t got much
room in there to mess around. I’ve got a small garage. So, the length that I’m going
to make it is 48 inches long, which is pretty good, it’s enough to put stuff on and work on it. Let’s get started. Let’s work out the top and
then work our way down. This is going to be the top of my table, and I want this to be super strong because you’re going to be
using this to hammer in stuff, you’re going to be banging
on this quite a lot, and I don’t want to
use flimsy bits of wood just like this one here ’cause this, you would just puncture this, and if you’re doing drilling on it, it doesn’t matter if you drill into it ’cause you’ve got an inch thick timber. Now, I’m going to lay
these out just like this, and that’s roughly 24 inches wide. It’s not er, it’s not wide enough. I want 26 ’cause 26 is not dead. So, I got another one here
but I’m saying that’s, that’s too wide so I’m
going to cut this one to the right measurement just
to match up with this one. Okay, so I’ve dealt with the top. I know what I need to do there. Now, let’s cut the legs
first to the right height. Now, old timber. 32 inches high, 32. I don’t have enough for two of these legs. (sighing) It’s what happens when
you use old claimed wood. You don’t get, you get mismatched stuff but if you’ve got a budget
and you don’t want to spend too much money on your
build then making do with what you’ve got is, is good anyway. Perfect for legs. It’s like nearly three by three. Now, I do have some more
wood that I could use. Let’s take a look. So I’ve got these bits here. They’re full of screws and all that, so you want to get rid
of all these screws. Especially when you use reclaimed wood, make sure you get rid of all your screws because if you’re using a power saw and you hit one of these nails, it’s going to jolt your
saw, it’s going to break it, it’s going to, not going to be pretty. So I’m going to use two
of these at 32 inches high for my legs, and two of the new ones out of the bottom one there
out of that three inch stuff at 32 inches high. Right, let’s get making these legs. (upbeat music) (saw zooming) Right, two legs done. Now we’ve got our legs cut. Now we want to make this triangle bit. This one’s not quite the same length. I’ve got another piece of
reclaimed in the garden so I’m going to go and get that. Now, 48 inches, the length of the table. Cut that to size. Just want to make sure how
much I need to cut off that. There you go. I want 26 inches in width. So that’s 31 inches. It’s quite a lot. 27.5 is, well it’s my wheel
of choice at the moment and 26 is not dead but, it’s a shame to lose a bit of real estate. I’m going to go 27.5 inches
width but 26 is not dead. It’s still there. 27.5, nice. (upbeat music) There you go. Got rid of that horrible bit there. That’s nasty. Okay, now we’ve cut the
top, we’ve cut our legs, we know the length of the table. Now, we want to make a
triangle that is 27 inches, 27.5 inches in width and
length we want is 48 inches. And you’re just going to
make a big triangle like that and screw it all together. I got this. Now I’ve used the reclaimed
wood for the legs in the front. Now I’ve got this piece
here that I’m going to use for the front as well. So this is going to be the
fascia of my workbench. And then basically my worktop
is going to rest on top of this. Let’s clean this up, cut this
to length and see if it works. And look at that. This is a 48 inches, yay! I know I did cut this bit off,
but it’s still a good piece of solid, solid timber, so I’m
going to use that on the back. So I bought this two by one bit of timber. And this is going to box this section and so I’m going to use this on the sides. 27.5, there you go. Now, this is my fascia
that will be going there. This is the back. This will be going there
just to match up with that. The measurement we want
to need is between here, so we need to box this
in with this new piece of timber I’ve got right here. I need to measure this gap
here, so I can cut this to the right length. Oh, this is going to look so cool man. 23 1/2 inches. I’m going to cut two of them. One here, one there. I don’t think I need to brace the center because this wood is super
super strong and thick. 32 1/2. 23 1/2, measure twice,
cut once, key point. So now, we’ve cut the
tops, we’ve cut the legs and we’ve cut the sides and
we’ve cut the middle bits to box this whole thing together. Now, you can just go and
screw that altogether, but you want to make another one. So, you want to make a small
box down beneath as well. (laughing) Look at that! It’s my workbench, small but, it’s going to fit there perfectly. Now, you could just go
and screw this together but I’m going to do some more cutting, ’cause I want to brace
just these sides here. One there, one down there and the other, that’s just four sides. So we know all the sizes. Whoa, right, that’s the last
of my bits of scrap wood, but I reckon I can use that
to brace roundabout here. I only need one for the front. I’m trying to make it look as
old as possible from the front and then keep all the new
bits hidden at the back. 48 inches and then I’m
going to cut this one too. This is going to be the front one. Sweet, 48 inches. That is going to go there. Nice. I’m going to cut one more of them, and I can use that for
the two sides, the 23.5. Oh oh oh! All right, let’s do some more cutting. (saw zooming) Cool, so I’ve cut two sides, and two, that one’s going to go on the rear, and then that one is
going to be on the front. And then that’s done. I reckon now is to start
screwing it together. Oh man, it’s so so easy to do. It’s the quickest way I could think of to make it, and super cheap as well. And I just had stuff
laying around in my garden, and then I went to a builder’s site, just got some of this old reclaimed stuff. Right, this got screwed together. (upbeat music) Right, so I used some scrap pieces of wood just to screw this altogether
so it’s nice and solid so I can turn it over
and screw in the screws from the top ’cause you can’t really, you don’t want to screw
them from this way. It’s not clever. (light music) Done. Oh man. (groaning) Workbench. This is the top. Now we just got to screw them legs in. Which is super easy to do. Now when it comes to the front, you can go like this
way but then obviously that’s going to, you can go this way but it’s going to impede,
if you want to get anything in quite wide. But if you go this way,
it makes your entrance that, a little bit wider. Plus you’re not going to get
anything in the sides anyway. So, try and make the front
of your workbench as wide as possible so you can move stuff in if you put shelves under that. Now let’s screw these together. Now this is where this
level comes in play. Got to make sure everything is level ’cause it would be super embarrassing if it wasn’t wouldn’t it. Bloody horrible. You always want to pilot hold your drills because you don’t want
to get to this point and then split a piece of wood. So, just drill a hole, just drill it. That’s going to stop
that wood from splitting. (groovy music)
♪ Yep ♪ – This side’s done. Let’s do the other side. ♪ You’re wanted only ♪ ♪ Hmm hmm, you’re hmm ♪ ♪ Hmm, you’re wanted only ♪ – Finished! We have a bench that can stand on its own. We just need to brace it a little bit more because I don’t think it’s that structurally strong just yet. Yep, yeah, huh. Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, I
don’t like the look of this. Don’t like it. I’ve got this, this bit here. See that, I’m going to put that there. Just to finish it off. I just need to brace with these bits now, down the front, down
the sides, out the back, and we’ve got a workbench. Workbench to work on. Nice! Oh oh, this thing weighs a ton. So heavy. Okay, now how far do you
want these off the ground? Well, I suggest six
inches from the bottom, from the floor, down, six inches. So that will be the bottom of that. So measure six inches on both legs. ♪ Hmm hmm, yep ♪ – It’s done! Right, let’s get, oh
it’s even more heavier. Oh ah! (laughing) Look at it, it’s finished! I can’t believe it. I’m going to put a shelf
underneath there for sure because it needs a shelf. I might see if I can get out of all of that bits of scrap behind me. And I think I’ve got a few
more little bits in my shed that can go on there. Then I just need that vise
but that bench looks insane. Let me put it in there and
then I’ll show you around. Okay, before I show you around, I’m going to finish
off this side bit here. So, I’m going to measure this up
and I’m going to put a little bit of a lip on it so if any spanners or bolts or anything tends to roll,
it’s not going to roll off and I’m not going to lose it on the floor. So if I put a little lip
here, about an inch high, that’s going to give
enough, enough bit of lip so nothing can fall away
down or off the table and I lose something very important. So I’m going to use this bit. Plus it’s also going to
cover this up as well. So, I’m going to measure that up, and I’m going to put this
on the side about an inch, an inch, about there, an inch high. So I’m going to measure that, inch it, put it there, cut it off, then
I’ve got a nice little lip and plus it finishes this off very nicely. I’m using every single
bit of wood I’ve got because why not. I’ve got loads of little bits of scrap. I don’t know what to do with it next. They’re getting to a point where they’re getting a bit too small. Look at that and that, terrible. Let’s cut this. 27.5 inches. I just had a funny thought. I’m already using my workbench. Right now, look at it, it’s working. Job well done. Money well spent if you spent some money. And if you went and did some research and found some wood
somewhere else to salvage, well done you. And well done you for getting this far and building this thing. So easy, so so easy. Right, I’m going to cut this, put that on, measure it up, make sure it’s level and then pretty much finished. (drill rumbling) Done. Side bits are on. Nothing’s going to fall off the sides. (puffing) Now I think we
should build the shelf. And then we’re pretty much
going to wrap this thing up. Right, okay, so it’s in there, this is where I want it. I’ve (groaning) I’ve
screwed it to the wall so it’s super sturdy, but
before we get to the end, and we put the cherry on the top, I’m going to make this
shelf on the bottom. I don’t have enough bit pieces
of wood to put down there. So I’ve got some spare ply
that I’m just going to cut up and put in there. So, let’s do that first before putting the cherry on the top. (drill zooming) Oh ha, that is done. A little shelf under that
and I can store stuff, like my camera bag,
that can go under there. (laughing) Done, look at that. So so good. Now I’m going to tidy up and have a go. Ho ho ho, super happy with
what I’ve come up with. This workbench has come out a treat. Reclaimed wood, didn’t
spend that much money on it, only a few bits and bobs that I needed to that I didn’t really have. Got myself a vise from my dad. Thanks for donating this to me. I am so happy how this has come out with. I’m happy with this is all coming up with, my bike storage, my workbench, all I need to do is sort
out my junk over there. Let me know in the comments down below if you want to see me
organize all my nuts and bolts and all my junk, let us know
in the comments down below. Hopefully this has inspired
you to get out there and get some reclaimed
wood and make one of these for yourself, maybe make one for your dad or dads make one for your children. I was inspired by Seth Bike Hacks organizing Mr. Porter’s
garage ’cause, ah man, I loved to watch his video. Anyway, if you want to see another video of me doing a DIY wash
station click over there and if you want to see how
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100 comments

  1. Two hundred years from now someone will be using that bench and wonder how old it is, what sought of wood it is and who made it.

  2. Good ide guy for the mese ponne tornis guy for was not si abr the made of the cubieti of speaking of the pieces. Quedi good guy. Cya from the Santig of Chile 🇨🇱 nice 🤣🚲👍🤘😀🤘🍀🚴📹😀🍀♥️

  3. I’d like to see Blake build a pyramid. A really big one. Or maybe a Helicopter. Absolute Master Bodger. 5*’s for Blake. Love it.

  4. storage on the other wall lots of second hand kitchen cupboards doesnt matter about the doors just cover them up with osb

  5. Good ol' multi skills Blake! Nice video. Could you transform from carpenter into construction worker and make a tutorial video about building a berm?

  6. 33.5 “ high …. I think better higher anyway …. 32” too short ….. better than planed ….. like lot’s of my projects …. cheers!

  7. 17:45 IMPORTANT: Right handed people should have their vice on the right corner of workbench, left handed-on the left. Also shelf height was a bit of missed opportunity – aim around the middle of bench height, to get floor storage under shelf and …shelf storage. Unless you only have tall stuff to store. And meassure what actually will preferably go under and on top of the shelf, don't just guestimate.

  8. Blakey is my favourite presenter! Please do the other side of your garage and install some lights in there. Can't wait! #makeover #triangletable #triangle

  9. Best TRIANGLE video. 😀 Not even Blakie dont know how to fakie, but also Blake dont know how to rectangle.

  10. "Working in inches cause it is super easy"… Guys, the g in gmbn stands for global, so please use global measuring units, ie metric, not retarded imperial where your height is 5 foot 8ish… At least, while displaying inches in the graphics add cm/mm in brackets.

  11. Imma copy this once I get some wood… I already have tools so I'll be set . thanks for the idea Blake!!!

  12. You can’t level your legs that way. It totally relies on the table you are building it on being level. You have to level it in place. Cutting the legs to the same length and then shimming it level in place are the correct way

  13. Seems like a light was hooked up at some point. I believe Ryobi may even make a cordless area/work light so that is an option.

  14. This video got me started on sorting both my sheds today, built a bike stand like Blake's for my kids bikes, no workbench as that'll be for my shed.
    Plenty of RECTANGLES used today but not many TRAINGLES #BlakeSamson #GMBN 😂😂😂

  15. Blake……mount yourself a Solar powered light fitting in the garage and the solar panel outside. Better than no light 😉

  16. Good work, good vid, but should have used bolts on the legs instead of screws. Better for when you start hammering stuff on it etc

  17. Great timing, I just about to build myself a workbench from reclaimed wood. Great video guys, loving not just the content but also the filming and editing!

  18. Very nice bench!! Love the enthusiasm, too.
    If it were mine, I‘d think about lighting next. Good work needs good light!

  19. For lighting I use for my shed a rechargeable LED lamp, I can definitely recommend it to all of us who dont have an electricity outlet in our bike shed/workshop!

  20. So, cutting your legs at 32 inches, then putting the top on over the legs, makes the bench about 33 1/2 to 34 inches high. Not that it matters much.

  21. Please tell me you still had the cameras rolling when Blake tries to shut the door (especially if it was fastened to the wall). Outtake of the year! 🤣🤣🤣

    Love what you guys all do on the channel. So helpful and yet so much fun too.

  22. ….And DONE!!!! …. just have to put some braces on it (two minutes later) …. and DONE!!!! …. just have to put these sides on it (two more minutes later) …. and DONE!!!! …. just need to put a shelf down here …. and DONE!!!!! … just need my vice on here ….

  23. Nice one Blake again. Was going to build my own but heard i will get my electric desk from work so will modify that and put a rubber mat on top of it. Very nice using old wood as much as you can.

  24. 1. Always use the proper tool
    2. The proper tool is always a hammer
    3. Every tool can be used as a hammer

  25. you should out a battery pack in the garage so you can have a light bulb so you can close the door on those cold winter days

  26. This is awesome this is what I need man! I’m working with pallets I have roughly 19 , I have a lovely old table base that I’m going to use to hang the tools from I’m lucky in the fact my garage is very large

  27. next project: LED lighting and a solar panel 😀
    The wood could be aged by burning the surface, then brushing and washing it of. You get even better results if you treat it with hypochlorite bleach….. the garage will just smell like a public restroom for a while 😉

  28. Thoroughly looking forward to other titles in this series. “Blake builds an Armoise” and “Blake builds a Credenza”.

  29. Next time use the level to make sure things are level and use the square to make sure things are square. Using the level on fastening the legs was useless as I doubt his workspace is level 😉
    Nevertheless love the vibe!

  30. Wonder if GoalZero has some bits laying around to at least get some light in that creative work space! Great build video, always fun to watch!

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