2x4 Basics AnySize Workbench Kit, Model# 90164
Materials and Build - 2x4's, 3/4 plywood, double 3/4 plywood top, full back made from 3/4 plywood, mounted against 2x4 studs anchored in concrete wall. One coat primer, and three top coats of Rustoleum Industrial paint. You could run a tank over this thing!
I built this bench to be a tool chest stand. I made it 42 inches long, by 24 inches deep. I didn't put the middle shelf on it, but did use a 2x4 along the back where the middle shelf would go for extra support. I used premium grade 2x4's, and used 3/4 plywood. For the top, I used two pieces of 3/4 plywood screwed together for a total of a 1-1/2 top. Then a single piece of 3/4 plywood for the bottom shelf. I had a large section of the plywood left after cutting the three pieces for the shelves, so I cut a full back for the bench out of 3/4 plywood. Then I installed two strips of 2/4 studs to the concrete wall with redhead concrete anchors. Then screwed the entire back of the bench to the anchored 2/4's in the wall.
I have a large 600 pound loaded tool chest on the top, and I put a smaller 200 pound loaded tool chest on the bottom shelf for a counter weight, so the bench wouldn't be top heavy. Then added sledge hammers and pry bars to the remaining places.
Between the tool chests, tools, and wood, this thing has got to be tipping the scales at over 1,000 pounds. But this thing is still rock solid and straight as an arrow, doesn't bow or budge one millimeter. This thing is so strong I bet I could even throw another 1,000 pounds on it with no worries. You could drop an engine block on top of this for a rebuild with no problem.
My other store bought work bench is rated at 6,000 pounds, and this one I made blows that one away as far as being a solid build and strong as a tank. And this cost about 1/4th what I paid for the store bought bench.
I bought this kit, five 2x4's, and a 4x8 sheet of 3/4 plywood. I had leftover Rustoleum Industrial Grey paint. Put one coat primer, and three top-coats of the Industrial paint. Tough as nails.
July 8, 2014
I was looking to get a work bench for my garage but I could not find the right size I needed, but with this kit you can make the bench just the size you need. And it is very sturdy and very easy to assemble .
June 10, 2014
I borrowed a skill saw from a friend, bought 8 foot 2x4s, got a sheet of subfloor, a sheet of mdf, and loaded all this up in my little Honda hatch back.
This is the first workbench I've ever built. I bought this kit because of a recommendation from the guy I borrowed the skill saw from.
Instructions are clear, hardware was plentiful, and the legs are quite sturdy. I would definitely recommend this kit to someone looking to built a custom/standard workbench. It's like Legos, you can add or remove pieces as you wish.
May 31, 2014
Work Bench Kit
The bench went together very quickly and easliy. The shelf kit parts give the ability to make any size shelf on or off the bench. It's sturdy enough for any project. It's a great addition to any workshop.
May 26, 2014
It is good to get benched.
Good quality and workmanship. Moves a little when I crank on things in the vise. I may be overloading the desk though.
May 25, 2014
Great product. Ease of construction. High quality.
May 18, 2014
Excellent product. Easy to put together with circular saw, drill, and cordless screwdriver. I built a workbench 40" X 70" and it turned out great. All of my tools are organized and I have a large space to work.
May 14, 2014
I needed a new workbench for reloading and decided to try Northern tools Bench kit.. This kit is a pleasure to use. It is extremely versital. You can easily make it any length or width simply by adjusting the length of your 2 x 4.s. I made my bench 8' x 30" wide.The instructions are clear and the bench goes together easily working by your self. If I need a second bench, Ill use this kit again. Also it is a very strong bench, able to hold a lot of weight..
April 28, 2014
Work bench kit
Great product - exactly what I needed. Used 2 X 6 for top shelve for extra height and strength for my vise.
February 10, 2014
Great Bench kit
This was a great kit to build a work bench, it was easy to understand the instructions, easy to build and fun.
February 4, 2014