Are you looking to enhance your garage or workspace? We’ve collaborated with Sadie Mae John, aka The Awesome Orange, to bring you a practical workbench design. This sturdy workbench offers additional workspace and convenient tool access. Follow Sadie’s instructions and utilize our connectors to create a customizable workbench that fits your space perfectly. Ideal for DIYers, enthusiasts, and anyone seeking a well-organized garage.
One of the most exciting additions to my shop recently has been my new workbench. This workbench is special because it fits perfectly over my Harvey Industries G-700 dust processor, which means I gained 10 sq. ft. of work surface. Also, super useful is that the front of the workbench is open so I can easily empty the dust processor as needed. Plus, with the added back and Wall Control panels, I added even more usable space.
When planning for this DIY project, the 2×4 pricing in my area (I live in Arizona) went back down to $3.23, which was great in saving money for this project. I’m sure you can make a good workbench with just butt joints, but if you want a super- sturdy workbench that can hold a ton of weight, and maybe even withstand dancing on it, then I recommend using connectors. The frame of my new workbench came together super easily with the help of some Simpson Strong-Tie connectors, including the ARTC2Z and ARTA2Z.
I used seven 2×4 pieces of lumber and three furring strips. These strips will help me hold up the back panel for my workbench. Simpson Strong-Tie sent me some ARTC Rigid Tie® corner connectors, specifically the RTC2Z. This connector is part of their Outdoor Accents® decorative hardware collection, and they now come powder coated. If you want hardware that will draw the eyeballs, these are a great option.
These RTCs are the main hardware that hold this workbench together. I only had four powdered-coated connectors, so I ended up strap painting two more of their galvanized RTCs so they matched. Using the RTC2Z connectors makes assembling the workbench super quick and easy.
- 4 RTC2 APRTC Rigid Tie® corner connectors
- 2 RTC Rigid Tie® Corner Connector
- 2 APRTA2Z Rigid Tie® angles
- Outdoor Accents® connector screws
*NOTE: If you want a shelf on your bench, you will need eight RTC2Zs and not RTA2Zs, or you could just get the Simpson Strong-Tie Workbench and Shelving Hardware Kit (WBSK).
How To Build the Workbench
- Step 1: Cut out 2x4s.
- Step 2: Mark locations for the connectors.
- Step 3: Attach connectors to 2x4s using 1 1/2” Simpson Strong-Tie Connectors screws.
- Step 4: Attach back top support using 3” wood screws.
Step 5: Cut 3/4” plywood for top and secure with 1 1/4” wood screws.
- Step 6: Cut and install 1 1/2” furring strips to fit inside of the back for wall control panels.
- Step 6: Install wall control panels.
- Step 7: Admire your new workbench and get to work using it to make something AWESOME!
What’s not to love about this addition to my shop! Do you need an easy-to-build, super-sturdy workbench that you can customize to fit your space? Then check out the Simpson Strong-Tie Work Bench and Shelving kit. And let me know what project you have coming up that you could use these connectors on?