Cheap Simple Workbench – Every House Needs One! Part 3

Making a Workbench Part 3

Making a Workbench Part 1 is here, Part 2 here, completed (almost) picture here, tools lists here and final finishing here.

Now moving on, I marked up the shorter lower stretchers

Then applying plenty of glue I clamped the longer lower stretchers

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Cheap Simple Workbench – Every House Needs One! Part 2

Making a Workbench Part 2

Making a Workbench Part 1 is here, Part 3 here, completed (almost) picture here tools lists here and final finishing here.

I first started by marking up the long sides with four marks to provide a fixing point for the legs and marking four points on the shorted sides – 2 to attach to the sides and 2 to attach to the legs. I marked this up on a template to speed the process up, then piloted drilled and countersunk the holes.

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Tools Lists for workbench building

Building a workbench – Tools

Below are three tools lists – List 1 is the absolute minimum list to build a workbench, constructing it with nails, the second build with screws and a very cheap drill and the third with a better drill and some optional items that will make it easier to build and leaves a few tools to use in other projects (for example a 19 drill bit set rather than just one drill bit). They are just to demonstrate that due to the simplicity of construction a workshop full of tools is not required.

I have not used or bought every single item on the lists but from my experience and some rudimentary internet research these look like reasonable items to complete this project.

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Cheap and Simple Workbench – Every House Needs One! Part 1

Making a Workbench Part 1 Part Two is here, Part 3 here, completed (almost) picture here tools lists here and final finishing here.

This post will detail how I build one of my sturdy and cheap 2×4” workbenches. My design was inspired by the hammerzone workbench plans: Link

I wanted easy construction, cheap materials and strength. I amended the plans in the following manner:

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Canon Hack Development Kit – CHDK – Canon A480

Unlocking the potential of canon cameras with CHDKwhat I used:
Canon A480 – Argos £59
Intergral SD Card 4GB – Argos £10
CHDK -Free
SDMinst application- Free

CDHK (Canon Developers hackers Kit) is software that’s works for a raft of canon cameras, it unlocks features and add many new options to even the most basic canon cameras. To investigate this further I nipped down to Argos and purchased an A480.

Setting up CDHK
Download the relevant CDHK version for your camera, for the A480 is easy as there is only one, I grabbed the full version. Unpack the download. Using an SD USB card reader plug in your SD card and grab SDMinst (link above), open this software and follow the guide on CDHK – format move files and make bootable. This software then crashed my mac so if you have a windows machine I would give this a miss and use card tricks – again more info at CDHK wiki.

Once you have the data on the card, lock the card by moving the little switch over, then install in the camera and turn it on by pressing Play. It should auto load and you will see the CDHK splash screen. Have a look about and check all seems to be working.

Then on with the main business, getting some scripts on the card to use. Navigate to CDHK wiki and sort through what you want to do – everything from motion detection, time lapse, remote usb capture, lightning detection etc etc.

The main reason I wanted to use CDHK was to make some time lapse films, for this usually you need a really good SLR camera and intervalometer. The intervalometer alone would set you back over £100. As i’m making the pictures into the films, the 10MP camera will be absolutely fine, I shoot pictures in widescreen mode and with this intervalometer script from:

To set up on the camera, copy the script from British Ideas and open text edit (check your in plain text mode – format, plain text) paste the text and save as – ensure that the suffix .LUA is used – remove the RTF suffix from the file. Save this file in the scripts folder of your card. You now should be good to go.

Navigate to the scripts parameters and select the new script, set parameters and start shooting!

Building a Guest Bed 2

Building a Guest Bed 2


I decided to add an additional 2×4” to the centre of the bed as there was slight flex in the frame. I cut the 2×4” to 167cm, flipped the frame over and marked the centre of the bed and the centre of the 2×4”. Then I lined these marks up and clamped 2 pieces of scrap wood each side to hold the 2×4” in place. I marked up 2 screw holes, ensured that the top was flush with the bottom of the frame and then piloted holed, countersunk and then put in two screws. Then I done the same the other end. Then I flipped over the frame and marked the middle of the centre slat, clamped the centre 2×4” upwards, marked holes and then pilot holed and countersunk 2 screws in. I choose to use 2 screws on the 3 centre slats, 2 on each end (not in the centre due to screws running underneath) and 1 on the others. All these were using 5x50mm screws.

This additional 2×4” has really improved the rigidity of the frame and although it would have been ok without.

I will give the bed a quick wipe over with Danish Oil at some point.

These plans are great, I spent quite a bit of time ensuring that everything was perfectly aligned and sanded it down, this is not really required and if your pushed for time you could omit, It may still be a challenge to get it complete inside an hour as the plans suggest!

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Building a Guest Bed Part one

Building a Guest Bed Part one

I needed a bed for a guest bedroom, I wanted to use a small double mattress to keep a little extra space in the room. Small double bed frames are a little trickier to find, so I decided to make my own. With some extensive online research I eventually stumbled upon low waste bed plans on instructables [link]. They looked easy to follow and judging by the comments many people had built and succeeded.

So one trip to the local builders yard later, I had a stack of CLS 2×4” and PSE (plane square edged) 1×4”.

bill of materials:

  • 2×4”
  • 4×1”
  • 5x50mm wood screws
  • 5x80mm woodscrews
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • 180 grit sandpaper