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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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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Building a Guest Bed 2

Building a Guest Bed 2

Amendment:

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

Diddley Bow Amplifier

I made a small amplifier for the diddley bow, using a maplin amplifier kit [link], lunch box, speaker, switch, wire, soldering iron and solder. The kit from maplin arrives with good instructions, with a bit of time and after watching a few youtube videos on soldering all is complete and working.

Sounds pretty good and runs off a 9 volt battery.

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