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.

List 1 The Cheapest List – Forget Screws Use Nails (but use glue!) – with a bit  of luck the nails won’t split the wood

  • Pencil – check down the sofa or look in IKEA or Wilkinson Link £0.35
  • J cloth and water – look under the kitchen sink or Link £0.36 (for cleaning glue squeeze-out)
  • Hammer Poundland £1.00 Link
  • Nails Annular 3.75 x 75mm 1/2 kg (approx 77 nails) Tool Station £1.42 Link (these will hold much better than regular nails)
  • Nails Annular 3.75 x 50mm 1/2kg (approx  220 nails) Tool Station £1.56 Link
  • Hand saw – B and Q value £2.98 Link
  • B and Q Value tape measure 3m £0.98 Link
  • Rafter square – Amazon market place £3.24 Link or Toolstation £3.25 Link
  • Hard as Nails Adhesive and Applicator from poundland Link and Link £2
  • Some kind of box or chair to cut 2×4“‘s!
  • Some clamps and/or another pair of hands

Total £13.89

List 2 – The Cheap List – Using screws rather than nails to build including a drill

  • Pencil – check down the sofa or look in IKEA or Wilkinson Link £0.35
  • J cloth and water – Look under the kitchen sink or Link £0.36 (for cleaning glue squeeze-out)
  • Hand saw – B and Q value £2.98 Link
  • Cordless 12v drill driver – B and Q £12.98 Link
  • Drill bit 4mm – Amazon marketplace £1.65 Link
  • Screwdriver bit – Screwfix £0.77 Link (the drill may come with a suitable bit)
  • B and Q Value tape measure 3m £0.98 Link
  • Rafter square – Amazon market place £3.24 Link or Toolstation £3.25 Link
  • Screws – Toolstation Twinthread Pozi 10 x 3” Pack of 100 £3.07 x1 Boxes £2.24 Link
  • Screws – Toolstation  Twinthread  Pozi 8 x 1 3/4” Pack of 200 £1.71 x1 Box Link
  • Optional but will improve finish Countersink – Screwfix – Carbon Steel 12mm £1.39 Link
  • Optional but will improve strength – Evo Stik Wood Adhesive Interior 125ml B and Q £3.08 Link
  • Some kind of box or chair to cut your 2×4“‘s

Total £31.73

List 3 – The Enthusiast List – if your keen to get into woodworking or DIY

  • Pencil – check down the sofa or look in IKEA or Wilkinson Link £0.35
  • J cloth and water – Look under the kitchen sink or Link £0.36 (for cleaning glue squeeze-out)
  • Rafter square – Amazon market place £3.24 Link or Toolstation £3.25 Link
  • Hand saw – Bahco Screwfix £7.99 Link
  • Tape measure – Roughneck Tool Station £6.83 Link
  • Drill Driver – Skil The energy corded drill driver – Amazon – £32.99 Link
  • Drill bit set – Tool Station 19 picece £5.25 Link
  • Screwdriver bits Pozi#2  – Screwfix £3.25 Link
  • Wood glue –  Tool Station – £4.11 Link 
  • Screws – Tool Station Twin 5 × 80mm Pack of 100 £2.74 Link
  • Tool Station Twin 5 x 50mm  pack of 200 -£3.16 Link
  • Optional – Cheap Workhold – Amazon £7.40 (make it easier cutting with a handsaw when you can clamp the wood) (Wilkinson also sell for about £10) Link
  • Clamps – Screwfix (helpful when assembling) £6.99 Link
  • Countersink – Screwfix £3.29 Link

Total £87.95

NB: I do not recommend or endorse any of the suppliers listed above, its just a list of items to complete a workbench build. None of these are sponsored links.