How to Make a Workbench With 4x4 Legs

When it comes to creating a workbench, one of the most important aspects of the project is the support system. Using 4-by-4s to create legs is one of the best ways to create a strong support system that will last through heavy use. Creating a reliable workbench with 4-by-4 legs is a task that requires a few quick measurements and the use of a hand drill.

Make a workbench using 4-by-4s for legs.

Step 1

Place one 26-inch section of a 2-by-4 on a flat surface, resting along the 2-inch edge. Line up the end of two 44-inch 2-by-4s to each end of the 26-inch 2-by-4. The structure will appear to be a U-shape when lying on the ground. Drive two 4-inch screws through the 26-inch 2-by-4 at each end to create a permanent hold.

Step 2

Place an additional 26-inch 2-by-4 at the opposite ends of the 44-inch 2-by-4s. Drive two 4-inch screws through the ends of the 2-by-4 to bond the four sections of 2-by-4 permanently. This will enclose the U-shaped structure to create a rectangular frame measuring 48 inches long by 26 inches wide.

Step 3

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 with the remaining two 27-inch 2-by-4s and the two remaining 44-inch 2-by-4s to create a second rectangular frame. One frame will be placed at the base of the 4-by-4 legs and the second piece will be placed along the top.

Step 4

Place all four sections of 4-by-4s side-by-side on a flat surface running vertically. Measure up 8 inches from the base edge on all four sections and mark this location with a pencil. Turn the 4-by-4s over one side to the left and measure and mark 8 inches from the base along this edge as well.

Step 5

Stand two 4-by-4s upright on the floor approximately 27 inches apart. Place the second set of 4-by-4s approximately 27 inches apart. The two sets of 4-by-4s should be positioned approximately 48 inches from each other. All four of the 8-inch marks should be placed along the top of the structure with the pencil markings facing outward.

Step 6

Place one rectangular frame created in Steps 1 and 2 over the four 4-by-4s. Slide the rectangle down the 4-by-4s until it is resting flat on the floor with one 4-by-4 positioned inside each corner. Drive two 4-inch screws through each side of the 4-by-4 at each corner to join the frame to the 4-by-4s permanently.

Step 7

Slide the remaining wood rectangle over the 4-by-4s until the top edge of the frame is lined up with the 8-inch mark on each 4-by-4. Drive two 4-inch screws through each side of each 4-by-4 to secure the frame to the 4-by-4s permanently.

Step 8

Flip the structure over and place it on the bottom edges of the 4-by-4 legs. Place the 26 inch by 48 inch section of plywood over the structure, lining up the four sides of the plywood with the outer edges of the 2-by-4 frame. Drive one 4-inch screw every 12 inches along the perimeter of the plywood to secure the workbench top to the frame.

About the Author

Anthony Byerly has written articles, research papers and other forms of writing since 2006. His work has appeared in the "Edinboro Spectator." He has a particular interest in the areas of history, education, politics, economics and sports. Byerly is pursuing a master's degree in secondary education at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.