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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. 

Things You Will Need

  • 4 4-by-4s, 32 inches long
  • 4 2-by-4s, 26 inches long
  • 4 2-by-4s, 44 inches long
  • Sheet of 1-inch plywood, 26 inches wide by 48 inches long
  • Box of 4-inch screws
  • Drill
  • Phillips-head drill bit
  • Tape measure

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.

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