This is how the new workbench started. I was working on my new spectrum analyzer and wanted to test the power supply that I had gotten from a friend of mine from a metalworking auction. I did not have any more room on the workbench to put the power supply for testing. We had just updated the kitchen with new counter tops and sink. So I had all of the old stuff and not sure what I was going to do with it. I had an old metal cart that was used in kitchens when I was younger and that housed some of my electronic equipment. This was not very useful and I did not pull it up to the work bench much. I hate to say this but I have enough equipment to complete two workshops. So I decided to get rid of the old cart and make something useful. So I quit one project to start another one.
One of the old pieces of counter top was exactly 4 feet long. So I decided that would be the length of the work bench. I actually carried it into the shop so I could see what is was going to look like. I also wanted to make an upper shelf so equipment could sit above the work surface. This allowed me to house the equipment and keep it off of the work area. The next thing I was wanting to do was to make this portable, where I could move it out of the way in the shop. So here is a drawing with measurements of the workbench:
I had some 2 X 4's in the shed in the backyard. I measured the legs and cut the boards to 28 inches. I also put casters on the bottom of the legs. That made my work surface about 31 inches from the floor. This way I could set in a chair or my stool that goes with my work bench. My original workbench is under to kitchen cabinets and you really need a bar stool to get high enough to work on the workbench. Here is a picture of cutting the legs:
The next picture shows starting to build the frame:
I used drywall screws to build the workbench. I drilled each place that I was going to put a screw. That way if I ever need to modify the work bench, I could easily. Here is a picture of me drilling the holes:
Here is the start of building the legs:
Here is a picture of the workbench almost finished. I have not painted it yet:
After I painted the workbench I had a piece of the counter top left that I used for a lower shelf. Here is another picture of the work bench:
The lower shelf has equipment on it. You can see my variac on the lower right hand side. I also went to Lowe's hardware and bought a light to go underneath the upper shelf for light. The next two pictures show the completed bench.