Don’t Make a 2×4 Workbench

Disclaimer: Obsessed Woodworking is reader-supported. I may receive a small commission if you purchase anything through my site.

In “How to Build a Workbench for Under $200,” Scott Walsh from his channel dives into a detailed tutorial on constructing a sturdy and affordable workbench, emphasizing cost efficiency and avoiding common pitfalls encountered in earlier projects.

Scott’s approach is practical, focusing on using materials like two-by-eights instead of traditional two-by-fours to ensure the workbench remains flat and stable over time.

Scott explains the rationale behind selecting two-by-eights, which he then rips down to the desired width, aiming for a workbench top that resists cupping and warping.

This method addresses one of the main issues he faced with his previous workbench, where the top cupped significantly, affecting its usability.

The video covers the entire build process, from selecting the right lumber to avoid pieces with the pith (the center of the tree) which can lead to instability, to the final assembly and finishing touches.

Scott emphasizes the importance of choosing wood that’s dry and stable to ensure the longevity and durability of the workbench.

He also introduces viewers to techniques for ensuring the workbench top is perfectly flat, including the use of dowels for alignment during the glue-up process and the strategic placement of braces to prevent racking.

Scott’s tutorial is filled with valuable tips, such as using a cheap paint roller for spreading glue quickly and efficiently and the benefits of adding a finish to the workbench top to protect it from glue drips and make cleanup easier.

This video is an excellent resource for anyone looking to build a reliable workbench without breaking the bank.

Scott’s clear instructions and practical advice make this project accessible to woodworkers of all skill levels.

Please leave a comment to join the discussion