An Easy-to-Build Workbench
Bolted butt joints for rigid construction
Synopsis: Richard Starr designed a bolt-together workbench that is quick and easy to construct, yet professional looking and absolutely rigid. It consists of four legs and four stretchers held with eight identical joints, which are easy to cut and forgiving due to their bolt fasteners. First you determine size the top, then you make the stretcher joints. Starr explains how to fit the top and add a shelf. A detailed project plan gives the essential dimensions.
As a school woodshop teacher, I must often solve problems on the spur of the moment. That’s how the design for my easy-to-build workbench came to me. A couple of kids wanted to build a bench as a gift for a neighboring preschool. The bench had to be quick and easy to construct, yet professional looking and, above all, absolutely rigid. When all the elements for a simple, bolt-together frame came together in my…