I got the idea for the workbench shown here from a couple of old West Virginia carpenters. I’ve been using this design for years now, and the benches are unbeatable for holding work that’s being drilled, cut or nailed. Whenever I do drywall work, I lay two benches on their sides and cover them with planks and plywood to make a low scaffold. It’s just the right height for working on an 8-ft. ceiling.
I’ve found these dimensions to be right for me, but of course they could easily be altered to suit the individual. The material for each bench costs less than $10. Nail the parts together with 8d cement-coated nails, and you’re ready to work.
—Howard Goldblatt, McLean, VA
Edited and illustrated by Charles Miller
From Fine Homebuilding #11