The New Workbench
For Dan's birthday, I built him a workshop at the new house. Due to all of the many other daunting and large projects that need to be done, the workshop has fallen to the way side. However, all of the tools are scattered about and have no home of their own. With this being said, I was on a mission! The garage is currently filled with a majority of the main floor furniture, leaving little room for Dan to work. I have devised a plan to build a workshop and reorganize the mass chaos that is currently their. I wanted Dan to have a place to build and create all of this amazing pieces, and a place to store all of the scattered tools.
Step One: Should I Build Workbench...
I guess there are two options.. or maybe three...
Option 1: Buy a prebuilt set of workbenches and cabinets.. I enjoyed the idea of this due to the time crunch, but I could not bring myself to buy something that was already made. I love building countertops and organizational areas!
Option 2: Throw something together that will work for now, but will need to be replaced in about a year... I definitely considered this option, seeing as his birthday is only a week away. However, if I am going to put in the effort, I might as well put in the time needed for it to be functional, practical, and enjoyable.
Option 3: Build a Woodshop... I love the idea instantly! Well, we will see if we can get it done in a week.
Step Two: Design and Purchase Materials
I had an idea... and definitely had a budget! So this is what I came up with..
Size of the area to fill:
103 3/4" wide
- 28" White Cabinets = 3 x $81.60
- 30" White Cabinets = 1 x $88 (scratch on the back of cabinet so this is a discount price)
- 4' Peg Board = 2 x $10
- 1" x 4" x 8' Trim (for Peg Board) = 3 x $6.16
- 1" x 12" x 10' = 1 x $22.34
- 1" x 6" x 10' = 1 x $11.30
- 1" x 8" x 10' = 1 x $14.92
- Firing Strips = $20
- Sheet of Plywood = $26
- Wood Glue = Left Over
- Sand paper (80 grit, 120 grit, and 220 grit) = Left Over
Total = $465.84
With 10% Discount = $419.26
Step Three: Construction
Now that I have all of the materials, I recruited by Dad to help me with the construction process (mainly for the manual labor). We first worked on the countertop, cutting the plywood to size and designing the layout of the finished wood top. After cutting all of the wood pieces, we glued them down with Wood Glue and held them down with the clamps.
While waiting for the glue to dry, I was able to paint the Peg Boards. I first coated them in Primer, and then two coats of paint. REA Tip: When painting a surface that you do not want an orange peel look (like this peg board) use a foam roller and only apply a small amount of paint.
REA Tip: When only painting a small surface, use left over paint from another project, or find "OOPSIE PAINT" at your local hardware store. It is usually at an extreme discount and there are some pretty fun colors to choose from.
After the countertop was done drying, I was able to sand, stain, and seal the countertop. I used 80, 120, and 220 grit sandpaper to smooth out the countertop. REA Tip: Sand with the grain of the pallet wood, the character and stain will come out really nicely if you do it this way!
After the countertop is sanded, I applied the stain. I stained the countertop with Special Walnut 224, by Minwax. This color stain was the same stain that I used for the pallet sign, fingers crossed that everything will match. The grain and character really stands out on the countertop. I wiped on the stain with an old piece of cloth (like a t-shirt) and then wiped off the excess stain with a clean piece of cloth (from the same t-shirt). REA Tip: Start staining on the back side of a project or on a scrape piece of wood, therefore you can make sure that you like that particular color of stain.
Once the stain had dried, I coated the top of the counter with a layer of Polyurethane. Repeat 3 times!
Step Three: Installation
Now for the tricky part.. Secretly hoping that all of my measurements were correct and everything goes smoothly, well at least relatively.
First, I recruited the help of my father for the installation process. He then devised a "To Do" list to make the process a little bit more organized.
1. Install Peg Board
2. Paint Remaining Walls and Ceiling
4. Install Countertop
5. Install Shop Lights
6. Tack Trim for Peg Board
Step Four: The Grand Reveal
REA Tip: Create the perfect shop trash can by using a metal feed can. Use spray paint to add a more rustic look! I used chalkboard paint on the top, too allow Dan to write his measurements on the top!