DIY: Modern Work Bench

Who says a simple workbench can’t also be a stylish centerpiece?  In fact, if you follow this inspiring design from an OnlineMetals customer you may be tempted to find a home for this furniture piece in a more public space, rather than the shop!
Built on a base of Hot Rolled Mild Steel A500, the workbench surface is constructed of laminated 2″ x 2″ wood boards. Although, the surface could also be made of an old door, or any reclaimed materials available.
By painting the steel in a modern designer tone, the clean lined frame instantly acquires an air of modern style! Choose any color that would contrast with your shop environment, rather than blending in, and voila…you’ve got a show piece!
How to get this look:
MATERIALS: 1.5″ x .187″ Hot Rolled Mild Steel A500 Square Tubing (To figure out how much length to purchase, follow the steps below and add up the lengths of legs and supports needed for your design.)

  1. Measure the width, height and depth of the space you are looking to fill.
  2. Cut 4 legs to the height
  3. Cut 2 cross supports to the depth
  4. Cut 3 horizontal supports  to the width (2 for top, 1 for center strut)
  5. Cut 2 vertical supports at 25% of the leg height
  6. Cut 4 “diagonal” vertical supports to connect the shorter vertical supports to the legs
  7. Weld your right and left “sides” then weld/connect with horizontal supports
  8. Paint the frame
  9. Table top can be attached by drilling through top horizontal supports and directly into bottom of surface with wood screws
  10. Send us a picture of your final piece! We’d love to share.

Would you like to learn more about Mild Steel?  Check-out the OnlineMetals Guide to Steel here >>