Hello fellas, I built this "workbench" today from a couple pallets and liked the result, but it's kinda flimsy and I'm thinking of ways to reinforce it (It doesn't need to be pretty). I'm not into woodworking, that's why it may look amateurish.
Any advice or tips?
Cross bracing anon. Strap of timber across the side, one on the back (drawn on the front for clarity), this should sort you out for now.
You need to brace as pictured to remove wobble.
I don't know how you're going to do that with pallets you're going to have to get creative. My table is made from 2x4's so design and bracing is super simple.
My plan was to use 2x4's, but everything in my country is very expensive and I was not willing to pay a lot of money for a simple workbench.
I have already nailed a board on the lower side (pic related), but ill try your suggestion. Thanks.
Also you need to understand the principle behind bulk modulus. You always orient material so that the thickest part is in line with the predicted forces.
Cross bracing only works if it's a full cross or if you have a closed square or rectangle, and his legs are open at the bottom lengthwise.
My design works if you do it right, my work/computer table is built this way and it's solid as fuck.
>simple work bench
>I don't want to pay for it
Why not just work on the floor then? A work bench isn't just a simple, smoke em if you got em type thing. It's the focal point of your work, why wouldn't you want to at least have something half decent?
I didn't say it's useless, it's the opposite of that. It's a very simple build though and I don't see why anyone shouldn't be able make a very decent one for almost free.
As I mentioned, stuff where I live (Brazil) is very expensive and I would rather spend money on tools and other things I can't make myself.
Also add a board across the bottom of the back of it. keeping the legs a set spacing apart will help with stability.
I think the main problem is it is hard to firmly attach end grain to side grain. Adding some short cross braces or even just blocks of wood to the corners so you can attach into the side grain from both directions will help quite a bit.
Screws are better than nails because they will snug up the wood, although toenailing can work for a while, nails will always work their way out.
and given the stresses that most workbenches have put on them, ideally you want the joints to be mechanically strong, relying on the wood rather than the strength of (really fairly tiny comparatively) small pieces of metal and the wood they will cut themselves free from over time.
why the fuck don't people ever do 20 minutes of reading and looking at time tested designs before fabricating a crude table from 2x4's?
making a basic jointing jig is within anyone's capabilities.
just... do it right. god. its not that hard.
op, you should have literally just purchased a full stack of plywood, and put it down on the floor, to use as a desk. no assembly required.
Can you read? Or at least identify a 2x4? Those are boards salvaged from pallets and thats the simplest and most effective way I found to use the material I had in hand. Of course, if I had a couple more boards at the time the design would have been different and sturdier, but I didn't have.
This is an advice from a product designer (so you know, I don't do the math, I just make 'em pretty).
I'd reinforce it like this.
Hope it helps.
Well done upcycling stuff, cheers to that.
Though wood is biodegradable, plastic isn't. I'm not in a hate relationship with plastic.
But you only fix one triangle at a time, I'm afraid.
Try my design. I can send you plans if you email me. I have like $30 in materials in it...
Thanks. It's a work in progress yet. We just moved into this place. Here is a before pic
my garage is a disaster as well but I'm in a rented property so I'm not putting any money into it, floors is unleveled flags and there's major structural damp.
It really needs damp proofing and a radiator and dehumidifier installing to keep all the tools from rusting but cant really afford anything like that so im currently using my attic to store tools and the basement as a workbench/work area.
when i move out of this place i want a proper garage and proper work space, my house will be /DIY/ as fuck
he's saying that you will not end up with two triangles, you will end up with a triangle and an angle
Try to avoid the "resources paradox" ("when I get that thing, i'll be able to do that other thing"), I used to do it all the time. I have around 15 m2 of work space in my shop with uneven floors, rotten walls that can't hold a screw, shitty electrical and shitty plumbing. I used to hate that fucking place, but when first tried to improve it I was easier than i thought and there's nothing better than to do something well and see you're making progress.