Workbenches for the basement workshop, part 1

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After living in our house for over a year now, it became time to do something about the mess in my basement workshop. I mean, it looked liked this:

Lovely, uh? I didn’t think so, too, but there were just to many projects to get done before I could start workshop projects. But now that I have finally started, it’s ‘go big or go home’.

The plan:

  • I’m going to build a workbench. I mean, three of them. I’ll come to that in a minute
  • Additionally, I want to build a desk in the workshop for electronics projects and all the tiny little things that would just get lost on the big workbench.
  • All the chemical stuff (like glue, paint etc.) will be locked away in a cabinet. And that should happen before my son starts gluing his tongue to the desk or his sister’s ears to the… you get the point.
  • Last but not least, some not shop-related stuff has to go down the river of life. Or into the room where the heating system is installed. Or into our future garage. Or the future shed. Or…


I watched a lot of youtube videos for inspiration and ideas about workbenches. Want to try it yourselve? Get a week or two off of work and start here. Or here. Or here. Or…

Additionally, I tested out, which size would be good for my little 20m² workshop. It should be capable of handling big projects like cabinets, but still small enough that I could move around it.

This was the first idea that I came up with:

OK, this would have taken me weeks to build and would have been far to expensive. So, the second “optimized” version now looks like this:

  • The workbench consists of three individual workbenches, each in the size of 120cm x 60cm
  • All three together build a huge work surface of 120cm x 180cm.
  • All three workbenches are on wheels. That way, I can move them out of the way easily, if necessary.
  • Beneath the tabletops, I’m going to build drawers that will hold all my supplies and tools.
  • The whole construction is made out of sheets of OSB and rough sawn construction lumber that you can buy in any given big box store.

And of course, I did a build video for youtube:

Next, I’m going to build the drawers. Stay tuned!

A primer on our English posts

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We decided that future posts will be done in german and english language in parallel and we will also do our youtube videos in two languages from now on. The posts will just be translated, I won’t give any different information in the english posts than in the german posts. Hope you will like it and always remember the german saying… ‘Broken English is spoken English…’ 🙂

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