Cheapskate Work Benches

LarryBud

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L3130
Dec 5, 2020
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Cleveland, MO
I have a new Pole Barn and needed to begin outfitting it for use.

In an ideal world I' d build my workbench from 4X4s and 2x10s but, with the cost of lumber and me being tapped out after building the barn, I looked at cost effective alternatives.

I present to you: The Pallet Bench.

Pallets - Free from a roofing company who just wanted them gone
2x4s - Scrap stock from the garage
1x2s - $6
Hardware - About $12
Time - 90 minutes or so cutting the pallets and bolting them together on a rainy afternoon

Two ( pretty sturdy ) benches for $18 and 90 minutes of time. I was going to put a hardboard surface on but think I'll just use them " as is "

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Bmyers

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AS inflation increases, prices follow, you will see more of people wisely using the available resources to minimize the cost on the bottom line.

Very nice tables and they look like they will meet your needs.
 

Pawnee

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Well done Larry!
it's nice to see 'scrap' material re-used.
Those are fine looking benches too.
 
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NCL4701

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Nice!

When we built our house 30 years ago I was in a similar spot, needing a workbench but tapped out from just finishing the house. Spent a morning patching something together with construction scraps until I could afford a proper workbench. Since then, I’ve added a magnifying lamp, a couple of vises, and put an old book shelf under it for shelving but the temporary bench is still there. Wasn’t pretty when I built it and still isn’t.
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