Sometimes things don’t always go as planned, but they eventually turn out right or even better than planned, right? I am debuting my Christmas present today, one month late. tsk. You see, my husband had but one request from me for a gift. I wanted a DIY workbench that would allow me to not only store all my tools, but also be mobile and have an awesome work surface to boot. Not too tall an order, right?
Things were going as planned until we all got sick the week before Christmas, and then life goes on and it takes awhile to get back on course. So, FINALLY I can say I have my gift that both my husband and I can enjoy. I am one happy junkin’ mama. (yes, it is 20 degrees outside, sunny, and a great day to work! This is how I always look.)
Last winter I began a mission to dejunk my garage (aka my workshop). I am not a clutter bug and while I was pregnant I couldn’t work and my work piled up, literally.
This drove me crazy!!
I gave some away as I mentioned here, and diligently worked through the rest to get down to only have one piece to work on at a time. Now I had my barn wood, new wood, and salvaged goods to get organized. Keep in mind, this also contains our auto repair tools (we do our own car repair), our kids toys, and your regular garage
You know I’m all about repurposing, so I had a stack of crib rails leftover from making my other repurposed crib projects, and I had a wonderful revelation to solve a problem.
My husband and I took our scrap wood and built shelves and upright wood storage for our collection. That’s what great about having a stash of wood!
Remember, we’re in Ohio and it is COLD and dark early, so we work as we can. Doesn’t our shelving make it store better? I love that I can store vertical as well as horizontal, and that it all came from trashed stuff. Now I am ready to get creating making goodies for my shop.
We now even have an awesome scooter caddy to save me from tripping on all those scooters laying around. Yay for me!! In case you’re craving one, you can find the DIY plans here.
On the other side is a true gift from God. I was mentioning to our kids how I wanted to build a work table for my husband and would love if we could get some old bookshelves to store our extras. Seriously, an hour later I looked on Craigslist and a lady is giving away these built-in bookcases just down the street from us! They fit exactly to the space we have available and serve us so well! God is good. (notice our kitchen floor tile ready to be installed – coming soon!)
My parents even gifted us with a compound miter saw that I have had on my wish list for years as well. Merry Christmas to me!!
Now to the DIY workbench. I have had plans to build one for two years. yup. Even found casters half off TWO YEARS ago and have been patiently waiting. I drew up a design for my husband, JC, and let him have at it. (it’s a gift for me, so I don’t have to work, right?) As you can imagine, this is also a gift for him. (and also motivates him. ahem)
JC found a plan he wanted to replicate over on Bob Vila’s site. When I saw the handiness of Kreg Clamp Trak Kit, I just knew we would quickly make use of that awesome feature.
You can get the kit that offers you two traks where you can keep your work still using the different clamps. I chose the 3″ bench clamp and the 6″ bench clamp for versatility.
JC builds the base from simple lumber from a home improvement store while also using our scrap. Also, the top is made using MDF. My original goal is to find a solid core wood door to use for the top, but none available.
His job is so much easier by using our Kreg Jig Pocket Screw System. I have raved about that tool being one of my favorite before and I seriously don’t know what we would do without it. I gifted it to myself a year ago and it was one of the best purchases I have ever made for my workshop.
Once the workbench is assembled, JC adds casters and we are good to go.
Now I am one happy junker mama that has a sensible workshop, a DIY workbench, and a heavenly stash. Woot!
My pneumatics, hand tools, and shop vacuum are all easily accessible. And, our Kreg Clamp Trak system will make my life easier. The best part is that is that the whole thing is mobile and I can work outside in the sun.
Huge thank you to my husband, JC, my parents for the gift, and my Lord for blessing me so.
I know I’m not the only one who would be giddy to have one of these. Pin and share so others can build a DIY workbench too! ♥
What a blessing that we can take a minute to make life a little bit easier for us all.
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