Since I do not have a workshop for my woodworking adventures, all of my tools need to tuck away when I’m not using them. Up until now I have been working on the garage floor–which appears pretty flat until you are up close and personal on it–and trying to make your project square. My garage floor is NOT flat and I can feel pretty confident telling you that yours isn’t either. Before I began the Dining Room/Home Office project, I promised myself I would invest in a workbench, but obviously it needs to disassemble and tuck away, just like my tools. Here she is:
Nothing earth-shattering about it–just 2 sawhorses and a hollow-core door on top, but I tell you it has made a HUGE difference for me in terms of how square the cabinets and drawers are once they are together. In fact, I didn’t want to put this particular post up yet, but everything I go to write in the other posts seems to talk about this new workbench so I needed to be able to reference it in those posts!
I was warned (thanks Bill!) that the hollow core door may not hold up to some clamping applications, but my laziness won out because I already had the door at home and I didn’t want to spend the time taking it back. I will warn you that the door will sag a bit in the middle if the sawhorses are as far apart as they are in the picture. This was taken before I had really started building yet and discovered that. Moving them closer together helped, but when I really wanted a guaranteed flat surface, I put a piece of scrap plywood on top also and built on that. The bench still saves my back that way!
I got the sawhorses on sale at Lowes for around $28 and the door was about $21. I put off spending the money on something like this for 2 years figuring that the garage floor was good enough, but I really wish I had invested in this right away. Well worth the money.