Plan a multifunctional workbench and build it yourself

Stability and a variety of aids such as brackets and


make a good multifunctional workbench. After a forward-looking planning, she lets you make yourself exactly according to the needs and crafts. Preferences such as wood or steel work and expected repairs are ideally supported.

Basic idea in planning

Both for hobbyists and homeowners a multifunctional workplace facilitates all works. Central element in a workshop, a basement space or cultivation is a suitably furnished workbench.

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When planning, the individual situation should be considered to be prepared for all expectible and possible craftsmanship activities. Planning factors are:

Wood or metal

Wood is easier to build and can be adapted to any load due to the strength of the components. With metal, more complex bores, cuts and possibly high weights of the components arise.

Mounting options

A wide variety of workpieces have to be fixed. In addition to holes and eyelets, it is important to have a vise on or on the worktop side.

Height adjustability

Depending on the workpiece and the type of processing, a height-adjustable workbench can make work much easier.

Storage space and storage options

Frequently required small parts and tools can be kept within easy reach in integrated drawers or shelves and compartments. Tool holders such as clamps or holes also help.

Stability against strong forces (drilling, hammering, planing, sawing)

When machining, strong forces occur in all directions. Stable legs with cross struts and connections carry several hundred kilograms of load.

Cleanability and insensitivity to paint, glue, varnish, glue, solder)

The surface should be smooth, insensitive and easy to clean.


Light sources should be moveable. Possible full illumination from four directions or from above minimizes disturbing shadows.

Size of the work and support surface

As a guide, one by two meters is a good basic measure. Larger areas must be secured against sagging.

Flat or with a shelf and compartment structure

A shelf construction or other aids such as a socket strip can be mounted on the back of the workbench.

Mobility and space requirements

Depending on the space available and the frequency of use, a foldable workbench can be "folded up" to save space. Lockable roles under your feet make you a mobile workbench.

Tips & Tricks devices like anvil and vise can integrate or use as an attachment. This has the advantage that if necessary, you can enlarge the work area.