Build a metal workbench yourself

The substructure of a workbench made of metal has the advantage over wood that it creates the required stability with smaller cross-sections. Metals and sheet metal are less suitable than wood as countertops and shelves. In most cases, drilling and welding work to assemble connections and struts are unavoidable.

Metal offers a slim substructure

Metal like steel has the advantage over wood, with significantly lower dimensions and space requirements the same stability. Relatively petite legs and linkages allow to better use the room in the substructure chart for the installation of drawers. The weight of the metal structures is easier, which offers a further advantage for a mobile workbench.

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Metal connections and components must be joined together by welding. Therefore, the required devices and the corresponding knowledge are indispensable. The construction principle is similar to a wooden workbench. With hinges, a folding workbench can be realized that takes little space.

Material and tool

Square hollow steel bars should be chosen as building material. The steel and all screws and other parts should absolutely be rust-free.

The following tools are required for editing:

  • Hacksaw
  • Deburrer and file
  • Drill (€ 48.00 at Amazon *) with metal drills
  • welding machine
  • Welding mask
  • Welding gloves
  • screws and nuts
  • If necessary rivets

Frame for worktop and shelves

On the basic shape of the cuboid, the transverse struts running around the top are designed like an insert profile. The L-shaped metal profiles offer a fixed insertion option for a tailor-made wooden worktop. Alternatively, the worktop can protrude from the substructure. In this case, it must be attached to the crossbar from below with eyelets.

The principle of the insert frame can also be installed halfway up or as a lower end in the cuboid of the substructure. L-shaped profiles form insert borders for shelves. A delicate and statically very stable reinforcement of the construction is created by cross struts welded at an angle in the corners. The triangular stabilizers prevent any wobbling of the cuboid.

Tips & Tricks The lower weight can cause your metal workbench to stand unsteadily. Counter this problem either with height-adjustable screw feet or weighted leg ends.