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D.I.Y. shed workbench makeover

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D.I.Y. shed workbench makeover

An easy-to-build workbench with a massive amount of workspace, pegboard storage, top shelf storage and room underneath for items / storage. 



My wife is the DIY person of the house, easily more tools savy than me, however she is also 6 months pregnant and her shed is an absolute mess in my eyes (Note: It's one of those situations where it's organised in her way so finding items was easy for her). I wanted to build her something that had some heart in it, looked nice and was practical. I never took a picture of the shed before, but here is how it was laid out:

Previous LayoutPrevious Layout

The above layout was chaotic, things were stored everywhere, it didn't function and you couldn't do anything in there, things poked out (like the lawnmower) and it was just bad, cue my new design:

New LayoutNew Layout
As you can see, things are much nicer. 


The Bench will be inside our shed, an Absco Space Saver Single Door Garden Shed


I Researched a ton of designs and eventually came up with the following: 

Bench Design & MaterialsBench Design & Materials


The idea was to have it tall enough to be a good workbench, with the top shelf being low enough to accomodate the sloaping of the Absco shed so that you could easily store bulky items + reach and grab them. There would be a large pegboard along the back of the workbench for the majority of storage, while two smaller pegboards would cover the front top shelf supports. The height of the bench ensured we would be able to store items such as the scarifier and mower under it with ease. Late in the process, my dad suggested we place a third support on the frame in the middle to make it more stable and support the pegboard better. 


I used the following tools:



I purchased the following Materials:



Due to the nature of the small shed, the project was built in stages before moving it into the shed and installing. I first spray painted the pegboard. Using the 70x35mm Pine I created the Left & Right supports first, these were secured to the sheds floor & walls for extra support. The Third support beam was then added before the two horizontal pine pieces were installed to complete the basic frame. We then cut the Plywood to create the main bench and secured it into place. Finally, the top shelf including the front support and back pegboard support was created, installed and secured, ensuring everything is level. We then cut the Plywood again to create the top shelf bench. The Bench was finished off using the Pine Moulding to give it a nice finish. The Pegboard was then cut to size and installed, with the leftover material created into a backboard (mounted using the Pine DAR) which houses some of our long garden items. 



Even though it's in a small Shed, I wanted the Bench and Work area to look like an inviting place to work, so I opted into the following:




The Contrast of all 3 colours played out so nice, I was especially happy with how the Black Moulding created this nice black line in between itself and the Varnish. 


I wasn't really too fussed on being clean at this stage, in the end this is a shed, and most of it will be covered with items. Once the Varnish Dried I did go back and fix up a lot of the Varnish that had gone onto the pegboard. 





Filling & Finishing Touches


Once this was finished, it was up to my wife to fill this as she pleased. 




We ended up having two spare LED Cabinet Lights with Twilight Sensor that we picked up from ALDI last year, these are no longer available to my knowledge. These lights are bright enough to illuminate the shed in the dark, and turn on as soon as we enter.



We also installed two large Pinnacle Large PVC Coated J Hooks to hang our 2 Saw Horses up, who never had a home prior to this. 



The Final piece of the puzzle was some storage shelves for our smaller items such as screws and wrenches, we were originally going to build these under the unit but opted to just purchase the Craftright 24" 6 Drawer Rolling Cabinet And Chest to finish it all up. We are super happy with the project, it's something I take a lot of pride having completed and look forward to the additions we make to it in the future. 



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Re: D.I.Y. shed workbench makeover

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @Ritar. It's brilliant to have you join us, and many thanks for your question about this wonderful project.


Let me mention @Remarka6le, so they are alerted to your kind comment, and hopefully, they can let you know where they go the tool stand.


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Re: D.I.Y. shed workbench makeover

Hey @Ritar


Thank you! She's in there at least an hour every day 😅.

My wife got that from an Aldi special buy, they come around every Spring / Summer. They're called the Gardenline Corner Tool Holder and they cost like, $25? They're an awesome add to any shed.




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