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2×4 Basics Hopkins 90164 2x4basics Workbench and Shelving Storage System : New bike shop work bench, A++++

Made a nice little reloading bench out of mine. It’s 48′ x 27′ and built this size since the short side 2×4’s were cut at 24′. Only problem with a bench this small is there’s no room for the top shelves to mount without taking away most of the bench top. Sturdy and strong and the shelf spacing allows you to place your feet on the bottom shelf when loading. Mine isn’t bolted to the wall either but is still very rigid and secure. Truth be told i could have probably bought a nice pre-made bench for what this one cost as built but i wouldn’t have the satisfaction of building my own except for the legs. If i ever move i don’t think i’ll go this route again.

A big advantage of this design is it makes it relatively easy to produce a straight & level bench on the first try, since the pre-fab legs do much of the work for you. It’s also extremely flexible and customizable. For my workbench project i needed something sturdy, affordable, and flexible enough to fit the space in my garage workshop. After searching in vain for a ready-made bench in local stores, i ordered the 2x4basics #90164 kit through amazon. The kit came quickly and was complete (all screws, instructions, etc). I bought a good grade of framing 2x4s and some half-inch plywood. But before starting assembly, i looked for ideas in amazon’s customer photos and made a few design modifications. For example: a cutout in the center shelf for legroom; omitting the first shelf above the bench; adding backstops to the bench top and overhead shelf; and making the overhead shelf from half-inch plywood vice 2x4s. I also opted not to run the overhead shelf the full length, to allow more uncluttered vise workspace on the right end. The included #8×2” deck screws seem a little delicate, so i substituted #9×2.

Hopkins 90164 2x4basics Workbench and Shelving Storage System with 2x4basics ShelfLinks Custom Storage System,

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  • Custom workbench of any length (up to 8-feet), width (up to 4-feet), and configuration, 36-inches high
  • Only 90 degree cuts are required, all hardware is included
  • Workbench and ShelfLinks support spans up to 8-feet (2.4 m) and 1000 pounds (400 kg) per shelf
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  • Assembly with only a screwdriver; all hardware is included
  • ShelfLinks support spans up to 8 feet (2.4m) and 1000 pounds (400kg) per shelf

I was able to buy the lumber, cut and build this in about 3-4 hours. I spent the rest of the weekend staining and wiring in lights. I am very impressed with the results, very easy and simple build. This is my new workbench for my bike shop, now i am ready to replace the old benches in my garage with this system. Super sturdy, just a great product in my opinion.

I ordered two of these systems and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to assemble. I built two separate bench types, one mainly as a storage rack and the other as a workbench. I made both benches out of 3/4′ mdf and standard 2x4x8s. I sent the tops of the benches and shelves to a local truck/van conversion place and had them linex the wood. It really turned out looking awesome. I took the time and bought bins and numbered each bin. I created a chart that identifies what each bin contains (batteries, light bulbs, etc. The bench system is much nicer than the shelving system. It certainly serves its purpose but not as perfectly as the bench system.

I’m always looking to add storage/work area to garage, and a workbench had long been on my todo list. After measurements, at first i decided to built a 7ft x 3ft surface. I had to reduce width to 32′ for easier reach (and more efficient use of materials). I really like the end result, but overall cost is was ~$250. Not that you can get a workbench of this size and sturdiness for less, but do not expect spending less than $150 (which was my initial plan). Here’s bill of materials and sizes i’ve used (all bought at the big orange store):1. 2×4 basics legs and shelving $702. Melamine 3/4′ (top surface) cut to size at the store 84’x32′ ~ $40melamine was cheaper than sanded 3/4′ plywood and has a nice surface. I would not use less that 3/4′ for top3. Sanded 1/2′ plywood (mid surface) 84’x32′ ~$40i used remaining of the board cut in 84’x4′ pieces to make an endboard for shelves, so small parts do not fall over4.

Hopkins 90164 2x4basics Workbench and Shelving Storage System with 2x4basics ShelfLinks Custom Storage System, : Really easy to build with a design that self tightens the frame as you go. I had lowe’s cut the plywood for me because i wanted a really straight edge. They cut it out of square and i used a 2 x 4 that had a 10 degree twist in it and the table compensated for these screw ups as i assembled it. I prepainted the wood before assembly and it really dresses it up nicely. The shelving can be added at any time, if needed as well as a 3rd table top. I am impressed with the ease of assembly and how an amateur can look like a pro with this table. Another great feature is how light it is and how easy it is to move. The strength and tightness really impresses me. I think i did a pretty good job for the little time i put in this project.

As a female i was a little worried about building my own gunsmithing bench, but this kit made it a breeze. Took me a few days, but i’m extremely happy with the results. I bought an extra set of shelf links to make the side shelves. Final product is super strong and solid. So glad i bought this, and so is my kitchen table.

Wow, where do you begin to review?. I researched this product, before i purchased and i have not been let down. There are so many great configuration for this bench, so i though i would add my own. I needed the work top to be 4 feet by 2 feet, to fit the space i needed. I pre cut and painted all the pieces before i assembled, per suggestion of a previous reviewer, which made the painting process less of a hassle later. I attached 4′ wheel casters, which clears the bench to roll. I should have purchases at least one locking pair. Oh well, works great for now. I wanted leg and foot space underneath the bench to place a chair, so if you need wood dimensions for the angled cuts, feel free to contact me. I attached a photo of all the screw, washers and such i used on top of the included hardware.

I was encouraged by the large number of positive reviews as well as the customizing options this kit allowed for. I had an idea of what i wanted going in and this kit provided for that. I cheated a bit by having the folks at the big orange box store cut all my wood for me (big shout out to them for cutting nearly perfect cuts). I used upgraded 2x4s and also used a sheet of 3/4 ply overlaid with another piece of 3/4 sanded birch ply. I wanted a cleaner top look so opted for the two layers. This also allowed for a better grab on my bench vise once i installed that. I also added a rounded piece of 1 1/2”moulding on the front of the bench to cover the front edge as well as the two different layers of ply visible from the front. More for aesthetics than anything else, but it’s a nice look. I had to cut away small areas on each side to allow for the plastic legs braces as the ply sets in behind them slightly. I chose to go with one long top shelf for storing power tools etc.

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Hopkins 90164 2x4basics Workbench and Shelving Storage System with 2x4basics ShelfLinks Custom Storage System,
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3 of 5 stars, based on 1,497 reviews