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Fundamentally, all new woodworkers need a good, solid workbench to use in the process of making other things. For woodworkers who invest in a Kreg Jig, Kreg has plans to build a simple workbench out of 2x4 construction lumber and MDF project panels for the top. See the kreg website for detailed plans, if using a kreg jig. Note: the Kreg website requires registration, but it is free to become a member and download plans.
If you do not have a Kreg or other pocket hole jig, this bench could be built with through-screwed butt joints and either long screws or dowels to hold the MDF benchtop to the 2x4 frame.
- Pocket Hole Jig (optional, but plans are made expecting you to use a Kreg pocket hole jig.)
- Circular saw or hand saw (unless you have your local lumber yard cut all pieces to size)
- Drill to drill pilot and/or pocket holes and to secure fasteners
- Jigsaw or hand saw to cut MDF benchtop to size
- Clamps would be helpful to hold the workpiece square as you are securing it.
- Wood Glue
- 2x4 lumber
- MDF project panels