Do you want kitchen cabinet style functionality in your garage, but don’t want to take the time and money to build kitchen cabinets?
We just built a new workbench with a new method – we call it the “pony wall method” – and in this post, we’ll share with you how and also the plans so you can build it too.
Why We Love It
There’s alot of different ways of building workbenches, here’s why we love this way and this workbench:
- Spacious drawers at waist height (instead of bulky framing)
- Toekick elevates the bottom shelf and allows user to stand closer to workbench top
- Fully enclosed base is easy to clean around
- Treated wood for the base is good for garages and will hold up to potentially wet conditions
- Inexpensive and easier to build compared to other methods of building
- Designed to work on uneven garage floors
- Easy to add a chop saw
- 16 feet overall length supports cutting on either side of the saw
- Easy to modify in length and width
- Can make any length you want (plywood is limited to 8′ runs)
How We Built It
We had some leftover 2x framing boards, so we tried out a new way of building the same ole same ole –
Basically, you build three pony walls. You set the first one on the floor and level it up and screw it to the wall behind.
Then you set the second pony wall at the back and screw it to the bottom one.
Then you set the third pony wall on the front, so this gives you a toekick and the front of your workbench.
Then you screw plywood down in between the frames to create the floor, and on the ends to enclose it.
You can just add a top at this point, or you can set a chop saw in it too.
Just cut the framing out where you want to add the chop saw,
And screw to the sides, place the scrap plywood on top and set the miter saw.
Compact Sliding Miter Saws
In this plan, you need a miter saw that will work with 24″ of cabinet depth. The only sliding miter saws that I know of that are compact are the BOSCH (I have this one and it works good), the Festool Kapex (I also have this one and it works good too, but probably overpriced for what you get), the Makita Cordless with the side slide (I haven’t used this one, but our friend has it and loves it), and the Metabo from Lowes (has good reviews but I haven’t used it either). Otherwise you can use a non sliding saw.
On to the drawers – just attach to the frames (no, you don’t need to attach in the middle, just get the three screws in somewhere)
And slide the drawers in.
Watch us build the pony wall workbench in this video
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If you can open your mail and deal with it immediately, deal with it just once, instead of handling multiple times, you’ll save time and reduce household work.
My sister had an amazing idea to create the “mail boss” – a regular looking console table with built in functionality to deal with the mail all in one spot. Here’s how it turned out-
- Built in paper shredder that is easy to access but hidden
- Built in wastebasket that is easy to empty (no need to remove the shredder head to empty waste basket)
- Built in filing cabinet to file mail on the spot
- Pencil drawer for pens, pencils, stamps and other small items
- Larger drawer for envelopes, packing tape, etc
- Surface space for sorting mail, writing checks, addressing envelopes or decor
The plans for the mail boss are below. We also show the steps and functionality in our weekly YouTube video
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Make cooking easier, make dishes easier, make life easier – build your own slide out pot and pan organizer!
Just think … no more bending over and digging out your favorite pan … underneath all the other ones.
You can add a lid organizers too, since that’s the other half of the battle.
I wouldn’t say this is a beginner project, since drawer slides require some precision, but this is certainly not a hard or big project.
Pull Out Pot and Pan Organizer Video Tutorial
If you want to build this sliding pot rack, make sure you check out the video tutorial below