A workbench is an essential in a well-appointed shop. It makes both hand and power tool woodworking much easier. The only challenge? How do you build a substantial one with minimal investment in cash?
Simple. You want to check out Bob and Dave’s Good, Fast and Cheap bench. This PDF document was created a number of years ago, but features the simple steps to build a cheap yet functional workbench with simple, easily sourced materials. The building techniques couldn’t be easier, either. In fact, many of the tenons have their shoulders cut with a hand saw, with the waste split off with a mallet and chisel. Easy peasey lemon sqeezy.
Sure, it’s an older plan, and not a heavy-duty Roubo bench made out of choice hardwoods, but it will certainly give you a serviceable bench that can work in your shop for years.