How to Build a Countertop Garage Workbench

It’s always helpful to have extra counter space in your garage, even if you don’t plan on using it for a workbench. To install a 24” wide countertop in your garage:

  1. Mark the 36” countertop height on the wall at each end and pop a chalk line between it.
  2. Install a horizontal and vertical 1×2 cleats on the wall for support, attaching them to the wall studs.
  3. Cut triangular cleats for each end from 3/4″ particle board or plywood, and attach them to the cleats at each end of the countertop.
  4. Attach 1x4s vertical cleats under the horizontal cleat every 16” on each stud.
  5. Screw metal shelf brackets the cleats so they’re flush with the top of the vertical cleat.
  6. Cut the 24” wide by 8’ long countertop from 3/4″ particle board or plywood.
  7. Attach the countertop to the brackets and triangular supports with screws.
  8. Add a 1×2 band around the edge of the countertop to cover the raw edges and add strength.
  9. Putty over the screw holes to achieve a finished look.
  10. Runners can be added to the underside of the countertop for storing recycling bins or other storage containers.

Watch this video to find out more.



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