A workbench is an indispensable tool in any garage or shop. But if you’ve ever needed to work on something tall, awkward, or heavy, you know the average workbench has a limitation: It sits at a fixed height, which makes it difficult to lift items onto it.
|This workbench started as an inexpensive motorcycle lift. Then, adding some basic lumber and a few pieces of hardware transformed it into the height-adjustable bench you see here.
Here is a workbench that overcomes this limitation. We made it height-adjustable by building it on top of an inexpensive motorcycle lift. (We used a Torin Model #T64017 from NorthernTool.com, but any similar lift should work.)
In its lowest setting, the lift positions the bench just 21" off the ground, so it’s great for working on tall projects or lifting heavy things onto the bench. Raising the lift with a foot-operated pedal brings the bench up to a comfortable working height of 34". The lift also has locking casters, so you can move it around easily and then lock the wheels to create a stable work surface.
Building the Bench — The bench top is made of two layers of ¾" plywood that are cut to size and screwed together. Then edging strips get glued and nailed around the perimeter.
With some of the scraps of leftover plywood, make a pair of risers to go underneath the top and raise it up to its working height. The risers are bolted to the upper arms of the motorcycle lift through existing holes — you’ll just have to replace the lift’s original bolts with ones that are 1" longer to pass through both the arms and the plywood.
Finally, a pair of 2×4 cross members get screwed to the top of the risers. These in turn receive screws from underneath to hold the top in place. (To see how it all goes together, see the Illustration below.)
Have a nice weekend,
Online Editor, Workbench