Introduction

a finished tool bench
Photo: Allison Dinner
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Amy Paladino is a pro at juggling the demands of her job and family. But as with many of us, when it came to organizing tools for DIY projects, she needed a little assistance.

Enter This Old House general contractor Tom Silva, with a plan for a size-it-to-your-space tool-storage bench that doubles as a work surface. Though it may look complicated, the construction couldn't be simpler: Tom used plywood to build one large box and two smaller ones, fitted them with shelves, then placed them back-to-back and topped the assembly with doubled-up plywood. See how he and Amy built it using just a few basic tools and materials.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/Driver fitted with a countersink bit
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • router
      Router with ½inch straight bit

    Shopping List

    1. Locking casters; There should be 6 in all.

    2. Wood glue

    3. ½-inch plywood for backs and shelves.

    4. Pegboard

    5. ¾-inch plywood for work surface.

    6. 1x2 filler strip for furring out the pegboard.7. -inch plywood for bottoms and walls.

    8. Power strip suitable for workshop use.

    9. 1½-inch deck screws

    10. ½-inch straight router bit

    11. Pegboard hooks

    12. 5/16-inch carriage bolt, washer and nuts