Lots of Reclaimed Lumber, Weekend Lumber Storage Bench Build

My little shop takes up half (officially) of our 2 car garage. I try to keep everything possible mobile so I can spread out when I’m working on a larger project or pack everything into one side in case of a hurricane or other weather event. This way the car gets protected as needed. I recently was lucky enough to find someone local who was selling all the leftover lumber from a sailboat build. I have reclaimed and unused white oak, mahogany, walnut and cherry boards along with plywood and other lumber I already had. This was awesome! And a mess! I had all this great lumber and it was stacked up against the wall (I couldn’t bring myself to take a photo of the pile). Something needed to be done.

I browsed the internet for lumber storage ideas and finally decided that my best bet was a work bench that also served as storage. I framed out an 8 foot bench with a center area for plywood storage, and small/scrap storage on the back. It took me a weekend to get it all done but it was a really easy build.

The bench would also act as sort of a divider between me and the outside world.

I used 2x4s, 3 inch spax screws (they are wonderful to use) and scraps to put this together. It might not be the prettiest but it feels plenty solid and it holds every bit of lumber and plywood I have with some room for more. Now its all off the floor, laying flat and I can actually find what I need for a project!

This is the frame
This is the frame
scrap bin made from scraps
scrap bin made from scraps
The bench and backsplash. I still need to add some finishing touches but it turned out pretty nice
The bench and backsplash. I still need to add some finishing touches but it turned out pretty nice
Everything fits!
Everything fits!
All nice and neat
All nice and neat