Wife calls it the ‘man cave’. It’s indeed a nice place to relax from the office job – and to build things. I didn’t bring any tools or machines over from our home in Austria because they all belonged to my dad, so I had the wonderful opportunity to buy everything new here in NZ. :)
I thought: OK, let’s get some 2×4 timber and a number of plywood sheets and build a workbench quickly. But it turned out to be quite a challenge to use up the ordered materials to the max without getting heaps of offcuts. I also wanted to have a workbench that is at least 0.8m deep so I can set up my mitre saw without it falling over at the front. Well, and there should be drawers to avoid that all the tools get covered in a layer of dust when I’m cutting stuff in the garage. But it turns out Mitre10 only stocks plastic crap drawer runners, so I ordered some European quality stuff online. They’re the same that IKEA uses in all their products by the way.
Planning how to build the whole thing without having heaps of visible screws at the front did cost me some extended thinking periods at night, but I ultimately figured it out. For the drawers I used dowels for the front panel and all other framing screws, except those holding down the benchtop, are nicely hidden on the back side.