That is why you built a shed it improved your life.
Next figure out where in your work shop area you be able to build and install the bench. Will it go against a wall or be freestanding out in the middle of the room? Will it be a high bench or a low bench? Do you need special such accommodations as a vise or power strips? Will tools be stored in, on or around it? Basically think about what you want from your dream workbench. There is nothing more exasperating than building something only to discover later that it doesn’t do what you had hoped it would do. Take your time here and think about it.
If a free set of plans is going to be of value to you, it should include all the same elements that are included in a professional set of plans. Remember it is your road map, and it can get very expensive to get lost when you are building a shed. Balance the free cost of the plan, with the cost of time and money saved by using accurate plans.
When you look at all the different types, styles and sizes of sheds, each with its own plan, there are hundreds of different shed plans. There are so many different types, styles and sizes of plans, you do not know where to start.
Now shelving material is another issue that must be addressed. For cabinets to be of higher quality, I recommend using the same hardwood material that you designate for the door fronts and cabinet faces. For lower cost wood you could use a high grade clear pine, but remember pine wood is soft and prone to denting and scuffing.
Asa Christiana from Fine Woodworking offers a simple workbench plan with a complete lumber, hardware and supply list as well as step-by step instructions. You can find it here: http://www.finewoodworking.com/PlansAndProjects/PlansAndProjectsArticle.aspx?id=31003.
Whether you choose hardwood or sheet metal, you are sure to find several ways to make your workbench more functional. To have more space in your workbench, consider installing drawers and compartments into the overall design of your project. This will not only leave you with an opportunity to have a bigger working area, but will also give you access to your tools should you need any of them.
Even if you only use hand tools to make your own wood crafts, you will never know when you might have to use a power tool, and garage workbenches are of no help when they are a great distance away from an electrical outlet. Plan your work area properly to make sure that you have everything you need including drawers, pegs for hanging tools, safety ladders, and of course, a good power source. This will make your woodworking project easier to do and more convenient.
Because you build a shed that perfectly matches your needs, your life improved. You saved a lot of money. You are more productive, getting things done easier and quicker. You are making better use of your time.
Choose the materials – aside from basing this on your budget, you should also include in your contemplation the nature of work you will be using the workbench for as well as the environmental conditions that it will be subjected to in order to maximize its life. There are many choices for materials including wood and steel and there are further sub-varieties of which so choose wisely.