How to build a motorcycle workbench
There comes a time in every garage dweller's life that they need to at least build themselves a workbench. After having completed a couple of other woodworking projects I thought it was a good time to use some of the remaining scraps and get the bike off the ground onto a more suitable working height.
The build was super basic and took about half a day. The cost of materials was around $80 although I did have a majority of the hardware and some lumber.
I spent a large amount of time working out the ideal height for the bench as I wanted something that I could comfortably work on the engine as well do any necessary wiring around the dash etc. I'm about 6ft so for I figured 500mm was a good height. I also wanted something that I could easily move around hence the addition of the castor wheels.
As for the width I also wanted to be able to have the side stand down just for ease of rolling the bike up and down off the table. The length I kept at the default length of the timber it was also enough to cater for a rear wheel stand if I needed to.
3 x 140x34 x 2400 Pine
3 x 70x35 x 2400 Structural Pine
1 x 2400 x 1200 x 15mm Structural Ply
4 x 100kg lockable castors
1 x box of 100mm 8g screws
1 x box of 30mm 8g screws.
2 x Pergola U Bolts
I first drew this up in Sketchup and as you can see it's basically a glue and screw operation. Although for the bottom shelf I checked in 15mm each side to cater for the narrow shelf. I did this with a router and then cleaned it up with a chisel.
Wheel chock - After looking for one on ebay and the like I decided that I would make my own just from some RHS Steel and flat bar welded together. After that was done I simply bolted that into the ply. The thickness of the steel is 3mm and is overkill for this but it was the only type I could get.
Looking forward to giving this some use over the next few months. I'll make the sketchup available shortly in case anyone wants to download it.
|Mockup in Sketchup|
|Enough space for the side stand|
|Enough length for a rear wheel stand|
|Ubolt and Front wheel chock allow for the tiedown|