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Workbench in an afternoon

Ready-to-assemble components provide a great way to stretch your budget and get that workbench and slatwall you've always dreamed about.

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Marta gets her basement back

Marta Clark was so ready for her husband, Mike, to move his tools out of their basement and into their 16x30' garage. End result: Mike got his new garage shop and Marta got her basement back!

For his primary work area, Mike selected a Gladiator GarageWorks 8' modular workbench, three ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets, and a GearWall wall system for tools (gladiatorgw.com). They assembled the pieces in about three hours.

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Save by assembling cabinets yourself

1. Bolt together the side panels, top, and bottom.

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Mike adds the lower back panel

2. Secure the lower back panel with seven nuts and bolts.

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Add the leveling legs

3. After placing the cabinet on its back, screw in the leveling legs.

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The drawer comes next

4. Assemble the sides and bottom for the drawer.

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Finalize the drawer

5. Add the drawer front to the bottom and sides.

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Slide the drawer in place

6. Insert the drawer and then attach the upper back panel.

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Add the shelf

7. Insert the shelf and attach it to the cabinet sides.

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A pair of doors encloses the front

8. With a helper, hang the two doors and adjust the fit.

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