Ok now HERE'S an example of something quick and easy that you can put together in a weekend. All it takes is some 10"-12" wide x 1" thick lumber (actually, this one took a LOT, to the tune of 24'...), 12' of 5" x 1", a 4' x 4' project panel (1/4" thick is what I went with), and some paint.
Does this HAVE to be a kids' room bookshelf? Absolutely not. Actually, if I had stained it instead of painted, and perhaps made the trim details a little less "whimsical" at the top, it could easily have gone into the living room. This thing is SOLID, it's made it through 3 moves (one cross-country!).
Want a solid workbench but don’t have the $$$? Well... can you spare a little time and throw down $30 for supplies?
Money can be tight. Even when it's not, I still go a little bonkers when I see the prices of some of these workbenches!
Look, it's a bench. If you take away the baffles and the trim, all you really need is WOOD and SCREWS. Oh, and tools.
A few weeks ago, a neighbor saw me tinkering and tooling in my garage and stopped by. He chatted for a bit, then got to the ask: a temple for his home. He showed me a picture of one he liked: "Can you make this?" Me: "Don't know... never tried."
I've always said (totally arrogant, I know) I could build anything I see, and this project definitely put that boast to the test! I spent around 40 hours on it total, with at least 15 of those hours getting YouTube University credits and scratching my head while staring like a zombie at a pile of wood (and another 5-10 fixing mistakes).