Published on September 17th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Varde work bench

Minor hack but big impact. Nice work on the workshop remodel, Brett.

“My recent project, altho’ there’s not too much ‘hacking’ going on, there is some. I used two Varde free standing kitchen units in my recent workshop remodel. I needed a sturdy bench, so I was able to use a single 57″span of extra Varde counter-top to span across the two units giving a strong bench to work on. I cut the other two counters tops to fit the remaining space.”

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15 Responses to Varde work bench

  1. Anonymous says:

    Excellent Idea, and a really nice workbench. I’ve just stolen it, using the 3 drawer stainless Varde units ref. 90049200, as I only have 2.88m to stretch.

  2. Anonymous says:

    That looks really nice, at $499 per Varde Unit, it’s a little pricey for me.

  3. brett says:

    hi james,

    here’s a link to the varde cabinet with drawers:


    with the counter-top, i took one counter-top whole and used it to span the gap between the two units – screwing it down into where it overlapped the units and also screwing into a small strip of wood i mounted on the wall studs to take additional load.

    i then took another counter-top and scribed it to the wall for a tight fit, then cut the scribed end. with it in place, i could then mark exactly where it overlapped the installed counter-top and cut there for a very precise fit. rinse and repeat for the other side.

    i then used a wood epoxy to fill any small gaps between them. sand and poly finish and it’s all good.

    the counter-tops can be screwed in from underneath from pretty much any location – so you are not restricted to the 4 corners.

  4. James says:

    Beautiful space. Nice work. Couple questions.

    I couldn’t find any Varde cabinets with the 9 drawers as displayed in your pict. Did you use cabinets that are a bit older and perhaps no longer sold by ikea, or did you custom install these drawers?

    Also, I have to admit, I’m a novice carpenter. Just wondering how you went about affixing the three counter tops to the 2 bases. I’m assuming that the original top was affixed to the base at each of the 4 corners. So if you cut the original tops, that would leave 2 unaffixed counter-top edges, no?

    Thanks in advance. Again, beautiful space and I love the green wall. I would love to put mimic this setup in my new home.


  5. Anonymous says:

    my husband loves this & I must agree it’s tidy yet “manly”, haha~~

  6. Emma says:

    I love this. It would be great for a craft studio as well. A bit on the pricey side though.

  7. brett says:

    thanks for the feedback. two months on and it doesn’t look quite so tidy!

    you’ll notice the left hand side of the bench was empty in the photo – it’s now jam-packed with my wife’s encaustic painting gear. :)

  8. Oh fervent jealousy! I am totally stealing this idea for my glass workshop.

  9. Marianne says:

    Great hack!

  10. Vee says:

    I must rememeber this hack on the day we finally tackle the garage!

  11. Anonymous says:

    that looks tight!!

  12. DIM'er says:

    That’s exactly how I want my workshop to look. Great job!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Nice “manly” hack! Love it.

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