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Workbench fastener

Hey Guys.. I'm new to the forum. So bare with me please.

I'm getting ready to build a workbench and some shelving in my garage. I'm planning on using 2x4's and 3/4 plywood. I already have a design in my head, but I'm confused about the fasteners. I have a framing nailed that I would like to use for speed, but I can use screws or bolts if neccessary. Can anyone shed some light onto which I should use? I do understand that screws vs nails have different shear strength, but this will mainly be for tool storage.

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i'd use screws since nails have a tendency to work loose over time.
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I can't seem to upload the sketch, but basically it will be a set of 4 shelves on the left with 2x4 posts and 18"x18" decks to hold various tools. then attached to that going to the right will be the 6' bench with a double layer of 3/4" for the top then storage shelves below sized for specific tools (tile saw, cutter boards, shop vac, miter saw, etc) the table will have an overhang on the far right for my ridgid table saw to slide under. Above the table will be a peg board and bulletin board. To the right of it will be a set of low shelves about 4' long to hold various mortars and grouts.

Hopefully this makes sense.
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How much risk do I have of the nails working loose, should i choose to go that route and what time period are we talking about.

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I have some damaged sheetrock in the garage so I was planning on lining the bottom 4' of the garage with osb all the way around and up to the ceiling in two spots to hold some hanging racks for yard tools and dirty coats. Any thoughts?
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1) It sounds a lot more like a permanant bench than a collapsible bench.
2) Use screws and glue. Nails will disappoint you.
3) Have you considered using pegboard to some extent? Very handy.
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I would definitely use screws and glue for tables and shelving. Far superior to nails as others have stated. My workbenches are made from 2x4's with lap joints and dadoes glued and screwed. The tops are 3/4" birch ply. The 4 tables that go up against my walls are fastened to the stude with lag bolts.
Take the extra time to overbuild your worktables and you will never regret it...
I have OSB board covering all of the walls in my shop. It holds fasteners good, is affordable and is durable. Pegboard is great for hanging tools on pegs and I use the plastic pegboard from Lowes above my workbench but I don't know how practical it would be on the lower 4 feet of your walls.

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Hi clifton.

Welcome to the forum. As mentioned by others, screws have major advantages over nails in many projects. One advantage not mentioned is that if you assemble something and then realise it isn't right, or not quite what you want, it is very easy to take it apart without damaging the material, and reassemble as you want it. I find that I am using screws and glue more and more in my shop projects.

OSB will give you a fairly substantial mounting surface. Definitely much stronger than drywall, and fairly reasonable to purchase. Peg board is also very practical, although I personally don't care for it because I don't like all those hooks sticking out at me.

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