The 2x4 Basics brackets are used to connect the structure's building components much like Simpson Strong-Tie products are used for building decks. The system eliminates the need for miter joints and cross- bracing and requires little more than a saw, tape measure and screwdriver for construction. Plus, any building technique that saves time is worth a look. Working with all straight 90- degree butt-joints and prefab brackets spared me a lot of time that I'd otherwise spend measuring and fabricating shop- made brackets. I was able to assemble a triple-decker work table and a three-tiered storage shelf in just a few hours. F3 Brands offers a variety of brackets, including shed kits, bench brackets, etc. For this proj- ect I selected the company's WorkBench Legs and ShelfLinks, and designed my shelves to pro- vide ample storage while econo- mizing my trip to the lumberyard ( www.2x4basics.com). TRIPLE-DECKER WORKBENCH I used a single 4x8 sheet of 3/4-inch plywood to make my three work table shelves, which meant I had enough material to rip three equal sections, each measuring 4 ft. by 32 inches. The design of the leg brackets requires the shelves to be mounted on top of 2x4 sup- port rails. This told me I needed to cut three sets of 2x4s that would each assemble into a rec- tangular frame with an outside perimeter of 4 feet by 32 inches. After cutting the components to size, begin assembly by fastening three of the longest 2x4 rails into the prefab legs. Each leg is made from structural foam plastic resin and includes preformed screw holes that guide 3-inch decking screws at an offset angle into the 2x4s. This toe-nailing effect cre- ates a strong joint that cinches the corners tightly together. Proceed to fastening the six short rails into the leg assembly. To keep the structure level during assembly, I temporarily propped the lower short rails on a couple of vertical 2x4 blocks. Before adding the final two legs, you'll need to slip in the lower and middle plywood shelves, which should fit flush over the tops of the rails. Screw the plywood onto the rails with 1-1/2-inch wood screws. Once These four leg brackets combine with 2x4's and plywood for an easy-to-build bench. The bench and the shelves shown in this story require only straight 90-degree cuts for assembly.