Workbench for my Kreg Jig ~ DIY

Hey guys!

Well I mentioned a few days ago that this last weekend was “project organization” at my house.  This next project was one that I should have done a LONG time ago!

For those of you that haven’t pulled your Kreg Jig® out of the box, or are considering finally buying one, this is a GREAT first project!  It’s very simple, and you will have a place to work with your Kreg Jig® rather than the garage floor… Not that I have ever done that ;-)

I’m happy to say that my Kreg Jig finally has a new home, and I have a great new work space!  Check out my new workbench!

Yep I love it!

This is a very easy, basic build!  You can get the free plans for this workbench from Kreg Jig’s site!

It took me just about 2 hours or so to get it all cut and put together. I started by making all my cuts.  The plan printout is super easy to follow and tells you exactly where you need to make your pocket holes and what size.  I went ahead and made all my pocket holes after cutting all my boards.

 

I used our very favorite glue for all of my joints!

Gorilla Wood Glue

Here are a few process pics for you…

For my top I chose to use hardwood plywood panels rather than MDF.  I think MDF tends to ding up quite a bit, and the hardwood plywood is easier to paint as well.  Win win.

Here is the underside of my base as I attached it to the top.

That’s it for the build!  So simple!  The instructions are so great for a beginner and I can’t stress enough how perfect this would be for your very first Kreg Jig® project.  You will thank me… I promise. ;-)

I painted mine a light gray because I wanted to and because I thought it looked good with the blue!

 I am always fumbling for the drill bit and the driver bit.  I also like to have a ton of pencils ready to go.  I decided to spray paint some cans and attach them to the front.  Shanty but oh so chic, right?

I now have a great place for my screws too!

And let’s not forget to mention the most important part…

Awww so much better than the floor!

I finished up my project by asking myself why I didn’t tackle this project a year ago!

You can also check out a complete video walkthrough of this project by going to the links below!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FOx3bTo3G4

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwFwYmwA43I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcJQ8TEYRIg

Thanks so much for stopping by guys!  Don’t forget to download the free plans for the workbench HERE!

~Whitney

  • David Redden

    I saw this on Pinterest a couple days ago and had to immediatly build it for myself. A couple modifications I made was adding recessed power strips to the front and back, and recessing the Kreg Jig to make it flush with the top of the workbench. I also cut a small piece of plywood to fill the area in when I’m not using the jig.

  • http://www.facebook.com/misty.h.doughty Misty Hunt Doughty

    Is it possible to find the plans for this somewhere else? I am not able to get it from the Kreg website.

  • http://www.facebook.com/misty.h.doughty Misty Hunt Doughty

    I am not able to get the plans from the Kreg website….is it possible toget the plans another way?

  • Cindy

    Hello! The top of your workbench looks thicker than the 3/4 thickness mentioned in the plan. Did you do anything different? Thank you!!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      That’s because they have you double it up! :-)

      • Cindy

        Oh, I wasn’t reading it right. I asked too soon, sorry. Thanks so much for the VERY prompt response!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.gray.37853 Sarah Gray

    I had my husband teach me how to use the Kreg Jig recently so I don’t have to ask him (and wait for him) when I’m in the mood to create. I freaking LOVE it! I don’t know why I was intimidated for so long…

  • MamideRay

    What did you use to attach your cans to the surface? Screws? Were they pre drilled? I made the workbench. Totally agree soooo easy. But don’t know how to attach those oh so cool cans :)

  • Mitchell

    I will make that. Nice and simple.

  • Marcia

    Umm, Kreg jig website appears to contain malware, last detected 7/29/12. Be aware it may cause harm to your computer. Is there any way to get the plans without downloading from their website?? Or how can we let them know they are infected?

  • Mindy

    Awesome! I got my husband one two years ago and neither one of us has used it yet!!!! :( I’m pinning this.

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Awesome Mindy!! Get it out!

  • Kreg Brady

    Excellent! A further improvement would be to make “outwings” on either side of (and equal to the height of) the Kreg Jig deck. Good job!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Good thinking Kreg! I may just add those!

  • Runt

    So cool! I told my husband yesterday that I wanted a Kreg Jig and he was like, “a what?!” LOL I looked it up and I think I am going to start with the Kreg Jig junior. Do you think that’ll be okay for basic projects/a beginner??

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Hey there!

      I would actually totally recommend the K4 model. It is a bit more pricey at around $100, but it really is so much easier to work with. Everything Ash and I have done on the blog has been done with a K4. Hope this helps!! :-)

  • amy

    Can you do this with the mini kreg jig (the ) one?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Yes Amy! But the K4 is what Ashley and I use and it makes it much easier!!

  • Nicole White

    Oh, and this is fabulous!!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      ;-)

  • Nicole White

    Will you be having another Kreg Jig giveaway anytime? I just bought one, but it was one of the smaller ones and I’m thinking after my first project I’ll want the big boy! Lol

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      I’m not sure about the giveaway Nicole! :-) But… the K4 model that Ashley and I use is only $100 at Lowe’s and HD. It’s the best tool investment ever!

  • Stephanie

    Hello ladies! I’ve been following you guys for a while now and LOVE all of our projects! One question I have has been bugging me for a while now about the Kreg Jig…what do the holes (that the tool makes) do? I am confused about the purpose, if you could answer that would be great! Thanks!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Hollie posted a video below… Thanks Hollie!
      I will say too that the Kreg jig makes building easier, and makes your projects so much stronger. It also creates a way to build furniture without having screws and nail holes showing everywhere. Hope this helps a little bit! :-)