New Year… New Workbench Baby!

Happy New Year friends!

I am SOOO excited to share this latest build with you!  I decided to build a little something for myself this go around.  I figured it was time to get a lot of my projects off the garage floor and onto a workable space.  Check out my simple DIY workbench!

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Shanty2Chic DIY Workbench

Ahhh… Isn’t it perfect??  I love everything about it!  Ashley and I have been working with our friends at Ryobi Power Tools to create fun DIY videos for you guys.  They always have the BEST workbenches for our shoots, and I come home feeling super inspired to build one for myself.  Well… I finally did.  This is a large workbench, but it really is a very simple build!  I tried my best to break it down for you, but feel free to ask me anything!

Here we go!

Supply List

2 – 2x6x8

7 – 2x4x8

2 4×8 sheets of 3/4″ MDF

4 5″ locking rubber casters

2.5″ wood screws

Kreg Jig

I started by building my frames.  This workbench has two frames… A top frame, and a bottom shelf frame.  Here are the measurements of both.

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I used 2×4’s for both frames.  I also used my crazy awesome Kreg Jig to put the whole thing together.  If you don’t have a Kreg Jig, you can also predrill and attach all the pieces with 2.5″ wood screws.  But, I totally suggest the Kreg Jig!  Makes this part a breeze and you won’t have screws showing on the outside.

I used 1 1/2″ pocket holes and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws to attach all my pieces.  I did this because the width of the wood is 1.5″.

Kreg Jig corner of workbench

Kreg Jig Pocket Holes

Now for the legs!  Each leg is made from one 2×4 and one 2×6 piece.  These measure 26.5″ long each.  I attached the legs together first using my Kreg Jig.  You can see where I put my pocket holes into my 2×4 pieces.  I did 3 on each 2×4 piece.  Then, I used Gorilla Wood Glue and 2.5″ screws to attach the legs together.

Workbench Legs

Here is another shot of the legs…

Workbench Legs 2

Each leg will also have a 5″ 2×6 piece on the bottom of each leg.  These will hold the bottom shelf in place and hold the casters once it is all built.  I used wood glue and 2 1/2″ wood screws to attach these to the bottom of each leg.  Here it is after I attached the frames to it…

Workshop Leg Base

Once I had all the legs built, I attached them to my frames.  The legs will line up on the outside of the bottom shelf frame, and on the inside of the top frame.  I used heavy duty 2.5″ torx screws on this part.  You can see them on the inside of my top frame.  I also used my drill to pre drill before attaching.

Now for the shelves! This is the heavy part…So I got my hubby to help me lift them up.  I used 3/4″ MDF for each shelf.  I had the nice guys at Home Depot cut it down for me.

Here are those measurements…

Bottom Shelf – 30″ x 66″

Top Piece – 36″ x 72″

Workbench Leg 3

I used my Ryobi Airstrike Nailer to attach both pieces of MDF.  I didn’t use glue on this part, because I want to be able to easily change out these pieces when they get too worn.

Ryobi Cordless Brad Nailer

That’s it!  My final step was adding the casters which I found at Northern Tool.  These are 5″ rubber locking casters.  I also gave the my frames and legs one fast coat of white paint and used my Corner Cat sander to distress them a bit… Every good workbench should be cute too, right??

Here she is all finished up!

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Shanty2Chic DIY Workbench

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Did I mention I totally love it??  Just checking!  I built the whole thing for under $130.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I would LOVE for you to pin and share my new workbench with all your friends!  Let me know if you have any questions at all!

~Whitney

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  • Fotografia Sérgio Salgueiro

    Hi Shanty2Chic girls! Portuguese fan here! =) I’ve been following your work for a while now and I want to build this workbench to start my home woodshop. The problem is converting the US measurements into our metric system (cm or m), because I always end up with not even numbers (1 inch = 2,54 cm and so on..) and these doesn’t match with commercialy available wood sizes. Could you help me get the right measurements for this plans? Thank you so much and keep up inspiring us with your awesome works!!

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  • Mike Kenig

    Nice simple plans for a great workbench! I made mine a little taller to match my table saw and also added a 2″ overhang on three sides for clamping. The fourth side I left flush so it still fits in front of the truck in the garage 🙂

  • jimgwilliam

    I’m about to start building mine tonight. Just got the lumber and the tools I need. Drafted up a quick model last night to make sure I’m all set.

  • Lavon Gittens

    Trying to find where you can print a copy of the plans.

    Thank you,
    Lavon

  • Nick Davenport

    Thanks for the plans! I just finished my build today and can’t wait to use it for the long list of other projects I have to get finished. Unfortunately, adding height was an afterthought, but I just doubled up the 5″ 2×6 pieces before attaching the casters.

  • Jerry Shouse

    Found your post on Pinterest.
    I just finished my workbench yesterday!
    Do we have to worry about the entire board of MDF absorbing water? or just the edges?
    I’ve read to seal the board with an oil based primer, but I wanted to double check.

  • What kind of torx screw did you use to attach the legs to the frame? Do you have a link to Amazon (or other website) maybe?

  • James

    Thanks for the plans. Here is how my workbench turned out

  • Brian

    Thanks for the great instructions. I followed them but chose to not add casters. I also added a backsplash with outlets.

  • James

    How much does this bench weigh? How much are the casters ? Everywhere I look they are expensive

    • ldahl264

      Not sure about the weight but the red casters you see in many of the pictures run about $10 a piece.

  • David Vige

    Finished mine last night! Only change I made was adding 5″ to the legs to accommodate my 6′ 3″ height. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Jeffrey Kwasnaza

    Plan to be making this bench by the weekend so I can start the long list of projects my wife has for me. Having the bench on wheels is a great idea when working with little space.

  • Jeff MacInnis

    I just built one of these. I made many mistakes and learned quite a bit. Thank you for a great site, I have learned a lot from
    it!

  • Guest

    I just built one of these. I made many mistakes and learned quite a bit along the way. Thank you for a great site, I have learned a lot from it!

    • Jeff MacInnis

      Sorry for the duplicate post, not sure what happened.

  • c69101

    Nice workbench!

  • Spencer Sampson

    Hey, I just finished making this. I am about to attach the casters and I was wondering what kind of hardware you used to attach them?

  • Abby Cook

    Sat on my garage floor to build this workbench. Thanks! Love it! Now I’m a Kreg-for-Lifer

  • Jim Fink

    I am going to make two of these. One for my welding room and wrap the top and sides with metal so the work will be grounded and wood is cheaper (most times) than metal. I can get more working space and I really need to organize my scape metal pieces I use for my “Art Welding” pieces. The other will be used in the garage and used for projects only – no storage nothing but the current working project. I have 3 tables now all the same size you have if not larger and I have crap on all of them – even my metal work table I made in my ALC (Adult Learning Center). The other table was to be used for painting and stains…ha! It has car crap, fishing stuff, 5 gallon pales, 3 battery testing terminals – mostly all liquid stuff and is always in the corner with my motorcycle – mower – 2 tool chests – planer, jointer and table saw and 15 gallon vacuum – car lifts (drive up on racks) etc. I have a 30 X 30 garage and I can’t find a place to work in it. So another promise…to use these as IN PROGRESS working surfaces – no bags, boxes or ….You might think I am talking to my 5 guys crew…nope – I am talking to myself. Many arguments are handled wrestling in the yard – I don’t win most of the time. Thanks Shanty Ladies!!!!

  • Mel Mac

    It has finally warmed up here in the Toronto area, and this project was #1 on my spring to do list.

    Thanks for the plans, they were perfect.

  • Mike Abney

    Terrific workbench. I found it on this site about 10 days ago when I was looking for a workbench plan and built it today. The plans are easy to use: A picture with dimensions and a few words of wisdom. I bought a Ryobi Airstrike as well for the top and some trim work that I am doing for my entertainment room. Very nice tool. I am a Dewalt guy usually. Their equivalent was more than $100 more and not as nice.

    I looked at the suggestions and went with Melamine for the top and bottom shelf and added a pair of magnetic strips. The neighbors stopped by as I was finishing it up and were impressed. Thank you for posting the plans. I look forward to doing more of your projects.

    • Thanks so much Mike for your awesome comment! It totally made my day reading it! Happy you are pleased… We would love to see a picture of yours if you ever want to send one along 🙂

  • Jennifer B

    Great simple design & tutorial. I wish I had read the comments, or thought about customizing first. At 5″10″ this bench is too short for my standing comfort. Going back to the lumber store so I can build up the bottom & put the wheels back on.

  • steve Z

    Thanks for the plans. They are great benches!!! I built two. One for my girlfriend and one for me. Hers I made to your specs, Mine I made larger and added home made Bench Dogs and a vise

  • steve Z

    what did you use to attach to the base in order to attach the casters to the bench. Did you use actual Kreg screws or another brand?

  • Paul Bennett

    I built your bench and then added drawers on both ends now ihave more work and storage space. thanks for the great plans and jut to let you know the Kreg Jig is the best gift ever.

    • That is so awesome Paul!! Loved this message! And yes… The Kreg Jig is AMAZING! Enjoy your new table!

    • Mike

      Hey Paul… How did you add the drawers? I was thinking of doing the same!

  • Lauren Halagarda

    Thanks for sharing! I am in the planning process on a miter saw cart (just got a Ryobi 10″ sliding compound miter saw!) and I’m waffling over the height, which will affect a subsequent workbench build.

    What height do you ladies find comfortable (and how tall are you)? Or better yet, what is the tabletop even with on you? wrists? belt? etc.
    Gosh, that sounds so personal…

    • TBJWebmaster

      I don’t know if it is different for females, but most recommendations for wood work bench height suggest the top should be about level with your wrist when standing. This certainly works well for me.

      • Lauren Halagarda

        Thanks, TBJWebmaster! 32″ seems way too low…nervous about building something all wrong 🙂 Will try to set up a temporary table to work from at that height to test it out.
        Thanks again!

    • Hi Lauren I am just seeing these so sorry! With casters this stands 35″ which is almost the exact height as my miter saw bench. I personally love the height. I’m 5′ 2″. We have had several people that have made this table just as I did and are very pleased with it. And I am totally able to clamp to it… I do it all the time. Hope this helps!

  • Gregory Young

    Thanks for the kick in the pants. I’ve needed to make a new bench for a while. Love your site!

    • Oh that’s awesome Gregory!! Thanks so much for the nice words!!

  • Candiece Barnthouse

    I love the size of this and totally love that my hubby or I can take it out to the drive way for big jobs or just to work in nice weather! Thank you so much for sharing. SO ready to get this project going.

  • Lisa

    I love the idea of the magnetic strip! I am always searching for my boxes of bits, and this takes away that issue — just grab what you need from the strip. I’m going to look for a way to add one of these in my garage work space. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Tara Hayes Carrasco

    Once I opened my Kreg Jig just now I answered my own question about the pocket hole screws! Happy they included some because I’m making a couple of your blanket ladders right now! 🙂

  • Tara Hayes Carrasco

    Do you think it would work for me to use 2×3’s for this? I just have a ton of them so it would be cheaper for me but I don’t want to if it won’t be durable enough. I just got a Kreg jig so this will be my first project with it! Yay! But one question, are pocket hole screws much different than regular screws because no one at Home Depot had any idea what I was talking about! Thanks!!! 🙂

    • Lauren Halagarda

      Hi Tara,
      Re: HD and pocket hole screws: I had a similar problem with no one knowing what I’m talking about. Make sure you talk to the tool expert- the Kreg screws are usually with the Kreg tools, and they would know.

    • TBJWebmaster

      You can get Kreg screws on Amazon or at Lowes (if you have one nearby).

      They have fine ones for hardwood and coarser ones for softwood. They take a #2 square bit (much better than crosspoint) and the heads are shaped to fit the hole left by the Kreg bit. They are also self tapping.

      I find I have to be careful when using them near end grain (screwing into the undrilled section), and often use a size 1/4″ less than they say (or adjust the jig) to avoid the point sticking out.

      That said, they are excellent, much better than stock shelf crosspoints.

    • Hi Tara,

      If you don’t want to get the Kreg Screws or your HD doesn’t carry them, you can find pocket hole screws in bags down the screw isle. They will be under the premium wood screws section.

    • Tara Hayes Carrasco

      Thank you all so much! Apparently the tool expert on duty at my HD wasn’t such a tool expert after all! I have a Lowe’s and a HD catty-corner from each other so that makes things convenient! 🙂 I’ll check again!

      • Glad they helped you Tara! I like ordering on amazon too… I can always find what I need there. Hope you got it all worked out!

  • Myeloman

    Just a thought, I use melamine for my workbench tops, cleans up a lot easier and is nice for drawing out full size drawings of projects. I’ve used it commercially for years and it’s tough and durable. Even wood glue that drips onto it comes off easily with a scraper of after a short soak with a wet rag. I’d also second Matt’s suggestion that an overhang be left around the edges for clamping. Great tutorial though!

  • Mel Mac

    Awesome! Thank you for sharing how you built this. I am not clear (or I’m dense) on how you attached the bits to the legs to support the bottom shelf. Can you expand on that, please?
    A smaller version will be perfect for my single car garage, and can be easily wheeled out to the driveway when working on projects. LOVE IT.

  • Denise Johnston Waghorn

    Looks like you permanently attached your Kreg jig, right? And is that a magnetic strip? Also wondering about the clamping question from Matt. Great build though. Might be my first project with my jig!

  • I feel a new bench coming on for our garage! Thanks for sharing ya’ll – Happy New Year!

  • Whitney,

    This bench is great and thanks for the tutorial. I am just about to be in need of a new one myself and this will be perfect. Thank you for all that you share!

    – Matt

    • TBJWebmaster

      I’d certainly want an overhanging edge for clamping. I would reinforce the edge with 2.5″ (or wider) x 3/4″ timber glued underneath (to give total thickness of 1.5″) to prevent damage from the clamps and a little more stability. I would also consider an edging piece around as I don’t like seeing the edge of MDF.

      • I haven’t had a hard time clamping to the table at all. I use the 2×4 that runs just under the top. And you can certainly finish it however you like… I don’t mind the look of that MDF, but an edge banding would be an easy fix. Thanks!