DIY Workbench – Free Plans

Hey guys!  I am so excited about the workbench I built for the shop in my new house!  My shop is still a work-in-progress but this was a huge improvement and much needed addition!

DIY-Work-BenchI modified the workbench that Whitney built because I wanted more free space in my shop!  You can see her workbench HERE!  This is the perfect bench for small work spaces and I only spent about $100 including the casters.

This is a really quick and easy workbench and of course, we’ve got the Free Printable plans too!  You can click HERE or the image below to print them!


A HUGE thank you to our awesome friend Jay, over at Jays Custom Creations, for providing us with the printable version of our plans!!! He has tons of furniture plans on his site so go check them out 🙂

And as always, I’m sharing my step-by-step instructions to help!

drill-pocket-holesI had my MDF boards ripped down at Home Depot and I started by making my cuts and drilling pocket holes, with my Kreg Jig, in the legs.

build-legsHere is a pic of the assembled legs.

build-framesNext the frames!  They will both look like this but they are different sizes.

attach-legs-to-frameNext, I attached the legs to the frame

add-foot-padsThen I added the foot pads.

wood-screws-to-attachTo attach the bottom frame, I used 2 1/2″ wood screws from the inside of the frame into the legs.

attach-second-frameAlmost done! Add your casters here before it gets too heavy! (make sure to purchase locking casters)

attach-shelves-with-nailerI used my Ryobi Airstrike Nailer and wood glue to attach the bottom shelf

attach-bottom-shelfThen I attached the top the same way!

How-to-build-a-workbenchHow easy was that?!  I love rolling it out of my shop on pretty days (and to watch the kiddos play while I work)  As you can see, I have outfitted it with all of our favorite Ryobi power tools and mounted my K5 Kreg Jig to the top 🙂  Make sure to sign up for Ryobi Nation to get special MEMBER-ONLY discounts on their tools!  You can sign up HERE!

Workbench-DIYMy shop is the size of a standard one-car garage and you can see that it still gives me plenty of space to work in my shop!

DIY-Work-BenchI love it!!  Now I need to get back to building more furniture for the house 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by!



  • Michelle Leigh Senseney This is my second rolling workbench I’ve made and it’s my favorite. Thank you ladies for the plans!

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  • Warren Carlisle

    Where did you get those Fans?

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  • SouthPaw42

    FYI screws are not structural the are fasteners. You need to support top with wood all the way to ground. Take the 2×4 legs and laminate then to a 4×4 cut a rabbit at to of 4×4 to support 2×4 you then wrap the 2×4 around the left over 2×2.

  • Danielle Faverty

    My workbench turned out perfect! We decided to stain the frame and paint the mdf with a semi gloss. Works great! Love that it’s on locking casters!

  • Dennis Skillman Just completed this bench in one day. Thanks for the free plans, they worked great!

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  • Julie W

    I know this post is pretty old, but my husband and I just finished making ourselves one of these tonight, and we love it! It was our very first build, and now we have the bug!
    I do have one question though… I heard MDF is super absorbent, so should we seal it to add extra protection from moisture? We don’t plan to use liquids on it or anything, but it’s pretty humid here in SC many days of the year. Thoughts?

    • Jimmy White

      Yes it needs painted to seal, polyurethane is a good waterproof choice.

  • Anne Detlet

    Thank you! Thank you! I’m finally getting ready to roll with my projects and this workbench is exactly what I needed. We gathered everything we needed & my husband built this for me in no time. The plans were very easy to follow. I enjoy reading your posts. I find them inspiring and I’m hoping to be able to increase my skills and build more along my way.

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  • Don Heninger

    I know this is a bit of a zombie thread, but I decided this was an awesome idea, and since I have the room, I made some modifications.

    I added a foldable 24×48 leaf to the bench, this give me TONs of work space when I need it.

    I also added a couple of the 5″ plates to the tops of the legs, this gives me a total of 36 1/2″ of height, lines up with cut deck on the table saw, so I can use it as a run out table.

    Thanks for the kick start!!

  • Rebecca Tilley

    Had the best time making this! Only took a couple hours from start to finish. This was my first ‘official’ project for my home. Only the jumping off point for tons of other projects!

  • Austin

    Easy plans to follow! The plans that you have available for download really helped. Took about 3 hours while drinking some bud lights and listening to music. Looks great. Thanks!

  • Keonyn

    Thanks a ton for the wonderful plan and steering me towards the Kreg Jig. Made a project weekend of this and am pretty happy with the results.

    • Looks awesome!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂 so happy you like the Kreg too!

  • jjd3370

    Made a 6 ft. version. Just wanted to say thanks for the instruction! My first big project. Got into woodworking to stay away from my TV and refrigerator and lose some weight. 🙂 Thanks again!

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  • Jodi Doane

    This looks amazing in my garage. This is one of my favorite sites!

  • Ben Wilinski

    Great plans, and the Kreg Jig is amazing.

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  • Tom

    What size nails did you use to attach the top with the Ryobi Airstrike? How do you know what size to use for size of wood? New to airstrike

  • Chris Castaldini

    My plan is to put this in my garage, but the floor has a slight slant to it. Can I purchase casters that are adjustable to account for the slope? If not, would you recommend lengthening two of the legs instead? Thanks!

  • Jack

    I’m just asking: Follow me- 26.1/4″ legs+3/4″pad for casters+3/4″for MDF top+4″ casters=31.3/4″ total height. Is it just me or shouldn’t it be a little bit taller-like maybe 33″ or 34″ tall?

    • You could make it taller with the leg length. I’m only 5’3″ and this is the perfect height for me (especially when I put tools on top to use) It’s an easy modification though!

      • Jack

        That’s what I thought. Thank You.

    • William J Smithies Jr

      I was thinking the same thing (I know this thread is super old) I increased the length of the legs to 30 inches and it gave me the perfect working height, I am 6 feet tall.

      • William J Smithies Jr


  • Jack

    Hello Ashley(and Whitney), I was wondering: I have been blessed with approx. 20 2x6x9’s that I was able to pick up for $1.00 each(yes, that is $20.00 only!) Do you think I could build this workbench with all 2×6’s to save me some money since I already have them? Other then being beefier and heavier what other changes do you think I would need to do? Thank You

    • Lucky you! You absolutely can… I actually think it will look better! Beefy is good :-). Send pics when you get it done!

      • Jack

        Actually just found out the wood is some very nice, old, dense Southern Yellow Pine. This workbench is going to be VERY heavy!

  • Tsmiles

    I built this today as a surprise for my husband. He LOVES it! He kept
    Going on and on about how impressed he was I did it solo. I REALLY appreciate the diagram on exactly where to put the pocket holes because I always seem to spend a good amount of time trying to figure that part out. Thanks!

  • Shenanigans I say!

    Question, in your free work plan, it shows that your bottom foot-pads are 2×6, but in the pictures on your site, the foot-pads are actually 1×6 of what appears to be laminated board. This will make a minor difference in height, any reason why the plans are slightly different in this regard? I only ask because I’d prefer the 1×6 to the 2×6 myself, so I was curious where you picked up the extra wood in your build.

    • Hi! Use 1×6 if you have it. 2×6 is a suggestion for those without the scraps. I just used white wood pine scraps 🙂

      • Shenanigans I say!

        Thanks! That’s what I figured and I will do the same, just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing something 🙂 Great site and plans btw!

  • Todd Everett

    Awesome table. I’m going to make one this weekend and put the miter saw setup on top. A question for you: As you are gluing the legs together, do you clamp them or do the pocket screws hold it tight enough? Also, are you using the Gorilla Wood Glue that I see throughout your site?

  • Shankar Thanushkodi

    seems like an awesome plan. I am in the process of building this, but i have a question. when i am building something (not that i have built much, but i am enjoying it) i typically need to clamp something or else to the work surface. the current table i use has an overhang of about two inches which helps in clamping. since the top surface is flush to the base, i don’t see how i can clamp anything and i am not sure a two inch MDF could be used for clamping, feels like it would disintegrate. should i just get 3/4 plywood top with 2 inch wider top surface?

    • OneCanuck

      I used 2×4’s for the top and with a little pre planning you could end up with an inch and a half overhang. I use my bench more for mechanical and I like the slight grooves between the 2×4’s as it catches those small screws before they fall off and roll to wherever it is they roll to.

      • Good to know! Thank you for sharing that tip 🙂

  • Chris

    Question, do you sand or plane your lumber before assembling it? Everything looks so clean and straight. Thanks

    • Thanks Chris! We don’t but the Kreg Jig and clamps help a ton and we also spend time selecting good lumber!

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  • Olivia

    I use the Kreg Jig clamp that came with the kit for most
    of my projects. With the top frame of this work table being around 4 inches and the ¾ inch top not hanging over the frame are you able to use the standard size Kreg Jig clamp on this workbench? Is the standard size Kreg Jig clamp big enough to bypass the frame and clamp to just the top? I hope this question makes sense. :)… Thanks Olivia

    • Makes sense! The clamp won’t work with the table as-is. You could make the too wider and longer so that you have an over hang to use the clamps! When I clamp to a table, I use a different style clamp. Hope this helps!

  • David Virola

    Here is the photo of it complete! Thanks again!!

  • David Virola

    Ashley, you’re a lifesaver!! I was going to use Whitney’s plan but when I saw yours I was sold. Perfect size!! Bought the material this weekend and just wrapped up my build. I absolutely love it and can’t thank you ladies enough. Best plans and instructions on the internet. Keep up the good work. You have a loyal follower in me. Thanks again!!

  • Christina Kramer

    We built two of these over the 4th of July weekend. Very easy! My husband was very impressed with the instructions. I use mine to paint projects in my shop, and I love them! Thank you!

  • Ashley Pace Beckman

    Just made this and it turned out perfect you ladies make it seriously so easy to follow your directions!! Love love love it!!!

    • Ashley Pace Beckman

      Looks awesome might even make a little back splash for it with my extra piece of wood!

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  • YES!! My husband and I “fight” all the time about the space in the garage and his work bench – this will work and fit perfect in the space I made over on “my” side! I just need to run to home depot for wheels and MDF! Woot! Woot!! Thank you for these plans!

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  • jmagrino

    Awesome bench! I know you were looking for more space in the garage, but is a 24″ top deep enough? I’m debating between this one and the one you guys posted in January which has a 36″ top. You do save money on MDF with your version. Any reason you used plywood and 4″ casters instead of the 2×6 and 5″ like the previous post?

    • Thank you! I feel like 24″ is plenty to work on. Obviously the bigger the better if you have the room but I like having space to work on the floor too and this size was a good fit. I picked 4″ wheels because they didn’t have enough 5″ in stock 😉