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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 WorkbenchI 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!

DIY Workbench

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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 brad 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 🙂

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!

~Ashley

 

50 Comments

  1. Darrin Taylor on August 10, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Thank you for posting the plans.

    I need to build some for my shop. So you have plans for one that is 48″ long by 36″ wide????? The height needs to by about 36′ tall.

    Thank you even if you can not help me.

  2. Sage Hale on May 6, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    I just completed this workbench and it was my very first project! I am going to make a smaller version of your miter saw bench and make it work with the workbench for longer boards. I had so much fun! I was going to post a picture but didn’t see where to attach the photo. Thanks girls! Love all your projects and videos! I cannot wait to get started on more fun projects! This is my new hobby! I need a break from my life as a principal!

  3. Diane on March 17, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Love my new workbench! Thanks for the great plans.
    I do have one question. Why did you use plywood for the 3×6’ workbench and MDF for the 2×8’? I’m new at this so I was just wondering.

  4. yvena M on November 13, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Hey ladies! great project. One problem I see. For this project i think it’s fine but for later know that When using pocket holes as a way to conjoin wood. the hole SHOULD be on the outside, although most ppl use these to HIDe the hole.

    Example. You have two 2x4s in a “L” shape. put the holes on the outside. Putting them inside the “L” give it it weaker hold.

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  6. _MrMark on March 14, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Two wide and shallow drawers would be a nice addition, since there is only one brace in the center of the top. I made a very similar bench with two drawers. It’s great when you need a calculator, pencil or notepad to just pull out a drawer also for nails and screws in small plastic organizers.

  7. Warren Carlisle on July 18, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Where did you get those Fans?

  8. SouthPaw42 on April 27, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    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.

  9. Julie W on August 11, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    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 on May 7, 2017 at 2:23 am

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

  10. Anne Detlet on August 6, 2016 at 7:20 am

    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.

  11. Don Heninger on March 4, 2016 at 7:40 am

    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!!

  12. Rebecca Tilley on February 1, 2016 at 11:46 am

    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!

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  13. Austin on November 12, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    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!

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