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DIY Workbench

We get so many emails and messages asking us what are the basics to starting a workshop! One of the first pieces we suggest is a Workbench! This DIY workbench is the perfect build for beginners. You only need the 3 basic tools, that we suggest starting your workshop with, to build this. It’s easy to build, it’s great for storage, gives you a huge work space AND its affordable!

If this workbench looks familiar, you have probably seen it in our shops! Whitney has this full size version and Ashley built a more narrow version for her shop! You can see the narrow version HERE! We built this workbench for our friends garage! They just recently renovated a 70’s ranch house and we begged them to let us build them a functional workbench. We are building them tons of furniture for their new renovation and we needed a good work surface so, win-win!

Come watch just how easy this beast is to build! Click HERE or the video below to watch!

Don’t forget to download the FREE printable plans HERE and follow along with the how-to below!

Tools:

Drill

Miter Saw

Kreg Jig – You can find our favorite model HERE!

Supplies:

4 Casters – You can find them HERE!

Glue – You can find our favorite Glue Bot HERE!

2 1/2″ pocket hole screws

2 1/2″ wood screws

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After making all of our cuts, we used our Kreg Jig to drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes into the short frame pieces. You can find our favorite Kreg Jig model HERE!

The first step in assembly is to build the top and bottom frames. The top frame is larger than the bottom frame but they are both assembled the same way. We attached the short frame pieces to the long frame pieces with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Here is one of the frames assembled.

We drilled 1 1/2″ pocket holes into one side of the short leg pieces and attach them to the long leg pieces with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Next, we attached the legs to the frames with 2 1/2″ wood screws and wood glue.

We flipped the bench upside down and cut the foot pads to size. Then, we attached them to the bottom of the workbench with 2 1/2″ wood screws and wood glue.

Once the foot pads were attached, we attached the casters with 2 1/2″ wood screws and washers.

Flip the workbench back over and lay the bottom shelf in place. We used our Ryobi 18-volt Airstrike Nailer, with 1 1/4″ brad nails, and wood glue to attach the shelf to the bottom frame. You an use 1 1/4″ wood screws if you don’t have a nailer.

We attached the top plywood piece like we did the shelf!

At this point, you can leave it as-is or add a finish! Either way it’s ready for building!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Building!

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4 Comments

  1. John Sanchez on June 10, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Hello Ladies,
    I love your videos and plans. Today my wife and I are going to attempt our first piece, and are using your plans for the entryway bench. Wish us luck!

    I was wondering, since no bedroom is ever complete without a seat to sit on and put on your shoes and while getting ready in the morning if you guys had an anything for a bedroom bench that was different from previous builds?

  2. Cait Chancellor on May 30, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    My hubby and I made this workbench as our starter project and it turned out great! The color coded plans were my favorite part! Would love to attach a pic but wasn’t able to. Thanks!!

  3. www.EasyWoodwork.org on May 4, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    I built my own using the plans at www. EasyWoodwork.org – highly recommended you check those out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online.

    www. EasyWoodwork.org

  4. Jennifer on April 3, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Hello Ladies,

    I recently stumbled upon you two and have watching you guys like crazy. I subscribe to all your social media locations and have noticed that all of your pieces of furniture is more accommodating for bigger homes. I live in an apartment and was wondering if you have or are open to creating smaller plans for us girls in smaller living situations.

    Thank you and keep doing all the great stuff you all do. You two are very inspiring.

    Jennifer Smith
    Sacramento, Ca

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