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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!

Come watch just how easy this beast is to build! Just click the Play button in the box below to watch!

CLICK HERE TO JUMP TO THE FREE PRINTABLE PLANS

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!

You can find the FREE Printable Plans at the end of this post!

Tools

Drill

Miter Saw

Kreg Jig – You can find our favorite model HERE!

DIY Workbench 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

Step 1 – Building the Frames

Drilling Pocket Holes

DIY Workbench

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!

Attaching Frame

DIY Workbench

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.

DIY Workbench

Here is one of the frames assembled.

Step 2 – Legs

Assembling the Legs

DIY Workbench

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.

Attaching the Legs

DIY Workbench

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

Step 3 – Foot Pads

DIY Workbench

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.

Step 4 – Casters

DIY Workbench

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

Step 5 – Bottom Shelf

DIY Workbench

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.

Step 6 – Attach Top

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

DIY Workbench

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

DIY Workbench

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Building!

4.88 from 8 votes

DIY Workbench

This DIY workbench is the perfect build for beginners. You only need the 3 basic tools to build it. Make sure to click the link below to download and print the full set of plans, including the supply list!
https://www.shanty-2-chic.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Large-Workbench-Plans.pdf
Keyword: diy, free plans, how to, workbench

Supply List

  • 2 2x6x8 Pine or Framing Lumber
  • 7 2x4x8 Pine or Framing Lumber
  • 2 4’x8’x34″ MDF
  • 4 5″ Locking Swivel Casters Link in Post
  • 2″ Brad Nails
  • 2 1/2″ Wood Screws
  • 2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws

Instructions

  • Cut List 1
  • Cut List 2
  • After making all of the cuts, drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes into the short pieces of the frames. Build the top and bottom frame by attaching the short pieces to the long pieces with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.
  • Drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes into the 2×4 leg pieces and attach them to the 2×6 pieces with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Do this for all 4 legs.
  • Attach the legs to the outside corners of the bottom shelf with 2 1/2″ wood screws and wood glue, from the inside of the frame, into the legs. The bottom of the legs should be flush with the bottom of the frame.
  • Flip the bench over and slide the top frame over the legs. Attach them with 2 1/2″ wood screws and wood glue, through the legs and into the frame. The top of the legs should be flush with the top of the frame.
  • Attach the feet to the bottom of the frame with 2 1/2″ wood screws and wood glue.
  • Attach the casters to the center of each foot.
  • Attach the bottom and top shelves with wood glue and 2″ brad nails.
    All finished! At this point you can add a finish or leave it bare. Make it your own and be sure to share your builds with us on social media and use #shanty2chic so we can share them too! Happy Building!

39 Comments

  1. R.M. Samples on April 21, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Hey ladies thanks and think I’m gonna modify these plans to start making Big Green Egg tables BC demand is thru the roof right now, very sturdy work table so a few extra braces & treated lumber. Nix the MDF & go w/treated 2×6 top & bottom few shelves & barn doors & “boom” should be great.

  2. Mark B Marquis on March 13, 2021 at 7:56 am

    5 stars
    Awesome workbench. I made this last year and have since added things. I liked using the MDF a lot so that I wouldn’t worry too much about beating it up. Some plans I saw had bands of 2×4’s on their sides to make the surface. I’m sure that looks nice but too nice to mess up.

    The reason I’m just now reviewing is that today I’m trying to reconfigure the dimensions to use the same plan for a Lego Table for my kids. It has to be more like 60”x40” MAX. It also has to be a bit lower. The MDF can probably be thinner since it’s only Legos and I’ll be gluing Lego tiles to the surface. I like the plan for the Lego table better than other “Lego Table” plans because I has the under storage as well as the casters. I can also feel free to add things to it. Anyway thanks for the plans. Very handy.

  3. Katie Salinas on February 13, 2021 at 7:03 am

    I just made the workbench and it turned out great. It was my first big project. Your instructions gave me confidence to do it, and I’m very proud. My daughter helped me, and we posed for a picture sitting on it like you did. She’s proud too. Love that you are women and are making the plans available for free. Thank you so much.

  4. Darrell Bellamy on December 23, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    5 stars
    My first ever DIY project. I built some small end tables before that came out ok, but this these plans are legit! My work bench came out excellent. Even the non handiest beginner could follow these plans and figure this out.
    I did a couple things different. I didn’t have a brad nailer, so I just drilled small holes and used 2 1/2” fastening screws to secure the top and bottom boards. I drilled dog bench holes along the front and right side, and I lightly burned and lacquered it. Such a beauty. Thanks chicks!
    Only thing I would change, is I’d go with 30” legs as I’m 6’1, but it’s not uncomfortably short. Just a little shorter than it should be for someone my size lol. That’s my fault for not pre planning. All in all, this is a great plan and design.

  5. Mrkoolio on December 1, 2020 at 12:50 am

    Thanks for sharing your talents. I have a question regarding pocket screws. I realize they look.better. But, have you ever reseArched whether a screw …..installed straight in…..is structurally stronger?..

  6. Mark on August 7, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    You all do awesome work! Your plans are so easy to follow! Was curious as to whether you used a software program for your mockups in the instructions? If so, what are you using?

    Thanks!

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