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!


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!



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.

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Here is one of the frames assembled.

Step 2 – Legs

Assembling the Legs

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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

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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

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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!

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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!
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


  • 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!


  1. Mary Jo on August 23, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    You have to make legs 30 inches to get overall height of 36″ with caster. 26.5 legs will add up to a much lower table. Other than that, the directions are great. I have made one and now will make a second one based on this plan.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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… structurally stronger?..

  7. 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?


  8. Carolina M Santamaria on July 17, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    how much would you charge for this workbench?

  9. Jeff Cook on July 2, 2020 at 1:12 am

    Great workbench.

    Do you have the metric measurements?

  10. Ben Stout on June 28, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    5 stars
    Just finished this workbench today and I’m quite proud of it! Thank you for the plans and video! I made it about 40” tall to accommodate my height (I’m 7’1”), but that’s the only modification I made. I will say quickly that there is a slight typo in the printed plans though. In Step 2 you say to drill the pocket holes in the 2x6s and attach them to the 2x4s, and you’re supposed to do the opposite of that. Other than that this was a super easy plan that’s going to bring my projects to the next level! Thanks again!

  11. John Harden on June 20, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    5 stars
    I modified your plans a bit and built it!
    Thank you.

  12. Jeff Glatzer on April 19, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Hi I watched your video and came away impressed. Your knowledge and execution of your plan was excellent.
    I also liked the visual materials print you have on your site for this project.
    I have to ask how you both came into doing this as a business? I ask because I am a creative artist and was looking for pointers on how to establish a business building furniture.
    I am excited to tackle this project.
    Thank you for your video.

    Cleveland, OH

  13. Michael Reardon on April 8, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    5 stars
    I made this table with a butcher block 1-1/2 top. It is so nice. It is the right height to slide right under my stationary workbench. I added a vice and soon some magnets for accessories.
    Thanks for the free plans. They were great.

  14. Gary on March 28, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    5 stars
    I made this bench today, turned out great. I made mine a little bigger, 4×8. Thanks for the project!

  15. Joshua on September 25, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Any chance you recall how much this project was? I love when the prices are listed because I can convince my wife to let me make it vs buy it.

    • Gregory on October 18, 2019 at 9:26 am

      I made a bench that is similar to this but a little larger and a little more complex. My total price was just under $100. It is much stronger than anything I could find to buy at that price point. Your price may vary depending on the cost of lumber in your area.

  16. Paul Frank on August 5, 2019 at 7:27 am

    5 stars
    I watched the video and finally did it.
    It came out great.

  17. Jim Hight on July 29, 2019 at 7:58 am

    4 stars
    Thanks for the plans. I couldn’t make it work with fir 2x6s so used poplar instead, cutting the stock to dimensions with a circular saw and track guide and a table saw.

  18. Matt on May 31, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    I was thinking about adding shelving to store tools and other stuff. How would you recommend doing so? Adding a vertical divider is proving difficult because the width of the top is different from the width on the bottom. What’s the best way to do this? Thanks

  19. Chris F on March 24, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    I watched the video a couple of weeks ago and I’m sure it was done correctly in the video, but I printed out the plans and now I probably have to buy more lumber. Step two in the plans says to drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes into the 2×6 legs pieces and attach them to the 2×4 pieces with the pocket hole screws. It should have read to drill the pocket holes into the 2×4’s. If you follow the instructions, you won’t be able to screw into the 2×4’s from inside the frame. The picture shows the correct procedure, it’s just the verbiage that’s incorrect. I might just go with it as is at this point and I apologize if this is a repeat of a previous comment.

    • Ashley Turner on April 3, 2019 at 7:01 am

      So sorry about that! We have the correct pocket holes on the cut list but the verbiage is wrong. I will fix that now. Thanks for the heads-up!

      • Natasha on January 30, 2020 at 9:06 pm

        The verbiage is still wrong on your plans. They still say to drill the pocket holes into the 2×6!

  20. Bob B. on February 26, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    I printed off your plans for this workbench and could not come up with the 34″ height you have shown in your drawings. the legs are 26.5″ high and the foot pad is 1. ‘ plus the .75’ for a total of 28″. where is the other 6″ I’m missing or is the drawing miss labeled?

    • Pete on February 27, 2019 at 11:18 am

      The Wheels

  21. Roland L Harrop on February 21, 2019 at 8:24 am

    After the bench is built on your plans you show a measurement of 34″ tall. I understand that you would add an inch and a half for the feet pieces on the bottom and the thickness of the plywood top but where does the remainder come from? Help me out here. Thank you

    • Ashley Turner on April 3, 2019 at 6:58 am

      Hey there! The 34″ is with the casters.

  22. Alain on January 21, 2019 at 8:21 pm


    Sorry,, but reading your plan to build the workbench I dont understand the item reference 2x6x8 in the supply list, whats means?

    • JEFF on January 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm

      2″x6″ board 8 foot long

    • Rick Miller on March 17, 2019 at 4:26 pm

      Very easy to follow. Me and my 14 yr old built this in a couple hours this afternoon. Thanks for sharing !

  23. Debora Cadene on January 5, 2019 at 7:18 am

    G’morning. I realize this is a bit of an older post, but I am still hoping you pop in here for a second. We have just built a new garage and its a blank slate. I want to make a work bench and will be following your plans but am wondering why you chose this size and height for your bench. I know its generally a preference, but do you find a 3 x 6 is plenty roomy? and is the finished height include the wheels you have added.

    • Ashley Turner on April 3, 2019 at 6:55 am

      Hello! Sorry for the delay! We don’t get notifications on comments anymore 🙁 The height was based on our height and we are around 5’3″. The wheels include the overall height 🙂

  24. E. Elb on November 3, 2018 at 10:50 am

    If all you need is a drill, miter saw, and kreg jig how are you supposed to cut the particle boards down to the correct sizes?

    • NIgel Pearson on December 21, 2018 at 8:11 am

      Get your lumber yard to do it for you?

      (otherwise, yes you would also need a circular saw)

    • Tony on January 7, 2019 at 2:55 pm

      If you watched the video it flashed the words two pre-cut pieces of plywood So if you can’t get it pre-cut it goes without saying that you will need a saw.

    • Dave Cranford on March 25, 2019 at 8:42 am

      Lowes or Home Depot will cut board when purchased.

  25. 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?

  26. 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!!

  27. 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

    • mary E. on September 15, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      I built the workbench from from the plans offered here and want to thank you! You’re inspiring women to build and offering FREE plans and directions. What a lovely combination!
      And shame on the person from the woodworking site, spamming your comments section with referrals to a site that requires one to pay for every piece of information.
      Keep up the great work Shanty to Chic!

      • Petra Campbell on November 12, 2018 at 7:31 pm

        agree! rotten spammers!

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