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!
Table of Contents
DIY Workbench Supplies:
Step 1 – Building the Frames
Drilling Pocket Holes
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.
Step 2 – Legs
Assembling the Legs
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
Next, we attached the legs to the frames with 2 1/2″ wood screws and wood glue.
Step 3 – Foot Pads
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
Once the foot pads were attached, we attached the casters with 2 1/2″ wood screws and washers.
Step 5 – Bottom Shelf
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
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!!
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- 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!