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


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!




  1. Natalie Ceppi on July 4, 2020 at 6:47 am

    Do find an issue with the wheels on the bottom? Does the table move while you are working?

    • Dean on August 22, 2022 at 9:02 pm

      She used locking casters so they won’t move when the wheels are locked

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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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  7. _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.

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

    Where did you get those Fans?

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!!

  13. 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!

    • Donna Wildy on January 28, 2018 at 8:39 pm

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  14. 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!

  15. Keonyn on November 9, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Thanks a ton for the wonderful plan and steering me towards the Kreg Jig. Made a project weekend of this and am pretty happy with the results.

    • Shanty2Chic on November 9, 2015 at 7:26 am

      Looks awesome!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂 so happy you like the Kreg too!

  16. jjd3370 on October 18, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Made a 6 ft. version. Just wanted to say thanks for the instruction! My first big project. Got into woodworking to stay away from my TV and refrigerator and lose some weight. 🙂 Thanks again!

  17. Jodi Doane on May 26, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    This looks amazing in my garage. This is one of my favorite sites!

  18. Ben Wilinski on May 26, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Great plans, and the Kreg Jig is amazing.

  19. Tom on May 8, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    What size nails did you use to attach the top with the Ryobi Airstrike? How do you know what size to use for size of wood? New to airstrike

  20. Chris Castaldini on February 23, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    My plan is to put this in my garage, but the floor has a slight slant to it. Can I purchase casters that are adjustable to account for the slope? If not, would you recommend lengthening two of the legs instead? Thanks!

  21. Jack on February 18, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I’m just asking: Follow me- 26.1/4″ legs+3/4″pad for casters+3/4″for MDF top+4″ casters=31.3/4″ total height. Is it just me or shouldn’t it be a little bit taller-like maybe 33″ or 34″ tall?

    • Shanty2Chic on February 18, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      You could make it taller with the leg length. I’m only 5’3″ and this is the perfect height for me (especially when I put tools on top to use) It’s an easy modification though!

      • Jack on February 19, 2015 at 9:48 am

        That’s what I thought. Thank You.

    • William J Smithies Jr on January 11, 2016 at 10:00 am

      I was thinking the same thing (I know this thread is super old) I increased the length of the legs to 30 inches and it gave me the perfect working height, I am 6 feet tall.

      • William J Smithies Jr on January 11, 2016 at 10:02 am


  22. Jack on January 25, 2015 at 5:20 am

    Hello Ashley(and Whitney), I was wondering: I have been blessed with approx. 20 2x6x9’s that I was able to pick up for $1.00 each(yes, that is $20.00 only!) Do you think I could build this workbench with all 2×6’s to save me some money since I already have them? Other then being beefier and heavier what other changes do you think I would need to do? Thank You

    • Shanty2Chic on January 25, 2015 at 7:20 am

      Lucky you! You absolutely can… I actually think it will look better! Beefy is good :-). Send pics when you get it done!

      • Jack on February 18, 2015 at 5:46 pm

        Actually just found out the wood is some very nice, old, dense Southern Yellow Pine. This workbench is going to be VERY heavy!

  23. Tsmiles on November 20, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I built this today as a surprise for my husband. He LOVES it! He kept
    Going on and on about how impressed he was I did it solo. I REALLY appreciate the diagram on exactly where to put the pocket holes because I always seem to spend a good amount of time trying to figure that part out. Thanks!

  24. Shenanigans I say! on November 11, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Question, in your free work plan, it shows that your bottom foot-pads are 2×6, but in the pictures on your site, the foot-pads are actually 1×6 of what appears to be laminated board. This will make a minor difference in height, any reason why the plans are slightly different in this regard? I only ask because I’d prefer the 1×6 to the 2×6 myself, so I was curious where you picked up the extra wood in your build.

    • Shanty2Chic on November 11, 2014 at 8:19 am

      Hi! Use 1×6 if you have it. 2×6 is a suggestion for those without the scraps. I just used white wood pine scraps 🙂

      • Shenanigans I say! on November 11, 2014 at 10:48 am

        Thanks! That’s what I figured and I will do the same, just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing something 🙂 Great site and plans btw!

  25. Todd Everett on September 30, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Awesome table. I’m going to make one this weekend and put the miter saw setup on top. A question for you: As you are gluing the legs together, do you clamp them or do the pocket screws hold it tight enough? Also, are you using the Gorilla Wood Glue that I see throughout your site?

  26. Shankar Thanushkodi on September 17, 2014 at 6:55 am

    seems like an awesome plan. I am in the process of building this, but i have a question. when i am building something (not that i have built much, but i am enjoying it) i typically need to clamp something or else to the work surface. the current table i use has an overhang of about two inches which helps in clamping. since the top surface is flush to the base, i don’t see how i can clamp anything and i am not sure a two inch MDF could be used for clamping, feels like it would disintegrate. should i just get 3/4 plywood top with 2 inch wider top surface?

    • OneCanuck on October 29, 2014 at 7:09 am

      I used 2×4’s for the top and with a little pre planning you could end up with an inch and a half overhang. I use my bench more for mechanical and I like the slight grooves between the 2×4’s as it catches those small screws before they fall off and roll to wherever it is they roll to.

      • Shanty2Chic on October 29, 2014 at 7:18 am

        Good to know! Thank you for sharing that tip 🙂

  27. Chris on August 28, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Question, do you sand or plane your lumber before assembling it? Everything looks so clean and straight. Thanks

    • Shanty2Chic on August 28, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks Chris! We don’t but the Kreg Jig and clamps help a ton and we also spend time selecting good lumber!

  28. Olivia on August 8, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I use the Kreg Jig clamp that came with the kit for most
    of my projects. With the top frame of this work table being around 4 inches and the ¾ inch top not hanging over the frame are you able to use the standard size Kreg Jig clamp on this workbench? Is the standard size Kreg Jig clamp big enough to bypass the frame and clamp to just the top? I hope this question makes sense. :)… Thanks Olivia

    • Shanty2Chic on August 8, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Makes sense! The clamp won’t work with the table as-is. You could make the too wider and longer so that you have an over hang to use the clamps! When I clamp to a table, I use a different style clamp. Hope this helps!

  29. David Virola on July 13, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Here is the photo of it complete! Thanks again!!

  30. David Virola on July 13, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Ashley, you’re a lifesaver!! I was going to use Whitney’s plan but when I saw yours I was sold. Perfect size!! Bought the material this weekend and just wrapped up my build. I absolutely love it and can’t thank you ladies enough. Best plans and instructions on the internet. Keep up the good work. You have a loyal follower in me. Thanks again!!

  31. Christina Kramer on July 9, 2014 at 5:28 am

    We built two of these over the 4th of July weekend. Very easy! My husband was very impressed with the instructions. I use mine to paint projects in my shop, and I love them! Thank you!

  32. Ashley Pace Beckman on June 27, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Just made this and it turned out perfect you ladies make it seriously so easy to follow your directions!! Love love love it!!!

    • Ashley Pace Beckman on June 28, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Looks awesome might even make a little back splash for it with my extra piece of wood!

  33. Amanda Jones on June 18, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    YES!! My husband and I “fight” all the time about the space in the garage and his work bench – this will work and fit perfect in the space I made over on “my” side! I just need to run to home depot for wheels and MDF! Woot! Woot!! Thank you for these plans!

  34. jmagrino on June 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Awesome bench! I know you were looking for more space in the garage, but is a 24″ top deep enough? I’m debating between this one and the one you guys posted in January which has a 36″ top. You do save money on MDF with your version. Any reason you used plywood and 4″ casters instead of the 2×6 and 5″ like the previous post?

    • Shanty2Chic on June 9, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you! I feel like 24″ is plenty to work on. Obviously the bigger the better if you have the room but I like having space to work on the floor too and this size was a good fit. I picked 4″ wheels because they didn’t have enough 5″ in stock 😉

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