Build a Basic Workbench

The easiest way to build a basic workbench for your garage or shop.

How to Build a Workbench

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A few weeks ago I gave my garage/shop area a much-needed makeover. I cleared everything out, gave it a good cleaning, added pegboard storage to one of the walls, and built myself a mobile workbench and a miter saw stand. When I cleared everything out, I moved one of the old “workbenches” (aka: an old door on some table legs) over to my husband’s shop area.

Guess what happened the minute he saw my new workbenches …

He requested a new one for himself, of course!

So today I have plans for his new workbench! It’s very simple and quick to build and you can adjust the dimensions to fit any space.

Check out the full video to see how it all went together.

Enjoy the plans!

How to Build a Workbench

Tools & Supplies:

Lumber:

  • 7 | 2 x 4 @ 8′
  • 1 | 3/4″ Full Sheet of Particleboard (or plywood of your choice)

Cuts:

  • 4 | 2 x 4 @ 36″ (legs)
  • 4 | 2 x 4 @ 21″ (frame sides)
  • 4 | 2 x 4 @ 68″ (frame front & back)
  • 1 | Particleboard @ 25″ x 72″ (tabletop)
  • 1 | Particleboard @ 21″ x 71″ (bottom shelf)

Step 1.

Build the top and bottom frames as shown in the diagram below.

How to Build a Workbench step 1

Attach the 21″ sides of the frame to the 68″ front & back of the frame with 2 1/2″ self-tapping wood screws. I used four screws through each side (two on both ends of each of the 21″ pieces – one on the top, one on the bottom).

See the video if you need clarification … I’m not sure if that explanation made any sense.

Build two frames (top & bottom).

How to Build a Workbench step 2

Step 2.

Attach the top frame to the legs.

How to Build a Workbench step 3

It’s easiest to build this part upside down. Simply lay the frame on the ground and match the legs up on the outside ends of the frame. Attach with 2 1/2″ self-tapping screws.

I drove four screws through each leg (two into the front & back frames, two into the side frames).

Step 3.

Mark 6″ up from the bottom of the legs and attach the bottom frame with 2 1/2″ self-tapping screws.

How to Build a Workbench step 4

I set the bench on its side, marked 6″ up on each leg, moved the bottom frame into position, clamped it, and then attached it. Again, I used four screws through each leg ( two into the front & back frames, two into the side frames).

Step 4.

Place the bottom shelf on the bottom frame and attach to the frame with 1 1/4″ self-tapping screws.

How to Build a Workbench step 5

I just drilled directly down through the particleboard into the frame and countersunk the screws so they’re out of the way.

Step 5.

Center the tabletop on the top frame – there should be a 1/2″ overhang on all sides of the legs.

How to Build a Workbench step 6

Attach with 1 1/4″ self-tapping screws. Again, I drilled directly through the particleboard into the frame and countersunk the screws.

I placed a screw in each corner and two in the middle (make sure you hit the frame in the middle since it’s back further than the legs).

How to Build a Workbench

And there you have it – an easy, sturdy DIY workbench.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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