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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  1. JR says

    This is great! I am going to try it tomorrow. If I wanted to add casters to make it mobile, how would you suggest doing that? I was thinking of adding a 2×4 piece to the bottom of the leg and adding the caster to that.

    • tylynn_sattler says

      Awesome! Yeah, I think that would be a great way to do it. I built a big mobile bench and a mobile miter saw stand and basically did that. If you want, you can check those plans out to see how I did it. Just search “mobile workbench” or “mobile miter saw stand” in the search bar at the top of the page to find them. Good luck!

    • David says

      So I’m really wanting to build this workbench but use 4x4s for the legs instead of 2x4s so I can mount a vice to it. Do I need to make any other medications to the frame to be able to do this?

    • tylynn_sattler says

      Yeah you could do an overhang on the sides. I’d probably extend the whole base so you only have like a 3″ overhang on each side if you’re just using the 3/4″ particleboard for the top so it doesn’t sag.

  2. Augie says

    I might sound really dumb but I am new to woodworking and was looking into making this workbench. I wanted to add casters as well to make it mobile but when looking it up everyone is saying I need another piece of wood on the end of the 2×4 to secure it. Is there any video you have of how to easily add casters for a beginner

    • tylynn_sattler says

      I do not have a video of that, but I’ve added casters on a lot of my other workbenches. All I usually do is put an extra piece of wood on the bottom of the legs and screw the casters to that. Here’s a link to the casters I like: https://amzn.to/2YH5zaR

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