Mobile Workbench with Table Saw

I’ve been working on getting my shop in order lately and finally built a couple workbenches. In case you missed it, last week I shared the plans for the new miter saw stand. My goal with the shop is to maximize space, but still be able to park the car in there when necessary. The miter saw stand is a permanent workbench at the back of the shop, but I also put together a mobile workbench. It sits against the side wall when not in use (so the car fits), but I can move it anywhere in the shop when I’m working on a project. I built it around the table saw so it works as an out-feed table when I use the saw, but then I can lower the blade and use the whole table top. Win-win!

DIY mobile workbench

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TOOLS & SUPPLIES:

LUMBER:

  • 15 | 2 x 4 @ 8′
  • 2 | 3/4″ Particle Board @ 4′ x 8′ (or plywood)

CUTS:

  • 4 | 2 x 4 @ 69″ (long frame boards)
  • 5 | 2 x 4 @ 30″ (short frame boards)
  • 10 | 2 x 4 @ 31 1/2″ (legs)
  • 2 | 2 x 4 @ 33″ (long shelf frame)
  • 3 | 2 x 4 @ 15 1/4″ (short shelf frame)
  • 4 | 2 x 4 @ 5″ (feet)
  • 1 | 3/4″ particle board @ 36″ x 73″ (table top)
  • 1 | 3/4″ particle board @ 33″ x 18 1/4″ (table saw shelf)
  • 1 | 3/4″ particle board @ 33″ x 69″ (bottom shelf)

Enjoy the plans!

Step 1.

Assemble the bottom frame as shown below. Use 2 1/2″ self tapping screws through the frame to attach the 2x4s.

DIY mobile workbench

Pocket holes are a great option if you don’t want to see the screws from the front of the bench. However, since this is just a workbench, I simply screwed through the frame into the shorter 2x4s.

Step 2.

Attach the legs to the bottom frame with 2 1/2″ screws. The bottom of the frame should sit flush with the bottom of the legs.

DIY mobile workbench
Bottom Frame – side view
DIY mobile workbench
Bottom Frame – top view
DIY mobile workbench
Bottom Frame – bottom view

Put the bottom shelf in place on the bottom frame and attach with 1 1/4″ screws. Countersink the screws so they won’t get in the way.

It’s very difficult to put the bottom shelf in later (ask me how I know …), so definitely put it in before attaching the top frame in Step 3.

Step 3.

Build the top frame as shown. Use 2 1/2″ screws to attach the long sides to the supports.

DIY mobile workbench

Step 4.

Attach the top frame to the legs with 2 1/2″ screws.

DIY mobile workbench

I assembled the frame upside down to get top frame flush with the tops of the legs. Simply flip the bench over, move the new top frame into place, make sure everything is sitting flat on the ground, and attach the legs to the frame. No need to worry about clamping or balancing the top frame in mid-air while you try to attach it!

**The bottom shelf should already be attached at this point (don’t mind that it isn’t shown in the diagram above).

Step 5.

Assemble the frame for the table saw shelf with 2 1/2″ screws.

DIY mobile workbench

Step 6.

Place the shelf at the appropriate height for your table saw (mine was 11″) and attach to the workbench frame with 2 1/2″ screws.

DIY mobile workbench
side view
DIY mobile workbench
front view

Step 7.

Use a jigsaw to cut the section for your table saw out of the table top. The dimensions shown work for my table saw. Adjust as necessary.

DIY mobile workbench

Step 8.

Put the table saw shelf and tabletop in place and attach to the frame with 1 1/4″ screws. Countersink the screws into the particle board so they won’t get in the way of your work.

DIY mobile workbench

Step 9.

Attach the 2×4 feet to the legs with 2 1/2″ screws. Fasten the locking casters to the feet with 1 1/4″ screws.

DIY mobile workbench

I added a simple clamp rack along one end once the bench was finished.

Simply attach a small scrap board to the inside of the legs.

And there you have it!

Just a heads up – I built this bench to fit my Ryobi table saw. Make sure to measure your table saw and adjust accordingly.

Also, with this Ryobi saw, there’s no room for dust collection from the bottom since the saw base is closed in. I simply remove the blade guard from the saw tabletop and vacuum the sawdust out when necessary. Alternately, you could cut a section of the shelf out to let the sawdust fall. Other brands of table saws have an open base so the sawdust would fall out just fine. It’s completely up to personal preference!

DIY mobile workbench

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

If you’d like more information, I’ve also saved a video tutorial for this workbench to my highlights on my Instagram.

DIY mobile workbench
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DIY mobile workbench

6 thoughts on “Mobile Workbench with Table Saw

    1. I situated the table saw so there’s a little gap behind it to move the fence around or take it on and off. I just figured out where it had to sit before I attached it to the shelf.

  1. I made a workbench just like this a few years ago and still using it. I ended up building a custom fence system for the craftsman table saw that I had. I also already had a small craftsman router table so I installed it into the other end of the workbench flush with the top so it was flat when I was working on the bench. I love it. I have since upgraded table saws so I will be upgraded the workbench to hold my Shapeoko 3 XXL underneath. Awesome build, great job.

    1. Thanks Chad! That’s a great idea for the router. I thought about putting my router in this workbench but ended up leaving it off for now … might have to try that next time!

  2. What about the dust bag for under the saw? How are you collecting all that dust and trash if it is flat on the table?

    1. I just take the blade guard off the saw and vacuum it out. You could cut a section out of the shelf so there’s room to attach something for sawdust collection (or just let the sawdust fall out)

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