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:

  • 11 | 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″ (bottom of the legs as feet for the casters)
  • 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.

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Bottom Frame – side view
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Bottom Frame – top view
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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.

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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.

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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.

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side view
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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.

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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.

**UPDATE: I finally got around to cutting out part of the table saw shelf to allow the dust to fall out. I simply set the table saw in place, traced around the base so I knew where it sat, and cut out two sections around the center 2×4.

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If you look closely at the above photo, you can see where I traced out the bottom of the saw. I marked where that 2×4 sits in the middle of the shelf and then just drew two rectangles on either side of it, inside the footprint of the saw. I drilled out all four corners so I could get the jigsaw blade in place and then just cut each one out. No really specific measurements here – just make sure you don’t cut out the center 2×4 or beyond the footprint of the saw.

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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.

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Comments

  1. Colton says

    Does this interfere with your Ryobi table saw fence? I have the same table saw and just wanted to make sure.

    • tylynn_sattler says

      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.

  2. Chad White says

    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.

    • tylynn_sattler says

      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!

  3. Denise Ocello says

    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?

    • tylynn_sattler says

      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)

  4. Joe says

    Wait, what happened? I just I bought the stuff on the shopping list, made all the cuts but now I still have 4 extra 8’ 2x4s left over. I’ve checked and double checked that I made all the cuts. Not a big deal I guess. I’ll find something to do with them for sure.

    • tylynn_sattler says

      You’re correct. Sorry about that. I just went back and double checked, and I must’ve added something up wrong the first time. You only need 11. Thanks for bringing that to my attention!

  5. Heather says

    Having a hard time getting the table saw shelf mounted…built exactly to spec and it is too big for the space. Might have to build it in the space after measuring how high it needs to be. I have Rockwell portable table saw vs your ryobi

    • tylynn_sattler says

      Hmmm … not sure what’s going on with that. All I can recommend is to triple check everything or just build it to fit. Let me know if I can help at all! Also, make sure your Rockwell will fit. I built the bench to fit the Ryobi, but the Rockwell may have slightly different dimensions.

    • tylynn_sattler says

      I designed the gap wide enough for my saw to get full miters to either side when the saw is positioned at the front of the tabletop. Double check with your saw before you attach things, but it should work if you have the same saw.

  6. Mary Ann Goldberg says

    I’ve been searching and searching and this is it! But I’m not on Instgram. How can I get access to the plans?

    • tylynn_sattler says

      These are the plans. I just have a video on Instagram to help clarify anything if necessary. There’s not a printable version (I can’t quite afford that software yet 😉 ), but all the info you need to build this is listed on this post!

  7. Sam says

    Hey! Definitely going to give this a shot but don’t you need 3 sheets of plywood assuming 4×8 sheets? Based on your cuts for the bigger top and bottom shelf, I don’t see enough leftover to make a 33″ x 18 1/4″ single square for your table saw shelf? Let me know I am missing something here. Thanks!

    • tylynn_sattler says

      I cut the tabletop out of 1 piece of plywood and then cut both the bottom shelf and tablesaw shelf out of the 2nd. If you have a 4’x 8′ sheet, you should be able to rip it to 33″, cut the 69″ section for the bottom shelf, and have a piece that’s 33″x27″ left. Cut the tablesaw shelf out of that at 33″x 18 1/4″

    • tylynn_sattler says

      I’m sorry, but there is not a downloadable version for these plans. The lumber list, cut list, and plans are all listed in the post. I do not currently have software that allows me to create downloadable plans.

    • tylynn_sattler says

      It’s four 2x4s @ 5 INCHES long. They’re the “feet” for the bottom of the legs so you have something to attach the casters to. I see that was a little difficult to read since I wrote (feet) in the description … definitely looked like you were supposed to cut them at 5 FEET long, not 5″ for the feet. I just went back and edited it. Thanks for drawing that to my attention and sorry about the inconvenience!

  8. Rick says

    I want to be able to use the entire workbench without the table saw.

    I am going to make the opening slightly more than 1-1/2″ wider and 3/4″ deeper than the top of my saw. I’ll put 1×3 cleats on three sides and drop an insert made from a double layer of plywood into the opening so it is flush with the bench top.

    I am also thinking about doing the same thing on one of the long sides to drop in a miter saw and then cover the opening.

  9. Rick says

    Tylynn:
    I just saw your comment about not being able to afford software yet. Take a look at the FREE version of Google Make (used to be called Google Sketchup). I have been using it for over 5 years. It is very easy to learn and does everything I need for designing wood projects.

    • tylynn_sattler says

      Thanks for the recommendation! I’ve been using the free online Sketchup and can create drawings and plans, but it doesn’t let me export them to a pdf. Does Google Make have an option to export plans to pdf? I know the paid version of Sketchup includes “layout” which would allow me to export to pdf, but a free option would be great at this point.

  10. Will says

    If the top frame with legs had a size 38″ maximum width how is a 36″ x 73″ table top going to sit over it or am I missing something

    (30″ short frame width) + (2″longest frame left side) + (2″ longest frame right ) + (2″ left leg) (2″ right leg) = 38″ width at widest point

    Also 2′ 9″ is 34.5″ and there is no peice you specify to cut this length, long frame piece is 33″ which leaves you short slightly on the table saw shelf

    • tylynn_sattler says

      Hi Will,

      Thank you for the questions. The nominal dimensions of a 2×4 are 2″ x 4″ (thus the name 2×4) but the actual dimensions (if you measure it with a tape measure) are 1.5″ x 3.5″. So the total width of the frame is 30″ + 1.5″ + 1.5″ + 1.5″ + 1.5″ = 36″. I cut the table top to sit flush with the outside of the legs in order to maximize both the top and bottom shelf area. I have limited space in the garage/shop since we park a car there in the winter, which is why I cut it to the same width as the legs. If you want more of an overhang, you can definitely cut it a little wider.

      In regards to the second question, I’m not really sure what you mean. Two feet and nine inches is 2’9″ = 12″ + 12″ + 9″ = 33″. Another way to think about it is that the short frame boards are 30″ and you attach a 2×4 on either end for the long frame boards, so that gives you a total of 30″ + 1.5″ + 1.5″ = 33″. The frame for the shelf attaches on either leg, so that’s 33″.

      Let me know if you have other questions!

      • will says

        Thanks for you reply, I guess it doesn’t help that in the UK using metric system its hard to follow when changing between 33″ to then go to 2ft 9″

        When I used google to translate to “2.9 feet to inches” it came out at 34.5″ in total (should of put in 2.75 I guess)

        Also the 2×4 lumber I purchased here (c24 studwork timber) is a lot closer to actually being 2″x4″, its almost 2×4 exactly (48mm x 100mm)

        I actually built this yesterday but found it to be a whole inch wider despite following your instructions and cut list 100%,

        I realised mine was about an inch wider than what was in the plan just before fitting the table saw frame, but was most obvious when dry fitting the table top and the legs stuck out beyond the table top

        I then had to disassemble completely, remove an inch from each horizontal framing piece, an inch from the width of the bottom plywood

        This is probably because of the more literal 2×4’s i used, and this is why i was confused when i thought it suddenly expected a 33″ cut to be 34.5″ ( this was my stupidity and trusting google) but its what lead to my confusion how i thought the design suddenly expected to have a 34.5″ wide table saw shelf

        Anyway its built now so thanks for your design and please let this be a warning to fellow Brits/Metric users trying to follow this design to check your lumber and maybe trim down your “2×4″ to 1.5″ x 3.5″ first

        Or follow these designs to make it as is but have the table top cut to be 2″ wider at 38″ x 76”

  11. Adam McIntyre says

    Do you have this sketchup file anywhere available for download? I love this design because it’s smaller than most plans and I’m limited on space, but I want to incorporate a shelf for my mitre saw on the other end. Instead of building it from scratch in sketchup, I thought I’d see if you already had it available.

    Thanks! Great looking bench.

    • tylynn_sattler says

      Hi Adam, that’s a great idea! Unfortunately, I don’t have a downloadable version of this plan. I’ll have to look into possibilities to do that though. I’ve never tried it before and neo I’m curious!

  12. McKinley says

    guess who forgot to put in the bottom shelf till after the table saw shelf was mounted….

    Do you have any pictures with additional shelving?

    • tylynn_sattler says

      Happens to the best of us ha! I don’t have any other pictures with additional shelving (not sure exactly what you mean?)

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