Inside: This DIY Garage Workbench is the perfect mobile, multifunctional build to organize your garage, store items and complete your projects all in one space.
Imagine What a Garage Workbench Will Do For You
- A space to complete projects
- Organize and store power tools and other garage items
- Handy as an out-feed table for a table saw
The workbench measures 73 1/2 inches long, 37 1/2 inches wide and 34 inches tall. It glides on the 5-inch locking casters that can handle 220 lbs each.
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Love at first sight…Blonde, solid frame, enjoys long strolls down the driveway.
Here’s the before space in our messy garage…being transparent here.
The space still needs some work but it definitely spruced it up some.
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*Before you get started make sure you have your Safety Gear. For this project I recommend safety goggles and ear protection.
I started out with Shanty 2 Chic’s plans then I added a few extras to make it my own. If you would like the printable plans click the image below.
How to Build the Garage Workbench
Humble beginnings…before I built this workbench I was using my grandma’s old card table. Often times one of the legs would give out while I was working on a project. Needless to say I was ready to graduate from your grandma’s card table?
This beast is designed to be tough, maximize function and look sexy.
TOOLS FOR DIY GARAGE WORKBENCH
- Measuring tape
- Table saw or circular saw
- Kreg Jig
- Drill – I use this drill
- Impact driver – I use this driver
- Jig saw – I used my Rockwell Bladerunner
- Nail gun – I use this one
- Paint brush
SUPPLIES FOR DIY GARAGE WORKBENCH
- 8 – 2 x 4 x 8
- 2 – 2 x 6 x 8
- 2 – 4 x 8 x 3/4 inch MDF
- 5 – 1 x 2 x 8
- 4 – 5 inch casters
- 2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws
- 2 1/2 inch wood screws
- 16 – 1/4 inch lag screws 1 1/2 inches long – to attach casters
- 16 – 1/4 inch lock washers – to attach casters
- 1 1/2 inch 18G brad nails
- Wood glue
- Wood filler
- Sealer – I used water based exterior Spar Urethane in a satin finish
CUTS FOR DIY GARAGE WORKBENCH
*Double check your measurements. Due to minor errors in cuts and being slightly off square your cuts may be different then what I have here. Measure twice cut once.
- 2 – 2 x 4 at 72 inches
- 3 – 2 x 4 at 33 inches
- 2 – 2 x 4 at 66 inches
- 3 – 2 x 4 at 27 inches
- 3 – 2 x 4 at 11 inches – vertical shelf braces
- 2 – 2 x 4 at 32 1/4 inches – sides supporting shelf
- 2 – 2 x 4 at 23 inches – sides supporting shelf
- 1 – 2 x 4 at 25 1/4 inches – middle support
- 2 – 2 x 4 at 2 inches long by 3 1/2 inches (width of 2 x 4) – shelf braces attached to inside of legs
- 2 – 2 x 4 at 2 inches long by 2 2/2 inches (cut one inch off of a 2 x 4) – shelf braces attached to inside of legs
- 4 – 2 x 4 at 25 3/4 inches
- 4 – 2 x 6 at 25 3/4 inches
- 4 – 2 x 6 at 5 inches – bottom of legs and for casters to attach
- MDF at 72 x 36 inches
- 2 – 1 x 2 at app. 72 inches 45-degree miter cuts both ends – trim
- 2 – 1 x 2 at app. 36 inches 45-degree miter cuts both ends – trim
- MDF at 66 x 30 inches
- 2 – 1 x 2 at 58 inches cross cut – trim
- 2 – 1 x 2 at 23 inches cross cut – trim
- 2 – MDF at 32 1/4 X 15 inches (I used scrap leftover from the bottom and top MDF cuts)
- 1 – 1 x 2 at 23 inches cross cut – trim
- 2 – 1 x 2 at app. 28 1/2 inches one end 45-degree miter cut and one end cross cut – trim
- 1 – 1 x 2 at app. 30 inches 45-degree miter cuts at both ends – trim
STEPS TO MAKE DIY GARAGE WORKBENCH
Step 1) Construct the top and bottom frames. If you are using a Kreg Jig make sure to set your board thickness at 1 1/2 inches. Make two pocket holes in the ends of all the frames’ cross supports and attach them to the side supports using the recommended 2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws. Apply wood glue to all the joints.
Step 2) Drill three pocket holes in all of the 2 x 4 legs. Drill one pocket hole at each end and one offset from the middle about two inches. The middle pocket hole is offset because the middle shelf braces (step 5) will be nailed in the middle of the legs.Join the 2 x 4s to the 2 x 6s using 2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws to complete the legs.Attach each leg to the outside corner of the bottom frame and to the inside corner of the top frame. Drill pilot holes and use 2 1/2 inch wood screws. To attach the legs to the frames it was easier to lay the workbench on its side and use scrap wood to prop it up.
Step 3) Outline the casters for easy screw placement before attaching the four 2 x 6 bottom pieces.Drill pilot holes and use 2 1/2 inch wood screws to attach the four 2 x 6 pieces to the bottom of each leg. Drill pilot holes and use 1/4 inch lock washers and 1/4 inch lag screws to attach the casters. Put the brakes on the casters and get some assistance or pull a hammy trying to flip the beast right side up by yourself.
Step 4) Insert the bottom MDF board and attach it using 1 1/2 inch 18G brad nails around the perimeter. You can either take a nap on the bottom shelf or move on to assembling the middle section.
How to Maximize Function with the DIY Garage Workbench
To maximize function the half middle shelf is convenient for storing smaller tools while still allowing for larger items to be stored on the lower shelf.
Step 5) For the middle frame drill two pocket holes on the ends of the 23 inch 2 x 4s and the ends of the middle 25 1/4 inch 2 x 4. Attach with 2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws and wood glue. Once the frame is complete attach the 11-inch 2 x 4 vertical supports using 2 1/2 inch wood screws.
Attach the shelf braces to the inside of the legs 12 1/2 inches from the top using wood glue and 1 1/2 inch 18G brad nails. To attach the middle frame set it on the shelf braces, and clamp the vertical supports to the middle of the cross support of the top frame. Drill pilot holes into the vertical supports and attached it to the middle support of the top frame with 2 1/2 inch wood screws. For the middle shelves measure and cut the MDF. I used two different pieces of MDF and notched out the pieces for the vertical supports with my Rockwell Bladerunner. Attach the MDF shelves using 1 1/2 inch 18G brad nails. Step 6) Set the top MDF board on the top frame and attached with 1 1/2 inch 18G brad nails.
Style is the Icing on the Cake
Trim pieces help the integrity of the MDF, especially at the corners and it improves the look by transforming this beast into a sexy beast.
Step 7) Attach the 1 x 2 trim pieces with 1 1/2 inch 18G brad nails.
Step 8) Touch up any spots with wood filler and give it a light sanding. For added protection I applied four coats of Spar Urethane. Being stored in the garage it will be subject to some temperature changes living in Colorado.
Now that my garage space is under control I don’t have to depend on my quick reflexes and immunizations to improve life expectancy.
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