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.
Don’t forget to download the printable plans!
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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How much did this approximately cost?
Im really interested in building this!
It was around $150 depending on how many supplies you need to buy such as the screws, sealer, wood glue, wood filler, etc. I had most of these items already on hand. I also felt like the casters were a great price. I had seen many selling for $12 each elsewhere. Thanks for you question and let me know if there is any other questions you have.
I have a shed attached to the back of the house been thinking of putting work bench in there to make more room in the garage
Sounds like a good idea Bob. You can definitely cater it to fit the size you need. Enjoy the build!
Earl Sanders says
I was looking at your website and I just fell in love with your workbench.. but I didn’t need it workbench I needed a table saw kind of workbench. So I use your concept and I retrofitted and made me that. Best thing ever. I like the idea of the MDF it does make it look so professionally made. I wish I could send you a picture of what I made. Thank you again for your ideals I enjoyed it.
Thanks so much! I am so happy that you modified it to work for you. You are welcome to send me a picture at email@example.com. I would love to see what you made.
I spent $225 for all the materials. That included a box of 100 wood screws (I used 2 1/2 in deck type crews with torx heads) which I’ve got plenty left for future projects. Also bought two boxes of the Kreg screws, of which most of the second box is leftover. The project turned out great. Could not have bought half as much of a bench for the money!
Awesome Frank! Thanks for sharing! I hope many great projects are made on your new workbench. Enjoy!
Nigel William says
Hi! Tiffany, you deserve such a standing ovation. This workbench is absolutely amazing, I was wondering if you could tell me how long it took you to finish this project?
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Thanks so much for your kind words. I think it probably took me around 20-25 hours. I think if you follow the tutorial it would take around 15-20 hours or less. Part of the challenge was figuring out my measurements and a couple other challenges along the way that I corrected with the tutorial. Best of luck if your tackle this project. Would love to see a pic when your done.
Roman from RimsAndTires says
Thank you for the workbench idea! It is great! I’ll bookmark it.
But I’d prefer the wheels with lockers.
What is the weight of the bench?
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Thanks for your comment! There are actually locks on the wheels and it locks in place great. I really have no idea how much it weighs. I am thinking it it pretty heavy, however the large wheels/casters make it very easy to move and maneuver around my garage.
Nigel William says
Hi, I see the wheels you use are a little bit thin, do they work ok? or do you suggest buying bigger ones?
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Thanks for your question. I think the casters are perfect. They are 5 inch casters that can each hold a weight of 220 lbs. They work really well for moving the workbench around with no problems. The brakes are really easy to use as well.
Thank you for a great post. Your tips are very essential. The workbench is so pretty and quality so amazing. it,s easy to use.
Your mathematical quantity as well. Your workbench project is looking so beautiful. I agree with this part you tell anyone Before get started to make sure you have your Safety Gear. It’s very important because I think safety first. Really, your post so helpful.
Thanks so much for your kind words. Glad to hear that you like the workbench and the part about the safety gear. Good luck with all your DIYs.
Salman Sheikh says
Very nice build. I like it and may build one but I don’t like the laminate top and would prefer wood which might raise the price a bit. Also, I would love to have dog holes. I bought some bench dogs but have yet to have a bench with the holes.
I love my workbench! Thanks for the comment. The top is actually MDF not laminate. I am curious to what dog holes and bench dogs are???
Salman Sheikh says
Bench Dogs : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bench_dog
Used to put help hold stuff tight when working with wood.
Jay Nugen says
Thank you for sharing this great bench! If I were to shorten the top and bottom frames by 10 inches, the plans would still essentially work correct?
Thanks for your question. Yes if you shorten the build by 10 inches and adjust the other measurements accordingly it should work as per plans. Let me know if you have any other questions. Enjoy your build!
Ernie Johnson says
I love the bench my question are the plans available on a pdf?
Happy to hear you love the bench. They are not available in a PDF but I am happy to make them for you. Would you want the pictures included?
Ernie Johnson says
If it’s not to much trouble can you include the pictures too, please? If so just plans without the pictures.
thank you very much
frank gorczyca says
First let me say i really like your garage workbench, the fact that it’s on wheels makes it perfect for me, i’m newly retired and i’m really getting into woodworking, now the space i have is 7 1/2 ft. so if i make the workbench that long will i have to add a center leg with another caster for stability??
Thanks for your question and your kind compliment. I am thinking that as long as you have enough support in the bottom and top frame cross supports I don’t think an extra middle wheel is needed. For example in my plan I only had three cross supports. You may want to add an additional cross support to have a total of four to make up for the extra length (refer to step one in the tutorial. Those wheels hold 220 lbs each so I think the four wheels for the added weight and length would be sufficient. Hope that helps.
Dan S says
Wow great write up! I saw other posts but it lacked the detailed instructions that you have. You mentioned a PDF version. Would you mind sharing it?
Thank you so much! I have emailed the printable plans to you. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Mark Hughes says
Can I get those pdf plans too? That is an awesome bench and I might try making it this weekend.
Excited to hear you will be building the workbench. The best way to get the PDF plans is to visit the post and click on the image that says “free download printable plans,” enter your email and the plans will be emailed to you with a link to download. Let me know if you need anything else. Enjoy the build!
Pam @diyDesignFanatic.com says
The workbench looks great! My husband just finished a very similar one tonight!
Thats great! So far I am loving mine. Such a perfect addition to my garage.
Ruth Diana says
I wish I got this gorgeous workbench for my garage at once. I also visited another post for getting ideas about 10 best garage workbench and guess what? I got amazed again and very much thanks for the article with all necessary steps….:)
I am so glad that both of these posts helped you out. Happy Building!
Hello and thanks for the plans. Table turned out great. Added a few little touches. Would like to share my pictures.
Thats great to hear you got the workbench done. I am not sure if you can attach pictures in the comments (you can try) but you can email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Can’t wait to see them!
Awesome table. I too am in the process of builing it, however I’m a bit taller and found the legs to be rather short. How tall is your table (from floor to top)? Thank you!
Thanks for your question. From the floor to the top of the table it measures 34 1/4 inches. I am shorter at 5″3′ and I find it the perfect height for me. However I also wanted the workbench to double as an outfeed for my table saw so I considered that in my design as well.
This is an awesome design and i am almost done making it! Had a question/thought – i was thinking of having the top a little longer on the sides and the front so that it overhangs. The reason is that i can use that couple inches to clamp things down and the clamps can get a proper hold. Any thoughts? Or problem that i am not seeing in having a bigger top?
I think that is a great idea. The current build does allow about 3/4 inch of an over hang if you add the 1×2 trim. I am able to clamp items to the top. However if you want to add additional length for a bigger overhang I think the design allows for that and I don’t see any reason adding 2-3 additional inches to the top would cause any issues. Thanks for your questions. Enjoy the build!
Excellent…many thanks for the response! Since you spent a ton of time perfecting this I (and people like me) are able to do this in a matter of hours. This turned out to be a weekend job and I am a beginner learning as i go!!
Great Job Raja,
No shame in being a beginner…you didn’t pick the easiest built to start with 😉
FWIW – I added 2 3/4 to the legs and that brought the overall height up to 37 inches. I am 6 feet myself and i think thats perfect to use it as a workbench.
I had someone mention they also wanted to increase the height. I am a towering 🙂 almost 5’3″ so the 34 1/4 inches works well for me and it works great as an outfeed to my table saw. This is what is so great about DIY…customizing it to fit your needs. Glad you are able to make it your own. Feel free to email me pics when you are done. I would love to see the finished product – email@example.com
David C Preston says
Beautiful project. Is there any way to get the plans and cut sheets? I want to use the full sheet of MDF leaving a couple inches around the perimeter for clamping. I’m also going to use the flip down casters for moving the bench. That way it will be nice and stable when in use.
Thanks for your kind comments! I have emailed the plans to you. I have had others adjust the size of the top to allow for more space for clamping and this is a great idea. The brakes on my casters work great and the size of the casters are perfect for the bench as I am able to move the workbench around the garage with ease. Have fun building and email me pics when you are done would love to see them!
This is a great bench. Would you mind sending me the pdf plans as well?
I emailed the plans to you. Let me know if you have any questions.
william irick says
Can I have them emailed to me as well?
Please go to the Garage Workbench Post and click on the “FREE Download Printable Plans,” enter your email info and it will be emailed to you.
Stephen Thomas says
Question…I must be missing something because my math says with the legs cut to 25 3/4 plus the 3/4 top plus the 1 1/2 inch thick plates on bottom of legs for casters plus the 5 inch casters all together comes to a total height for the table of 33in but you say yours is 34 1/4.
What am I missing here? Where does your extra 1 1/4 come from?
Just trying to make sure I get the right height!
Thanks for your question/observation. After measuring my workbench table again it looks like the overall height of the table is closer to 34 inches (I updated the post). The depth of the 2 x 6 is closer to 1 5/8 inches. Probably the biggest discrepancy/confusion comes from the caster. Although the casters are 5 inch wheels when you measure the entire caster including the wheel and the hardware together it measures app 6 1/8 inch. Making up for the extra 1 1/4 inch (close too this) you are referring too. I hope that helps clear up any confusion. Let me know if I can help further.
Stephen Thomas says
Great plans and build! I used what you did here, put a few tweaks in there to make it my own, and I’m very happy with how it turned out! I did a second shelf like you, but also cut out a section of the workbench top so I could incorporate my router table. Built to exact height of my table saw to act as an outfeed table. Left a 2” overhang all the way around for clamping. And finally, used flipdown casters for additional sturdiness when working but still able to be mobile when needed. More to come…small cabinet/drawer under the router table area for router and accessory storage, working to mount dust collection underneath, and maybe a drawer in either side under the workbench top.
Not sure how to post a pic, but thanks again and great work!
Thanks so much for sharing. Your workbench sounds awesome and I am so happy you were able to customize it for yourself and your needs. I would love to see your pics. If you would like you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Aidenv Logan says
Hey Tiffany, Amazing post! So many good tips and information. Thanks for sharing your great skills with us and I really appreciate your work towards the workbench and it looks really good. Hope to learn some more DIY ideas from your side. Keep up the good work!
Thanks so much for the comment! So happy that you like the workbench.
ron repp says
when connecting legs how many screws were used at each corner,and did you use wood glue also ?
Thanks for your question. I didn’t use wood glue to attach the legs. I used a total of four screws to attach the legs at each corner. Which is two screws in each 2 x 4 to attach it to the frames. Hopefully that all makes sense.
Steve Siegfried says
Just finished my bench. I used 3″ wood screws instead of pocket screws. Stronger in the end. I also used 3/4 plywood. MDF is nice looking but won’t hold up to the abuse I’ll put my bench thru. I also put two 2×6 blocks under each wheel as the overall height wasn’t optimal. I also used urethane wheels with brakes ($12 at Home Depot) so you can lock down the position of the table in your garage or outside where you are working on it. Overall price, I spent about $155.
Thanks for sharing! So happy that you customized it to work for you. I hope you enjoy many years of doing projects on it!
I’m a contractor who’s been in the industry for over 30 years, and am currently remodeling my late father’s workshop. I’ve been looking for a workbench design that is functional and looks good, and yours fits right in that category. I must commend you on this bench for it’s quality, aesthetics and price point. Hats off to you for this functional work of art!
Thank you thank you thank you! What an amazing comment from someone in your industry. That means so much to me! I hope you enjoy the build and enjoy your late father’s workshop. My dad has taught me a lot about DIY. Something special that we share.
Thanks for this great project & plans! I am going to review it in detail and possibly make some workbenches for my makerspace in Paris!
Keep up the great work!
Thanks Francesco! Enjoy the project!
Oooohhh Paris! Would love to visit someday! Thanks Francesco and enjoy the build!
Hi there! When you say “2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws” do you mean Qty. 2, half inch screws, or 2.5″ screws? 😀
Thanks for your question. What is meant by 2 1/2″ screws is 2.5 inches. Sorry for any confusion.
Awesome, thank you!
Stu Russell says
I moved into a new location and need a work bench. The builder left a pile of lumber, i I used it and your concept for the basis of the bench. I extended the middle shelf the length of the bench and used two drawer slides so it could be pulled out. For casters I disassembled a moving dolly. Except for the slides and the screw it cost nothing and as a plus most of the scrap lumber is gone.
Thanks for sharing. I love the idea about the drawer slides! I hope you enjoy your new workbench!
First time using the kreg jig, but seems simple enough. The 2.5 inch screws go through the 2×4, seems like 1.5 inch is plenty long since the jig bit only leaves .5 inch of wood. That leaves an inch of wood through the grain to bite into and no risk of tip coming out.
There is a learning curve with the Kreg Jeg and I haven’t fully overcome it yet despite using it for several projects. For this project I used the guide that Kreg Jeg recommends that came with the unit. I recommend testing it on a scrap piece of wood before you use it on the actual project. Make sure the stop collar on the drill bit is correct as well as the correct thickness of the wood is set. I have forgotten to set these and have mis drilled the pocket hole and have had my screws pierce through the connected piece of wood. Also I have noticed that wood width sizes and thickness can vary from board to board which can be a frustration with a Kreg Jig and for projects in general. Finally if you are still having issues the customer service at Kreg Jig is really good and maybe they can help guide you as well. Sorry maybe you didn’t need all that info I just wrote but thought I would share some of my experiences. Hopefully you were able to complete the project.
This was a cool table but you have some misleading typos in here. Especially the MDF measurement for the middle shelf.
Thanks Ben, I adjusted the middle shelf measurements. Thanks for letting me know.
This bench is awesome!!!!
I’m making it at the moment with just a few minor adjustments.
I don’t do Krieg Lol
Thanks again for the inspiration!!!
Glad to hear you are working on the bench. Hope it turns out great! Feel free to send me any pics of the finished product. I love to see what people make out of the plans.
Sam Maxi says
I’m a huge fan of DIY working I read out your article and got some good idea about making of garage workbench by DIY working. Thanks for your amazing idea its help me a lot.
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Glad to help you out!
Great job Tiffany. I plan to build this one next week. Where did you purchase the casters and do you recall the name brand?
I purchased the casters from Amazon. Here is the link. The link is also listed in the supplies section for easy reference. So far I think the caster work great. They easily glide on the garage floor.
Jeffery Griffin says
Was wondering if I could get the plans for you mobile workbench.
The plans are available to download through the post several times by clicking on the images that say “Free Download Printable Plans” and also at the bottom of the post. Let me know if you have any issues.
david a mourino says
I am not a handy person and probaply to old to start but I am very impressed thank you godspeedf
Thanks, David I appreciate the compliment. I would encourage you to try it. I am mostly a self-taught DIYer and have made many mistakes along the way. This is a big build, but overall it’s not complicated. I am happy to give you any directions/support if you need it. Take care.
Tiffany is it possible to get PDF plans from you? The bench is awesome!!!!
Yes! Glad to hear you like the workbench. In the post, there are a couple of images that say “Free Download Printable Plans.” If you click on one of those you can enter your email address and they will be sent to you in a confirmation email. Enjoy the build!
John Misiak says
First off, I would just like to say, Great Job!
I just have a couple of questions, and this is not in any way taking away what an awesome job you’ve done because you have me whipped on any given day with that nice piece. I was just wondering, before you started that build, did you ever give any thought about making the top slightly bigger in order to clamp your projects down? Also, did you ever think about building any drawers for it? I think that would have made it extra Ultimate. 🙂
Once again, very very nice job Tiffany!
Thanks for your compliment and questions. And so it seems with almost any project there is room for improvement. Yes I actually did think about adding drawers and probably still could. An overhang for clamping I did think of after as well. However, I do have a slight overhang of 3/4″, although not sure how good that will be in the long run. I am sure I can try to rig a little somethin somethin though 😉. I also created this post the other day about 10 accessories to add to a garage workbench, which again can also help improve the function.
Ken Soko says
Thanks for this post. It was helpful to get an idea of what I wanted for my reloading equipment.
I changed a few things that would better suit my needs.
I changed the length to fit a 8’ sheet of MDF board and added one extra cross support.
The height I changed to 32”.
I used only 2x4s total 11
The bottom shelf I raised it up 1 1/2” from the ground. It makes a good place to rest my feet and I added a center support.
No casters I don’t plan on moving it. If I do add casters I will do side mount casters, I have these on my welding bench and they are worth every penny. SPACECARE Workbench Casters kit 800Lbs Heavy Duty Retractable Workbench Stepdown Caster Wheels Adjustable Polyurethane Durable Steel Construction(Set of 4) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X2DSJF4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_6bqIEbGXKQSD8
It took me about 3 hrs to build the frame. I spent about $40 so far. I still have to buy something for the top and the bottom shelf.
11 2x4s $3.30 each
Top and shelves – I haven’t bought them yet I still deciding what to go with. MDF about $30 a sheet MDO about $60 a sheet ACX $40 a sheet.
Awesome! Sounds like you have a great build going customized to fit your needs. Feel free to send me a pic when your done.
Ken soko says
Here is a pic of the final product.
It looks AWESOME! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you get tons of use out of it. Enjoy the build!
Peter McAvoy says
Just completed mine and it came out fantastic. The only issue I had was one board in bottom of frame had a warped 2×4 that you could not tell till I had it completed, when I put the casters on one wheel was off the ground. Had to completely take it apart and replaced the 2×4 and it all came into place. Really examine your wood you purchase one warped piece throws it way off. Very please with your plans thank so much.
Oh my gosh that is so frustrating! I feel your pain. But glad it all worked out after all. Enjoy your workbench!
Just found myself back to this page almost 2 years after building me one of these ( i have my comments above as well). It has seen a lot of action (lot of action for a DIY’er that is) in this time but still sturdy as a rock…. and going strong.
Thanks for coming back to visit! So happy to hear your workbench is getting some use and still holding up. Mine is getting a lot of use as well. Enjoy your your projects!
Thank you Tiffany for posting clear plans for a solid workbench. I altered the dimensions to give me a 45″x90″ work surface and added another brace for each table surface. Took me 2 days to build and seal. Whew! Now it’s time to stack it full of tools so I can build other things.
That is great to hear! Email me a pic I would love to see it – email@example.com. Happy to hear that you adopted the plans for your prefered dimensions.
Matthias Pauwels says
What are these supplies exactly?
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
Thanks and keep up the nice work!
These supplies are the wood to build the workbench. For example you need eight 2″ x 4s” that are 8 feet long, two 2″ x 6s” 8 feet long, etc. The MDF (medium density fiberboard) is a 4′ x 8′ sheet and you need two of them. Let me know if you have any further questions.
David Clark says
Great work bench!! I am planning on building one. However, I am a little confused. In some of the pictures the legs are attached to the inside of the frame and in others the legs are outside the frame. Does it matter? Please ignore bi focals can be a pain sometimes.
Thanks for your question. The legs are attached to the inside of the top frame and on the outside of the bottom frame. Hope that makes sense. Let me know if you have any more questions.
Tiffany, great work bench! Thanks for the detailed instructions and material take off. Question, the difference in the bottom and to frame dimensions is 6” in width and length. Shouldn’t it be 3” to make up for the thickness of the legs at 2x 1.5” = 3”? Thanks again, I headed out to purchase the materials.
The top frame measurement takes into account the width of the 2×4(6) legs that are attached to the outside of the bottom frame. Therefore you have the width of the 2x4s of the bottom frame plus the width of the 2×4(6) of the legs. So it’s 4 x 1.5″ = 6″ extra to account for the length and width of the top frame. If the top frame was only an extra 3″ longer then you wouldn’t have enough room to attach the legs on the bottom frame. I hope that makes sense. Let me know if I can help further. Enjoy the build.
Yes, so sorry to have bothered you with this. I figured it out as soon as I sent the question. Momentary stupidity! Lol. Thanks so much!!
Haha, no worries. You had me questioning myself for a moment. It takes mental gymnastics to figure out these measurements sometimes.
James Thibeault says
Just built this, didn’t use mdf but 1 x 10 and 1 x 8 boards. Still turned out pretty good. Still have to do some sanding and staining but otherwise done. Doesn’t look as nice as the one in your picture but I’m pretty happy with the outcome.
Awesome to hear! I am sure it looks great and would love to see pics. Enjoy building all your projects on your new workbench.
I clicked on the Download Plans, entered my email address, but didn’t receive the plans. I did receive an email and used the password to search in the library, but didn’t find them there. What in the world am I doing wrong?
Circling back here to make sure you got the garage workbench plans I emailed? Good luck on the build.
David Hughes says
Hey Tiffany. Just started on mine instead of buying one. Thanks for the inspiration. Was also wondering about the wheels. I have old table that has fallen apart but has great wheels. How have yours done over the years? Would you recommend a polished finish. My wife is insisting on it. Your vote will sway the election either way.
Happy to hear that you are building the workbench. Yes the wheels/casters I used have been perfect. They make it really easy to move the massive workbench around. I put a sealer on my workbench so yes I would agree to add a finish. Enjoy!