Hi friends! I’m so excited to share my latest project with you: my new and improved DIY mobile workbench with shelves! If you recall, my old workbench was quite a beast. It served as an out-feed table for my table saw so I specifically designed it to be large enough to hold a full sheet of plywood. But after a year of using it, I discovered that I didn’t realistically use all that space very often and it was taking up valuable real estate in my shop. We had to move (Army life!), so I gave it away to a friend with the expectation I’d be building a new workbench in Texas.
I am absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Rockler Woodworking and Hardware to bring you the plans for this project. I took cues from my old design but improved upon it, making it stronger and more efficient. Feast your eyes on my new favorite thing:
I just love this DIY mobile workbench and can’t wait to start building on it. My knees have not been very happy with me this past year. Side note: holy moly, have we really been living in Texas for a whole year?! We like it. We’re Texas proud.
I’ll walk you through part of my build process, but I encourage you to download the PDF plans below – it has a complete list of materials, cuts, and tools you’ll need for this project as well as step-by-step 3D diagrams.
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First, I built the base frame and installed the casters. These are the 3-inch heavy duty casters I used. The four outer casters will be locking while the two middle casters are not. Here is another great option for workbench casters. These are nice because they don’t add height to your workbench when disengaged, so if you have a stationary workbench and you’d like to make it mobile without increasing the overall height, these casters are an excellent choice.
I used 2-inch lag bolts to install the casters. Be sure to do this before you move forward with the rest of the build, otherwise your bench will be a behemoth to flip over for installation.
I chose to use MDF for part of the build simply because of cost, but I soon regretted that decision. I like that MDF cuts like butter on my table saw, but if I were to build this bench over again, I’d spring for hardwood plywood for the entire thing because it’s stronger and prettier. I did use Purebond plywood for the top two panels because I was afraid that with the clamp track being on there, repeated clamping would stress an MDF board to pieces.
Oh, and check out those professional-looking shelf pin holes – now my shelves are adjustable! I used the Kreg Shelf Pin Jig for this.
I installed the Kreg Universal Clamp Trak™ Kit to the top of my bench. For some odd reason, my kit didn’t come with any hardware or instructions (I think it was a fluke), so Adam and I just had to figure it out.
This is what we came up with:
We positioned the clamp track in place on the bench top, then marked where to drill the holes for the hardware. Then we removed the track, drilled the holes and screwed the hex head bolts in.
Underneath, there’s a washer and nut to hold each bolt in place. We used 18 bolts for the long track and 6 bolts for the short one. Then we slid the tracks on and tightened the bolts. We had to make sure there was a slight overhang on the bench so that we could have access to the bolts.
I added this bottle opener just for Adam. He’s much more inclined to help me lift the heavy things when beer is involved.
As soon as I was done building this thing, I couldn’t wait to load up the shelves with quart cans of my favorite stain and finish. This added feature makes me absolutely giddy.
Oh, one more thing I should mention… do you see that 2×4 piece attached to the shelves on the end there? I added that for extra support of the middle shelf. It’s not in the plans, but I didn’t feel confident that the MDF would be strong enough to hold up the middle aprons. Why build when you can overbuild?
And a few more beauty shots, just because:
I am seriously loving this thing – like, in a creepy, non-platonic, on-the-verge-of-totally-unacceptable kind of way.
But can you blame me? I am So. Freakin’. Excited that I don’t have to build on the garage floor anymore! Woohoo! Be glad you’re not here to witness my happy dance.
Thanks for stopping by – I hope these DIY mobile workbench plans are useful to you. Be sure to tag me or send me photos if you build this workbench for yourself. Until then, get out there and make some sawdust!
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