Easy to follow free plans to build a Simple Workbench.
How To Build A Simple DIY Workbench
- (7) 2 x 4 x 8 Ft. Boards
- (2) 4 Ft. x 8 Ft. Sheets of 3/4-inch Plywood
- 2 1/2-inch Self-Tapping Wood Screws
- 1 1/4-inch Wood Screws
- Tape Measure
- Carpenter’s Square
- Cordless Impact Driver
- Circular Saw
- Safety Glasses
- Hearing Protection
- Dust Mask
- (4) 2×4 @ 51 inches (long stretchers)
- (4) 2×4 @ 27 inches (short stretchers)
- (4) 2×4 @ 24 inches (supports)
- (4) 2×4 @ 31 1/4 inches (legs)
- (1) 3/4-inch plywood @ 54 inches x 27 inches (bottom shelf)
- (1) 3/4-inch plywood @ 60 inches x 36 inches (top)
Step 1 – Build the top and bottom frames.
Measure, mark, and cut 2x4s to length. Construct as shown with 2 1/2-inch self-tapping wood screws.
Step 2 – Attach the legs.
Measure, mark, and cut 2×4 legs to length. Attach legs as shown with 2 1/2-inch self-tapping wood screws. Place the bottom shelf at the height you prefer. This plan shows the bottom shelf about 3 inches from the ground.
Step 3 – Add the bottom shelf.
Measure, mark, and cut 3/4-inch plywood bottom shelf to size. Slide into place and attach with 1 1/4-inch wood screws.
Step 4 – Add the top shelf.
Measure, mark, and cut 3/4-inch plywood top to size. Position on top of the workbench allowing for a 3-inch overhang on all sides. Attach to the workbench with 1 1/4-inch wood screws.
Donna Makowski says
I LOVE this workbench plan but…when I click on “Plans Download” at the top of the webpage just below the title, the next page says “No content available”
How do I get a printable copy of the plans?
Just print the page!
What software do you use to build your plans?
MT Risner says
Pretty neat ideas. However, you might consider getting the PDF functionality of your plans fixed or at the very least don’t make the website template so graphics intense so the images load when simply printing the page.
Matthew W Hynes says
Hi Jen. I adapted your design to fit my space. Used disassembled pallets for the structure and an old sheet of plywood for the top and shelf. Total cost for the project…$0.00.
Lynne Sablotski says
Thank you so much for sharing your plan. I can’t wait to build this bench for my workshop. 🙂
Stan D'Souza says
In my retirement I picked up woodworking and was thrilled to find a person like you who is also hopefully, going to be a self taught carpenter like you. Thank you very much for your blog. Hopefully I will learn from you. Looking forward to check your blog and postings and see if there is anything I can find which will help me. I am currently working of creating plantations shutters for my house in sunny AZ. I will let you know how it goes.
Thank you for the plans.
I can easily modify them to go over my existing 36″H shelf system.
Very helpful in seeing how to assemble them!
I think I’m missing something when I’m trying to understand these plans. The plans call out a 3-inch overhang on all sides, meaning the 36-inch deep top piece should be supported by a 30″ deep base. The plans show a 27″ deep base.
jim kosmides says
Nice concept, but I will be adjusting a few dimensions to minimize waste (scrap) and try to do this with a little less wood. Example, making the table width 24 instead of 27 will allow me to use a single 8′ 2X4 on the top or bottom.