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As a DIY woodworker, it’s hard to get by without a workbench. For years I did just that, not having a workbench everything becomes your work surface. I finally made it happen, I created a workbench. This DIY workbench was created to give me the workspace I never had and now I can use it indoors and outdoors. Even if you have a workbench, I have a few features in here that could be an addition to yours. I’ll cover them through this article.
I have a detailed set of plans if you want to build the bench identical to this.
Want to make your own?
Follow the steps below.
I got started by measuring all the 2by4 lumber I needed to cut. at the miter saw.
Step1: Drill pocket holes in the 2 by 4 workbench
After I cut all the parts to the preferred length, I drilled pocket holes in the needed “2 by 4”. There are several options for building the frame. Such as exposed screws, wooden dowels, Pocket holes were of quickest, and they’re reliable. To drill these holes you will need a Kreg jig.
Step 2: Build the frame for the DIY workbench
Using pocket holes screws as a joining method allows me to hide the screws holes. You can also, use a dowel to plug the holes.
I find clamping the joints to make things easier when it’s time to install the pocket hole screws.
Start building the frame by securing the two adjacent sides to build the frame.
After repeating the same step on the other side, I checked the squaring of the frame. You can do this by measuring the equivalence of its diagonal lengths in ‘X’ form.
Step 3: Build the legs and attach them to the frame
Each leg is constructed with two 2by4. I butt one part up to the next and installed pocket hole screws. Repeat this three more times.
It’s common to have an uneven garage floor. Elevate the workbench frame hight off the floor. Then I relied on a speed square to set the depth of the leg, I placed it under the frame. Next, I clamped the leg to the frame, then check to make sure the frame is straight to frame.
Repeat this for the remaining legs.
Step 4: Build the bottom frame
I kept the workbench upside down; then, I built a frame on the inside of the legs to create a storage space for my tools.
Step 5: Install the casters on the DIY workbench
To cover the end grain of the 2by4, I added a piece of plywood to provide a stable mounting surface for the casters.
Step 6: Build the workbench top and bottom
After building the frame, I marked and cut the top to size using a circular saw.
I then cut the bottom surface for the workbench and attached it to the bottom frame with screws.
Since I didn’t want to see any screws going through the top. I used corner brackets and screws from beneath the workbench top. The benefit of using brackets is that I can remove and replace the workbench top whenever required.
Step 7: Create and attach the tool holder
I created this tool holding tray, which will allow me to store tools there. Aside from storing, I can put tools there that I am using during a projects to keep my work surface clear.
After building the holder, I installed it under the workbench top. A few screws in the back and corners should do the trick.
Step 8: Install T-tracks to the workbench
On the same side as the tool holder, I cut a couple of 2by4 lumber and routed a slot in the center to accept the T-Track.
Then, I mounted it to the workbench legs and added the T-Track.
Then I took a piece of hardwood and drilled holes in it, then line up with the T-track to create the makeshift Moxon vise. For what it is, it works great. I also added a few more small features that I believe will improve your productivity.
- An old hack blade: This will be great for cutting sandpaper. This could go anywhere, but i placed it at the bottom so it’s out of the way.
- Aluminum angle: I called this the tool hanger, a small addition, but will make a big impact. I added this to both sides of the tools holder. It’s great for hanging measuring tape, drills, and many hand tools with a hook.
Paint and Finish
Of course, everyone will have a different taste when it comes to the finished product. I painted most of this black to match the rest of the cabinets in the shop.
I also have black organizers underneath and the blend in well.
Over the years, I accumulated a few Milwaukee tools. Now I have the Milwaukee M18 PACKOUT™ Radio/Charger I can leave it under the workbench as it’s dual purpose. With the black base, red casters, red tools, and radio make this look coo to me.
Overview of this DIY workbench
I never had a dedicated workbench before. As time goes on, I expect to learn about what could be done differently. For now, I am thrilled with the outcome of this worktable.
To recap here are a few things to note.
- Lage workspace top
- Overhung lip to clamp benchtop tools on the workbench.
- A Tool holder underneath, quickly store tools that are not needed.
- Attached to the underneath tool holder, is an aluminum angle. Now, tools can hang on it for quick access.
- Integrated T-Tracks for clamping all sorts of items.
- An old hacksaw blade is mounted to the lower frame to cut all sorts of paper, even sandpaper.
- Large space at the bottom for open storage.
- Last but not least Large 5in locking casters for easy maneuverability.