Easy DIY Garage Workshop Workbench

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Make a workbench for your garage with these easy, beginner friendly build plans!  Free plans with step by step diagrams and cut list/shopping list by Ana-White.com

Photo by EWEBRAT

This workbench plan is a modification of this plan updated to a larger size while still using similar amount of materials, also increased in height to standard countertop height, and left open on the ends for easier clamping.

The workbench shown in the photo was built by  TheresaLynn.  Thanks all for your contribution of ideas and completed projects!

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Easy DIY Garage Workshop Workbench

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Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

8 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long

1 - sheet of 3/4" thick plywood (AC grade most economical option)

2-1/2" self tapping wood screws

1-5/8" self tapping wood screws

Cut List

4 - 2x4 @ 55" - side aprons

4 - 2x4 @ 35-1/4" - legs

8 - 2x4 @ 31-1/2" - supports and end aprons

4 - 2x4 @ 19-3/4" - leg blocking

4 - 2x4 @ 8-1/2" - leg blocking

1 - 3/4" plywood @ 34-1/2" x 48" - bottom shelf

1 - 3/4" plywood @ 34-1/2" x 55" - top

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Build four of the legs by attaching with glue and 2-3/4" screws the long leg pieces to the leg blocking. Make sure your 2x4s will fit in openings.

Step 2

Attach long aprons to leg sets, 2-3/4" screws and glue. Check to make sure the leg sets are square by taking diagonal measurements from opposite corners as shown in diagrams. If the diagonal do not match, push the two opposite corners on the longer diagonal to adjust, then check for square again.

Step 3

Now attach the two leg sets together with the supports. Use 2-3/4" screws and glue.

Step 4

Finally, attach plywood to tops of shelving with screws or brad nails and glue.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Sat, 08/31/2019 - 18:07

I built this today with some slight modifications.  Made mine 60W x 30D x 38H and added wheels with stops in case I want to move it for certain projects.  Had to use more than 1 sheet of plywood due to the 60 inch width.  I used 1/2 OSB for the lower shelf that I had around.  I wont be pounding on the shelf anyways I figured.  I needed to make some shelving in my shed and Garage anyways so I wasnt worried about the extra plywood.  Was a fun little project.  SImple design that can be easily modified to suit your needs.  Can also add addition shelving and further customize as desired. Very sturdy.  I dont think I am going to get too fancy as far as staining or painting, but i am going to give it a good sand to round the edges of the top and maybe a few other small spots to keep the slivers down hopefully.

Thank you for sharing!   


Sat, 01/02/2021 - 04:17

I'm wondering the same! I'm getting ready to build this next week and am wondering if I should modify the bench to suit a vice, or if it would be fine as is. Do you have ideas on how to mount a vise to it?


Sun, 01/03/2021 - 11:23

Built yesterday as my first build ever. Great for a beginner and very easy. It doesnt even wobble! Id like to add casters as well to make it easy to move.