Tall Workbench with Wood Storage

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DIY tall workbench with wood storage plans

workbench with wood storage
workbench with wood storage

Hi everyone!  I'm so delighted to share today with you both a new project and a new building blogger!!!  

Meet Jenn from Rock.Paper.Scissors, Shoot!! -

Hi everyone, my name is Jenn, from Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot! (jennblogshere.com I love taking on new projects (Sewing? Wood Burning? Beekeeping?! Yes, all of it!) and traveling (just got back from Thailand!). One of my recent projects began when I purchased a home this past January. It’s straight out of the 60’s and I am over-confidently DIYing as much as I can to fix this place up!

Here's a few projects Jenn has taken on -

DIY Rock Siding

DIY Concrete Countertop update

DIY Bathroom wall storage with jars and hooks

DIY American Girl Sized Doll Bed

And today's project - new workbench with lumber storage!

There is an awesome workroom in the basement of my house, which unfortunately had some water damage. After fixing that up, I needed to organize the room a bit more – there’s nothing more frustrating than fixing up a house and constantly loosing tools! I needed a good place to store wood scraps, and house my miter saw – which I use SO often. This solution solved both problems while allowing me to store commonly-used items to be readily available!

Jenn has lots more photos - including juicy before and afters and those so useful construction photos - in her blog post as well, so go check that out right now.

Jenn's been awesome enough to let us share plans for her workbench below - check them out!  And if you want to keep up with Jenn and her DIY blog, make sure you follow her on Instagram and add her blog to your must read list!

Have an awesome day!

XO Ana + Family

workbench with wood storage
This is a tall workbench (bar height) when caster wheels are added. Eight foot long lumber will fit inside, but will extend outward 12" on each end.


Shopping List

8 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long

2 - sheets of 1/2" plywood (can also use 1x3 boards for shelving)

1 - sheet of 1/4" plywood (optional front, can be omitted for open front shelving)

1 - 3/4" plywood for tabletop

4 caster wheels

Common Materials
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
Cut List

2 - 2x4 @ 51"

2 - 2x4 @ 30"

2 - 2x4 @ 32"

2 - 2x4 @ 34"

4 - 2x4 @ 28"

6 - 2x4 @ 64"

3 - 1/2" plywood or OSB @ 72" x 28" (shelving, could be 24" wide to conserve plywood or you could also slat shelves with 1x3 or similar boards cut 72" long)

1 - 1/4" plywood @ 72"x38" (front - optional, shelving can be exposed as well)

1 - 3/4" plywood @ 72" x 31" (tabletop)

1 - pegboard or plywood scrap 72" x 14-1/2" (back splash)





Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular 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

Start by building two of the side pieces.  I recommend using your Kreg Jig here to attach these boards together with 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.  

Step 2

Create the overall frame of the project by adding the longer 2x4s cross wise.  Use your pocket hole jig to attach with 1-1/2" setting, 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

If your shelves will need additional support, add it now.  If you will be storing long pieces of lumber, they won't need additional support underneath.

Step 3

Lay shelving pieces on top and nail down with glue.  Use 1-1/4" brad nails.

Step 4

If you are adding 1/4" plywood to front, screw or nail down with glue.  If you omit this piece, you may need to add some cross bracing to prevent racking to the front.

Attach countertop with glue and screws (2").


Step 5

Step 6

Attach caster wheels to base of cabinet with screws.

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.



Sun, 11/16/2014 - 21:07

I made this Saturday morning, but ONLY the framing and added 3" swivel casters each with a locking brake. I was more interested in storing the lumber. And since I use the lumber so frequently, it's easier for me to be able to see my inventory from a distance. The only problem I came across was the 28" pieces where the shelving would rest should be a tad longer to 29"? Otherwise, everything went smooth! Just less than 2 hours for everything! I DO plan on adding the peg board to the top and a 3/4" plywood piece for the top. Thanks for this tutorial!