Ultimate Roll Away Workbench System for Ryobi Blogger Build-Off

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 02/17/2016 - 09:53
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Free plans for ultimate workbench, roll away carts with built in tools, save space and maximize functionality and storage.  Designed and built by Ana-White.com

Hello friends, fellow builders!  So very excited today to finally get to share these plans today!

Last fall, the folks at Ryobi asked me to compete in a Blogger Build-Off, the challenge to create the perfect built in workbench.  It was fun getting to work with Shanty2Chic and Homemade Modern, with the hubs as my partner.  So fun!

I felt like everyone was a winner, especially you, on this one, but it is a challenge, so please do vote.  

If we win the Build-Off, Ryobi will dontate a ton of tools to our Interior Alaska Habitat for Humanity - and trust me, they need it - our Habitat has to cover more area than any other!

So that workbench!

My task was to make it cutting edge.

I took that as my project needed a cutting edge.  So I designed a simple workbench to fit a sliding compound miter saw in the middle, perfectly positioned so the side workbenches serve as feed tables.

But here's the big problem with a sliding miter saw: It needs 32" (or more depending on your saw) depth-wise to slide.  So what to do with the space under the workbenches, that need to be 32" deep?  I knew 32" deep shelving would be a terrible idea, as stuff would just get lost back there (kitchen cabinets are 24" deep and that's about as deep as you want to go).

So I thought, what if I had roll out storage?

And the tops of the rollout storage carts could function as assembly tables or sanding/finishing tables.

And then when you are done working, they carts neatly tuck under the workbench, saving space in the garage and putting everything away.

After designing, tweaking, redesiging, stressing over how to optimize materials to help you save money when building, and then more tweaking .... we built this!

When you look through the plans, it may look complicated, but I promise, this one is easy.  It is big, but it is not difficult to build, and you'll be amazed at how fast it comes together.

Once you have that perfect workbench built, it's time to start customizing it for your needs.  There's a spot for a vacuum under the circular saw, so you can manage your sawdust easier.

Then on one of the carts we cut out part of the top and attached a bench tool to this.  We did this for all the bench tools that needed a home.

So when you need a bench tool - like this Kreg Jig - all you have to do is slide it into the cut out, use it, and then store it.  The Kreg Jig piece is lightweight, so it stores upside down in the space.

How cool is that?

On the side of that cart, we added a clamp bar, so clamps are within easy reach, but always have a home to go back to.

On the second cart, we customized it to hold a table saw.  When not in use, it just is a flat surface, but when in use, the tablesaw deck is significantly larger and easier to work with.  The cut out area helps to contain the sawdust, and you have a nice place to store your table saw.

The second cart also functions as an outfeed table for your tablesaw.  This is especially handy when using the tablesaw by yourself.

We are so very proud of how this workbench turned out.  It is the result of many hours of consideration of how a home woodworking workshop is used, balanced with trying to minimize complexity and materials cost.  I wanted this project to be accessible to a new woodworker, but not be something they would outgrow as their skills increased.

We hope you love it as much as we do.  If you want to build it, the plans are here.

 

Please take a second to pin or share - your support helps us keep coming up with projects and ideas, and allows us to keep this site free.  We very much appreciate your support.

 

And if you love it, please do take a second to vote.  If we win, our charity will get a ton of tools.  And I'll get to brag that I have the best readers.  

XO Ana + Jacob

 

CLICK HERE FOR PLANS AND TO VOTE 

 

 

 

Dimensions
About 12 feet long and 32" deep - fits standard 12" sliding miter saw (be sure to measure yours first) Carts are counterheight, cutting surface is bar height.

Instructions

Step 1

I put these plans together for Ryobi Nation. They are available free here.

Comments

brickton

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 16:19

I'm in the midst of trying to figure out what I want to do with my sliding miter saw and this looks amazing. I love the utility of having the outfeed section for the tablesaw. This is so great! 

In reply to by brickton

Ana White

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 09:51

Thank you so much!  Glad you liked it.  It is so nice to have a sliding miter saw built into the bench.  So hard to use a small tablesaw without an outfeed table by yourself too.  Share if you build, would love to see how you mod yours out!

Heather Theis

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 08:42

I almost voted for the shanty girls the other day- SO GLAD the Ryobi site hates me!!! lol! Figured it out for you though! This is exacty what I've been looking for! I've been using an unfinished island ( x sides of courst), an old dresser I found on a facebook garage sale site and  the two drawer sides to an old desk to do exactly what you did here. It and it doesn't work so hot. Looks like I'm going to be flipping my current pieces to pay for this! lol.

boice12

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 06:57

This may seem like a silly question. But I am just diving in to the world of wood working and just had a question regarding the type of plywood you typically use? What type should I get for this project and where would you recommend getting it. I grew up in North Pole and Eagle River down by Anchorage....so fellow Alaskan here. :-)

exit2studios

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 14:38

If I'm reading the plans correctly, there is 3/4" clearance for the carts with the casters you used?  I ask because my casters are slightly larger (4-1/8" clearance) and I would prefer to have less gap so hoping I can leave the measurements as stated.  The pictures don't look like there is that much leeway :-)

 

Great design, btw.  I signed up just so I could vote for you!

exit2studios

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 14:39

If I'm reading the plans correctly, there is 3/4" clearance for the carts with the casters you used?  I ask because my casters are slightly larger (4-1/8" clearance) and I would prefer to have less gap so hoping I can leave the measurements as stated.  The pictures don't look like there is that much leeway :-)

 

Great design, btw.  I signed up just so I could vote for you!

Halld03

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 01:08

The link to the plans no longer work. Any chance I can still download them?