These free workbench plans provide a blueprint to build a workbench with or without storage, and the skill level required ranges from beginner to intermediate.
We’ve provided small options to fit tight garage spaces and large woodworking benches on caster wheels. No matter your preferences, there’s something on this list to suit your needs, budget, and skill level.
1. Basic DIY Workbench
A basic DIY workbench is suitable for beginner-level woodworking experience, and this plan from Ana White contains step-by-step instructions. The material list for this build is a short one, only requiring eight 2x4s, one sheet of plywood, and two sizes of self-tapping wood screws.
The bench features shelves for tool storage, but you could customize it, adding casters to make it mobile or magnetic strips to hold onto drill bits and screws.
2. Long Work Bench with Storage Drawers
Those that need to maximize storage space will appreciate this 4’ x 8’ free workbench plan with drawers from Tylynnm. The bench also features locking casters, making it moveable, which is helpful in garages that double as car storage and a workshop.
The free plan includes a material list, tool list, and step-by-step instructions for building the workbench and the storage drawers.
3. Collapsible Workbench Plans
A collapsible workbench is the ultimate solution for tight spaces. The legs fold into the top of this one, making it easy to carry around and store when not in use. Even though it’s on the smaller side with a 33 ¾” x 22 ⅝” top, it’s still suitable for woodworking projects and is big enough to house most miter saws.
Saws on Skates provides basic material and instructions on their website, but you can download the free plan by subscribing to their email list.
4. Workbench Made with One Sheet of Plywood
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly DIY workbench build, this plan from Kregtool only requires one sheet of plywood and a box of Kreg-hole pocket screws. The workbench features a 48” x 24” top and a lower shelf to store tools.
Kreg Tool provides a YouTube video, material list, and step-by-step picture instructions for this build. The only downside is that you’ll need a Kreg pocket hole jig and a pocket hole machine to build this workbench.
5. Cheap and Easy Workbench Plan
A workbench with shelves and pegboard backing provides a place for working and storing equipment. Those with beginner to intermediate construction skills can pull off this easy workbench that requires only one sheet of plywood and fifteen 8-foot-long 2 x 4s.
Basic steps for this free workbench plan are on Family Handyman, with an option to purchase PDF plans with more detailed instructions.
6. Space Saving, Foldable Bench DIY
If you park your car in the garage, chances are, you have a narrow spot to fit a workbench. A great solution is a mobile bench that has a foldable top. You can let the top out when you need to work or fold it down and wheel it away when it comes time to clean up the garage.
Ana White provides step-by-step instructions for this foldable workbench with storage shelves. The work surface measures 4’ x 3’ when expanded and is 4’ x 1’ when folded. The bench height is 3’.
7. Free Woodworking Bench Plan
If looks are as important as functionality, consider this work table with a finished top set with inlays. The tabletop measurements are 2′ x 4′, and the build requires only a couple of hundred dollars worth of lumber.
The WoodFather layouts a step-by-step plan for this bench and gives tips on what he would’ve done differently. He also provides a helpful YouTube video.
8. Wall-Mounted Drop-Down Workbench
Not everyone likes mobile workbenches. If you prefer something mounted to the wall, try this easy build from Kreg Tool. The bench surface measures 30″ x 80″, which is large enough for most projects.
Thanks to the folding legs and hinges, this work table can expand or drop-down for more space.
9. Free Workbench Plan
Intermediate to advanced builders can tackle this workbench which includes shelves, cabinets, and drawers. Matairymd designed this table for longevity, giving it a maple split top and many upgrade options.
There are step-by-step instructions for this bench on Instructables that will walk you through everything from assembling the table legs to building the cabinet doors.
10. Rolling Workbench with Shelving
Wheel this mobile workbench in and out of your garage anytime you need to complete a project. It measures 51″ x 99″ x 34 ½″, an ideal size for woodworking, painting, or crafting. It also has built-in shelves on the front and bottom, allowing for plenty of storage.
The Woodshop Diaries provides step-by-step instructions and a YouTube video for anyone wanting to complete this build.