Workbench Plans With Designs Meant To Inspire

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big fans of DIY projects and everything handcrafted. We think these things hold a lot of character and are a great way to express oneself creatively and originally. If you feel the same way you probably know a thing or two about working with tools and all sorts of materials and perhaps you also recognize the importance of having a suitable work environment. This brings us to the subject of today’s article: workbench plans. Building a workbench is one of the things that will help you with other future projects so think of this as an investment in your success as a DIYer.

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The workbench plans don’t have to be complicated unless you specifically prefer such a design. If your goal, however, is to make something simple and practical, the plans provided on Buildsomething should work just fine. As you can see, this is a very basic workbench, with no unnecessary elements in its design.

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In a lot of ways, a workbench is the same as a desk or a table but with a design that’s perhaps a bit more rugged, less refined and less complicated, as exemplified on Saltbushavenue. For the base you can use a metal underframe which you can get from IKEA the top can be a simple solid wood board. You can add a file cabinet underneath or a toolbox or whatever you want to store your things in.

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It’s also possible to build a workbench entirely out of wood. You can find the plans for such a project on Mrlentz. You’ll need a lot of wood and very little hardware. You can also build the bench without any powertools. Well…actually you’ll need a drill but other than that there’s not much else to worry about. The process is quite simple. Just measure, cut and assemble all the elements.

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Design and build the workbench in accordance with the type of activity it will be used for. If you’re building it for kids so they can have a dedicated arts and crafts area, the bench would have to be small and kid-friendly. Actually, let’s call it a craft station. There’s a detailed tutorial on how to build one on Handmadecharlotte. The storage cubbies and the pegboard are great features.

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We also found some garage workbench plans that we’d like to share with you. They come from Instructables and the instructions are pretty easy to follow. As you can see, the bench is long and offers plenty counter space as well as a storage area underneath. You can add rolling cabinets under there or you can use the space to store a chair on which you might want to sit occasionally.

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When there’s not a lot of space to work with, you have to be creative and to find ways to overcome the challenges. Let’s say you’re living in a small apartment and you enjoy DIY projects. You might not have a lot of room for a large workbench but you might be able to build yourself a small one with a decent amount of built-in storage. Check out these workbench plans from instructables to find out more details.

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Finding a suitable place for a workbench can be quite difficult, especially when you don’t have a spare room you could use for it. In that case, just work with what you have. An option, for example, could be to build a custom workbench inside a closet. Depending on the size and shape of the closet, you can adapt the instructions offered in this tutorial from Instructables to suit your needs.

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This workbench has a design inspired by the structure of a pallet. It’s a practical approach and if you want you can actually boards from old pallets for this project. Cut the boards to size if needed and put together the bottom, sides and interior dividers, then add the top. There’s definitely room for customization so feel free to make your workbench exactly the way you want it to be. {found on instructables}.

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Since a workbench without storage is incomplete, it’s good to decide from the start which option you prefer. You could build your workbench to be just a simple table with a solid top or you could give it clever built-in storage compartments. The second option requires some special workbench plans. You can find some on Instructables. You can create as many compartments as you want, based on what you plan to store in each one.

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It’s sometimes useful to be able to move the workbench to a different location that better suits the project you plan on starting. For example, some things are better done outside. A workbench with casters makes things easier in general. But before you attach the casters you have to complete a bunch of other steps first so be sure to have a look at the detailed tutorial for this project provided on Instructables.

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A DIY workbench doesn’t have to look perfect. In fact, nothing has to be perfect when you’re building it yourself. That being said, you can go ahead and find a fallen log and start cutting it into pieces. You’ll need a long plank to use as a top for the workbench and some log pieces for the legs. You’d be creating a beautiful live-edge counter without even trying to focus on the looks. {found on instructables}.

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You can design your workbench sort of like a kitchen island. It can be built from scratch or you can repurpose an old cabinet. A drawer can be placed right under the top and you can use it to store all the tools and other small things in there. Open shelves under the drawer can be used to store larger objects or boxes. Put the whole unit on casters so you can move it easily. {found on instructables}.

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The secret to any DIY project is good planning. It’s important to have detailed plans and well-defined steps before starting building a workbench no matter how simple the design may be. The whole process is beautifully explained on Popularmechanics where you can find the plans and instructions for this cool workbench. Doesn’t it look nice? It has a lot of character in spite of its small size.

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The workbench featured on Shanty-2-chic has a basic and straight-forward design and yet that doesn’t stop it from standing out from all the other designs we’ve seen so far. We like its farmhouse-inspired look, the fact that the frame and the top are solid and that the lines are clean and simple. The wheels are a nice touch too. Make sure you plan the measurements accordingly by also taking into consideration the wheels when deciding how tall the workbench should be.

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A workbench doesn’t have to be a big investment. If you’re building it yourself you can save quite a bit of money and if you’re using reclaimed materials the required budget only gets smaller. Consider using scrap wood from previous projects. Even if you’re using new lumber it should still be an affordable project. You can find out all you need to know about this from Instructables.

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This workbench was built out of plywood and PVC pipes. It looks neat, stylish even and you can use it not only as a workbench but also as a storage unit for spaces like the entryway, the laundry room or the office. The open compartments are perfect for keeping storage boxes and baskets inside and can also be used as bookshelf cubbies. Either way, this is a very inspiring project. You can find the tutorial on Instructables.

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Modular designs are very practical so a workbench which fits the description can only be great.  We found some awesome plans for such a project on Ana-white. the idea is really cool. The workbench has a fixed frame and two compact modules on casters which can be taken out and used individually as workstations and storage cubbies. They have shelves and hooks for storing tools and supplies.

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It’s very important for a workbench to have a thick, sturdy and durable top. In fact, the whole frame should fit this description. That often means workbenches are really heavy so if you’re worried about maneuverability you can install casters so you can easily move it around if needed. We suggest using casters which can be blocked in place. In any case, if you like this design, you can find the plans for it on Instructables. You can improve on them as you see fit.

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When planning the design for the workbench, create it based on what you need to use it for most often and what you want to store in it. For example, you might want to include a wood storage area or a compartment for specific power tools. This design on Toolboxdivas is adapted to integrate a table saw. You could use these plans if you think this is the type of workbench that you need.

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Instead of overcomplicating the workbench plans with a bunch of storage drawers and shelves for all the tools and other things, you could keep these organized on a pegboard placed on the wall. That’s actually more practical than having to constantly open and close drawers whenever you need something. As far as this workbench is concerned, everything you need to know about the design and construction process can be found on Dksandbox.

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On Sanddust2stitches you can find few cool and inspiring ideas which you could later add to your own workbench plans. For instance, we like those storage niches that keep the power tools organized. Perhaps this post can inspire you too. Combine the ideas you find here with others gathered from previous tutorials and create your very own original workbench design complete with all the things that you find useful.