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Workbench Plans That Personify The Beauty of The DIY Spirit

You need workbench plans if you want to create a workstation in your garage. As we enjoy DIY projects, you’ve come to the right place if you’re in need of a few workbench ideas. When choosing a your first workbench, you want to pick the one that’s suited according to your needs. 

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For DIY enthusiasts and any family handyman, the best workbenches provide a safe work environment. Here, we’ll show you the best workbenches and why they’re great.

A workbench is an investment. It will help with your future DIY projects and protect you from injuries. Before you get started on your DIY plans, check out these eight models available on the market today.

DIY Workbench Plans

There are many workbench styles to choose from, but that shouldn’t prevent you from getting one. Here are a few common examples of the modern day workbench.

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Your workbench plans don’t have to be complicated. If your goal, however, is to make something simple and practical, the plans provided on Buildsomething will help. This workbench allows to work with power tools like a table saw, miter saw, and circular saw.

Simple Workbench

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This workbench is like an office desk or table but with a design that’s more rugged, less refined and complicated. This example from Saltbushavenue, provides the ideal surface for small DIY projects. It has a base you can use as a metal under frame.

You can add a file cabinet underneath for more storage or a toolbox.

Basic Workbench

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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, but little hardware. You could also build this bench without power tools. 

DIY Workbench

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Design and build your workbench in accordance with the activities 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 video tutorial on how to build one on Handmadecharlotte. The storage cubbies and the pegboard are great features.

Medium Size Workbench

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We found some garage workbench plans from Instructables, and the instructions are easy to follow. As you can see, the bench is long and offers plenty of counter space and storage underneath. You can add rolling cabinets underneath or use the space to store a chair.

Storage Space Workbench

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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 plenty 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.

Heavy Duty Workbench

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Finding a place for a workbench is challenging.  If this is the case with you, 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.

Large Workbench

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This workbench design was 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 room for customization so feel free to make your workbench exactly the way you want it to be. {found on instructables}.

Small Tools Workbench

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Since a workbench without storage is incomplete, it’s good to decide 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.

Basic Workbench

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It’s useful to move your workbench to a different location that 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.

Garage Workbench Ideas

Most workbenches are installed in garages, which is understandable. Your garage is a workshop and not solely a place where you park your car.

Here are a few garage workbench ideas that will inspire you to add one to your garage space.

Ultimate Workbench

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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}.

Locking Wheels Workbench

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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}.

Easy Workbench

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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 building a workbench. The whole process is beautifully explained on Popularmechanics where you can find the plans and instructions for this cool workbench. 

Classic Design Workbench

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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.

Workbench With Extra Storage

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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.

Mobile Workbench And Storage Ideas

Mobility and storage are two of the most important factors to consider when choosing a workbench that’s right for you. Here are a few options that will help give you a better idea of how a workbench can make your life more convenient and organized.

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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.

Modular Workbench

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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 as workstations and storage cubbies. They have shelves and hooks for storing power tools and supplies.

Workbench On Wheels

If mobility is a concern, it shouldn’t be. Many workbench styles feature wheels, making them easy to move wherever you need them. Check out the following examples of workbenches on wheels.

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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.

Portable Workbench

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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.

Standard Workbench

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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.

Family Handyman Workbench

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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.

8 Great Home Workbenches 

Not everyone has the time or resources to build a workbench. To save you the hassle of finding that perfect workbench for your garage or spare room, we’ve curated a list that will help.  

1. Sjöbergs Nordic Outdoor Garden Workbench With Storage

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A gardening workbench is more than just a workbench. This particular workbench also has a just like-home workshop workbench feel. Overall, the workbench is practical and ideal for small to medium DIY projects, and has a bottom shelf that provides extra storage space.

It has a sturdy and durable top made out of hard Nordic birch wood and includes a double row of dog holes running from both vice locations. Assembly requires just a few hours of your time, and then you’ll be ready to tackle your first family handyman assignment.

Pros:

  • Ideal for small DIY projects.
  • Good for small spaces.
  • Works well for left-handed people.

Cons:

  • Only good for small projects. 
  • Not sturdy enough for mid-size projects.
  • Breaks easily during shipping.

2. Solid Wood Top Workcenter

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If you need a potting shed workbench, start with this model. The Goplus workbench is perfect for the garage and comes with a built-in tool storage board. It’s a pegboard with a bunch of hooks which you can use to hang small tools like hammers, screwdrivers and pliers.

This keeps things handy and easy to take on and off which is more convenient than having to use a drawer every time. You can either use the bench while sitting or standing, depending on your preference. It has a durable iron frame and a sturdy top made of natural bamboo.

Pros:

  •  Versatile and durable.
  • Good for mid-size woodworking projects.
  • Accessory and cabinet add-ons available.

Cons:

  • Assembly is difficult.
  • Overpriced.

3. Olympia Hard Wood Workbench

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The Olympia Tools 84-906 is pretty compact in size, measuring (L) 49.61” x (w) 24.02” x (H) 33.86”. It’s also very convenient and user-friendly and has a bottom shelf for extra storage space.

If you need a kitchen workbench with drawers, give this one a try. It’s made from hard rubber wood with a clear lacquer finish. There’s a storage shelf at the bottom for took kits and large objects and a felt-lined drawer underneath the top for small tools and accessories.

Pros:

  • Durable and long-lasting.
  • Versatile and can handle mid-sized projects.
  • Slide drawers offer added convenience.

Cons:

  • Hard to follow directions.
  • Poor quality.
  • Wobbly, not as sturdy as it should be.

4. FLEXIMOUNTS Universal STEEL Work Bench Leg Kit

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This sturdy workbench features legs with pre-drilled screw holes, hardware fixing covers and plates, high-quality screws, and comes with an easy-to-follow instruction guide. The Fleximounts system offers greater durability, rust-proof quality, and years of dependable load-bearing performance. You can build your DIY workbench to 8 feet long and 4 feet wide. 

Pros:

  • Sturdy.
  • High-quality material.

Cons:

  • Lumber not included.
  • Hard to assemble.
  • Light fixture issues.

5. Mobile Garage Workbench

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If you’re not interested in built-in storage solutions then a simple workbench is for you. This is height-adjustable with 14 different settings. It also has a solid steel frame that’s built to last. The workbench allows you to attach the casters and fix the locking wheels so you can move it wherever you desire.

Pros:

  • Multipurpose.
  • Easily Adjustable.
  • Sturdy for mid-size projects.

Cons:

  • Wheel issues.
  • Assembly instructions are difficult to follow.
  • Overpriced.

6. Adjustable Workbench

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This workbench has fixed legs instead of casters. It also has 15 height settings and a solid steel frame, which gives it an industrial look. The solid bamboo top allows you to use the bench as an office desk.

Pros:

  • Sturdy and durable.
  • Fair price
  • Easy to assemble.

Cons:

  • Screw holes are misaligned. 
  • Fragile.
  • Shipping issues.

7. Seville Classics Workbench

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The Seville Classics workbench has a heavy-duty steel frame and with two stainless steel drawers underneath the top and a pegboard which is great for storing small tools and all sorts of supplies. There’s also a small cantilever shelf at the top of the pegboard with a built-in fluorescent light underneath it. The workbench dimensions are 48”L x 24”W x 65.5”H.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Long-lasting
  • Great for small DIY metal projects.

Cons:

  • Shipping issues.
  • Not sturdy.
  • Legs break during shipping.

8. Olympia Tools Multi-Purpose Workbench With Light

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The last item on our list is Olympia Tools 82-802 multi-purpose workbench. It has a heavy-duty steel construction with a durable enamel finish and comes equipped with a handy pegboard for storage and organization. There’s also a built-in22-1/2” long 13-watt fluorescent cabinet light, as well as a three-outlet, grounded power strip with two sliding drawers.

Pros:

  • Versatile.
  • Peg board helps with organization.
  • Drawers are easily accessible.

Cons:

  • Shipping issues.
  • Light fixture unreliable.
  • Limited use.

How To Choose The Best Workbench

Choosing a workbench is a rather personal decision to make so it has to be based on specific criteria.

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A proper workbench needs to suit its user, not just in size but in style and everything else as well. Here are a few elements to consider when looking to buy a new workbench:

Small Size

As per usual, size is one of the most important aspects of furniture or accessories. For the workbench, bigger is often better. However, having a huge workbench that takes up the entire floor space is not practical.

Open Shelves

The style of your workbench should reflect your needs, and not just projects that you plan on using it for but also the general aesthetic that guides you in life. Looks are important but they’re not everything. The key here is to find a workbench that feels right for you.

Height

Since you’ll be using the workbench for long periods of time while working on various projects, it’s important to feel comfortable. A bench that’s too short will cause you to bend over and feel pain. A bench that’s too tall will feel uncomfortable and won’t allow you to use it as intended. The height of the workbench and the ergonomics are linked.

Fixed vs Adjustable

The issue of a workbench’s height brings us to another dilemma: should you look for a bench with a fixed height or should you get a height-adjustable one? Most workbenches are somewhere between 32’’ and 38’’ high. If your ideal height is outside this range, adjustability would be the way to go.

Similarly, if you’re not the only one who will be using the workbench then it would be nice to be able to adjust the height based on whoever is using it. Moreover, certain tasks require different working conditions and that’s where a workbench with adjustable height can really help.

Mobile Workbench

More often than not there’s no need to move or reposition the workbench. However, if you’re limited on space or if you’re working on various projects that require you to move the bench then a mobile one would be useful.

Keep in mind that a workbench on wheels is not as stable as a stationary one and you might accidentally push it while using various tools. If you want a workbench that will stand still no matter what, a heavy and solid one with a fixed base is the way to go.

Storage Space

To have a workbench that doesn’t include any sort of built-in storage is often a waste. Having shelves or drawers where you can keep various tools or equipment that’s used together with the bench can be very useful and convenient. If you’re not sure what type of storage you’re going to need yet, consider a simple workbench that you can add elements to in the future.

Work Surface

The worktop is pretty much what you’re getting the workbench for in the first place so it needs to be just right. There’s a variety of factors to consider here such as the thickness of the top, the material that it’s made of and any additional features such as dog holes, tool wells and so on.

Accessories

Workbenches are often used together with certain accessories, most often vises. These are useful for holding parts together when assembling various elements. The vices can be used with all sorts of accessories like jaw protectors, for instance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

What Is The Best Wood To Build A Workbench?

Plywood offers medium durability at a reasonable cost. It’s not ideal if you plan on tackling heavy duty projects. With plywood, layer it so the top is a minimum of 3/4 inches thick. When you do this, you’ll find yourself with a surface that’s built to last. The biggest advantage is how plywood is less prone to warping.

How Much Should A Workbench Overhang?

Your workbench top should have an overhang of at least 4 inches at the front and sides. This will help if you need larger, adjustable clamps to hold something while you glue, drill, or sand an object.

What Type Of Plywood Is Best For A Workbench Top?

For most workbenches, the best plywood products are sanded softwood plywood, marine-grade plywood, Appleply, Baltic Birch, MDF, or phenolic board. If you’re on a tight budget, use softwood plywood with either MDF or tempered hardboard for the top layer.

What's The Best Height For A DIY Workbench?

For the family handyman, the ideal height for a DIY workbench is between 36 and 38 inches. This height is ideal for those engaging light DIY projects. For fine work, such as drawing, your elbows should be supported. 

How Common Are Woodworking Injuries?

Responses from 1,000 injured woodworkers in one survey found that just over 60 percent of injuries occurred to amateur DIY woodworkers. Over 40 percent of injuries were caused by working with a table saw, and 37 percent of respondents reported amputation of one or more digits.

Workbench Plans Conclusion

 

If you want to build or buy a workbench, you’ll need a workbench plan that fits your needs. You want something with clear instructions and includes the materials needed to build a heavy duty workbench or a small workstation.

 

If you still need a few more ideas, search social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You’ll easily find at least one video tutorial on how to build the best workbench and storage space for your garage.

 

If you’re new to the DIY world, don’t be afraid of building a workbench. You can find free instructions along with detailed instructions that are easy to follow that will show you how to build a new workbench, and in some cases, within a few hours. 

 

There isn’t a good reason why you shouldn’t have your own DIY workbench. A simple workbench is a great way to develop your DIY skills and will help you become the family handyman that you were destined to be.