How to Build a Workbench
Time Required: 2-4 hours
This simple DIY workbench allows you to build a workspace for all your future projects. This video and guide will walk you through the process of building this workspace that can live in your garage, workshop or tool shed.
Mark the lumber according to the following cut lists:
Cut the 2- x 4-inch x 8-foot common board:
- 4 rails – 45 inches
- 2 rear posts – 58 inches
- 4 end rails – 17 inches
- 1 top rail – 48 inches
- 2 front posts – 36 inches
Cut the 5/8-inch x 4- x 4-foot plywood:
- 2 shelves; 1 top and 1 bottom – 24 x 48 inches
Use a circular saw to cut along all of your markings and set aside the lumber, labeling each piece with your pencil so you can remember its intended purpose.
MEASURE AND MARK SPACING FOR CONNECTORS
- Place the four front and rear posts side-by side.
- Even out the bottom ends of the posts, then measure and mark a line six inches in as a guide for the bottom connectors.
- Mark another line at 34 3/8 inches in from the bottom for the top connectors.
- Place one front and one rear post aside for now.
ATTACH THE CONNECTORS
- On the front post, slide one of the RTC2Z connectors up to the mark you made at six inches.
- Use a clamp to hold the connector in place, then drive in wafer screws to secure.
- Repeat for the rear post.
- Place another connector at the mark you made at 34 3/8 inches on the front post, and repeat this process. Do the same for the rear post.
Tip: Double-check that the alignment of this connector is in the same direction as the one you just installed on the bottom on the post.
CONNECT THE POSTS
Join the front and rear posts together with the end rails and 1 ¼-inch wafer screws to complete one side of the frame.
COMPLETE THE OTHER SIDE AND CONNECT THE FRAMES
- Repeat steps 1-4 to complete the other side of the frame with the remaining front and rear posts.
- When completed, connect the two frames together with the 45-inch rails and attach with 1 ¼-inch wafer screws.
- Stand the bench up.
NOTCH THE SHELVES
- Stack the two shelves you cut from the plywood on top of each other and hold firmly in place with clamps.
- Measure in 3 ½ inches from the back edge and 1 ½ inches in from the sides.
- Use a jig saw to cut out the two notches.
- Unclamp the shelves and place one aside – this is the top shelf.
- Make two more notches on the front edge of the remaining shelf – this is the bottom shelf. The additional notches are so that it can fit around the bench’s legs.
Tip: Use a 2 x 4 piece of lumber as a guide for these notches.
ATTACH THE SHELVES
- Place the bottom shelf (the one with all four corners notched) into the bench.
- Attach with 1 ¼-inch wood screws.
- Place the top shelf (only two corners notched) on top of your workbench and attach with 1 ¼-inch wood screws.
ATTACH THE TOP RAIL
Attach the top rail with 2 ½-inch wood screws.
ATTACH THE PEGBOARD
- Align the pegboard onto the back of the workbench so that all edges are flush.
- Clamp the pegboard into position and attach with 1 ¼-inch wood screws.
ATTACH CASTERS (OPTIONAL)
- If desired, attach casters to the bottom of each of your workbench’s four legs.
- You may want to get a friend to help you set the workbench on its side as you install the casters.
- Double-check that the bench is still level once all casters have been attached.
Tip: Make sure each caster is lockable and rated for the weight you anticipate being on the workbench