Introduction: Garage Workbench

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I scaled down my grandfathers plans for a workbench, the first ones he made lasted 50+ years and counting. Mine is a single section 2'x8' workbench for a 1 car garage. Designed to fit a rolling tool chest underneath one side, and to fit crates on the shelves on the other side. 2' deep workbench is plenty for many projects. If i have time I will clean up my drafts and sketches into proper blueprints.

Step 1: Cut List and Dimensions

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The work surface is 2'x8'

  • covered by 2'x8' OSB or plywood (two layers)
  • 2x 2'x4' hardboard for a smooth work surface (a 4'x8' could be cut lengthwise)

The frame is 2"x4" so 1.5" by 3" dimension lumber

  • 3x 8" long sections (2x top, 1x back)
  • 6x 21" inner cross pieces
  • 6x 37" legs
  • 1x 46.5" front face


  • 2.5" decking screws
  • 1" screws for top
  • .5" brads to nail down hardboard

Step 2: Legs and Rear Crossbar

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Adding the legs, tacked on with one screw each until everything is square. the rear cross bar is set at 14" from the bottom. this allows for milk crates to be stored underneath. To make it easier, I rotated it on the side and then finished each joint.

Step 3: Set Up

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Put the bench upright and test to see if it is level. Middle legs after adjustments (if needed) and the shelf will be added last

Step 4: Table Top

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Adding the top, the two layers of OSB are screwed down every 12" and alternated for the layers. The hardboard is tacked onto.

Step 5: Almost Done

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Top is complete, the shelf is about to be added. Only a single layer of plywood as it should not take the abuse of the workbench top.


jashul70 made it! (author)2017-07-31

Had to tweak the size a bit but used the plans, good solid bench. Good plans cheers

ckell87 made it! (author)2016-10-12

Thanks for the instructions!

Yonatan24 (author)2016-02-24

Hi, I've added your project to the "Make Your Own Workbench!" Collection

This is the link If you are interested:

LuisiJ (author)Yonatan242016-02-27

thanks for the add, its a good collection

Yonatan24 (author)2016-02-24

Hi, I've added your project to the "Make Your Own Workbench!" Collection

This is the link If you are interested:

J to the T made it! (author)2015-11-15

I ended up getting everything together exactly the same except the shelf outer support I accidentally put in the inside of the legs. Still works fine though. One thing that would have helped me would be to include the number of 8' 2x4s. I could have gotten at least one less than I did, but no problems. I'll just use it for something else. Very cool design!

What I came up with and the breakdown:

3x 8" long sections (2x top, 1x back)
6x 21" inner cross pieces
6x 37" legs
1x 46.5" front face

What is in parenthesis is what is left over,
21 21 37 (12)
21 21 37 (17)
37 37 21 (1)
37 37 21 (1)
46.5 (1.5) from a 4ft


Measure twice, cut once.

LuisiJ (author)J to the T2015-11-15

Good build anyway. is it a new computer repair bench?

J to the T (author)LuisiJ2015-11-15

I used it today to reupholster some dining room chairs and I will be using it to work on some computers! I used MDF for the top, I hope it lasts.

mrichardson32 made it! (author)2015-10-10

I made one for my lathe, some slight adjustments but your plans where the base.

Thank you.

LuisiJ (author)mrichardson322015-11-15

cool did you enclose the back of it?

TNCupRanch (author)2015-04-14

Hum... I think you've given me the confidence to try this on my own... Thank you

WoodieWannabe (author)TNCupRanch2015-09-30

Incidentally, it took little more than half a day to make!

WoodieWannabe (author)TNCupRanch2015-09-30

Do it! It's much easier than you think! I've just made one, prior to reading this instructable, but mine is virtually identical, except that my shelf runs all the way through, and my bench is a bit shorter, because the space in my garage workshop is a bit limited. For the top, I used two sheets of 22mm laminated South African Pine plywood (I'm in South Africa), glued and screwed together. Not quite as thick as I would maybe like the top to be - there's still a tiny bit of bounce when bashing things with a hammer - but it's doing the trick so far. Great instructable - very clear and efficient!

LuisiJ (author)TNCupRanch2015-04-14

DO IT! it is easier than you think, just plan ahead. A helper could make it go faster

sawfishsam (author)2015-08-02

I made one for our garage using your plans today dude. Thanks!

LuisiJ (author)sawfishsam2015-08-02

looks good!

zsmith14 (author)2015-07-08

quick question: did you mean 3 x 8'?

Crazyneighbor made it! (author)2015-05-15

Made mine a little taller and a little longer. Cool design.

LuisiJ (author)Crazyneighbor2015-05-17

very nice. wish I had the space for a longer bench

td'amico made it! (author)2015-05-11

awesome plans perfect size for my garage!

tjdux (author)2015-04-16

great looking bench. have you heard of hockey puck leveling feet? the technique is to insert a coupler nut into the table legs then run a carriage bolt into the coupler nut and the put the rounded head of the carriage bolt in a small hole drilled cut 1^4 depth into the hockey puck.

it will keep the table from wobbling on uneven concrete and keep the wood legs from getting wet.

ptabakaru1 (author)tjdux2015-04-28


could you do an instructable on the hockey puck leveling feet? sounds interesting

tjdux (author)ptabakaru12015-05-02

its currently in the works. I will let you know when its finished

LuisiJ (author)tjdux2015-04-17

the heat down here might dry rot them, colder temps would probably be a great solution

tjdux (author)LuisiJ2015-04-19

Most rubber rot is from UV rays in hot temperature. Moisture freezing in cracks in cold climates is harmful as well. The salt air may not be great either but none of that stuff should be too serious indoors even in a garage. a good puck is dense thick rubber and built to take being beat with a stick. Too boot that beating is ment to be in the cold when rubber is most brittle.

swatson8 (author)2015-04-17

what I love about instructables is I look at what you did and adapt it to my needs. the way you built the durable top is the one thing I couldn't figure out. thanks a lot.

LuisiJ (author)swatson82015-04-17

if you need any other info on the top just ask. any pics of your bench?

swatson8 (author)LuisiJ2015-04-17

Just planning ahead. I need to talk my wife into buying a new house first. Had a killer garage in MI but had to give it up when we came down to FL. Plan on using things you did here to modify/rebuild the second hand desk I got. I will post on that when I'm getting finished.

MarloB (author)2015-04-15

I build one similar to this with my dad when I was a teenager. A few years back we built one together for my garage when he was in town for Christmas. The one recommendation I would make to anyone making a work bench...find a solid core door for the bench top. Search craiglist....its super heavy and perfect to mount a vice or bang on or whatever.

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