Introduction: Table Saw Workbench With Wood Storage

I recently got into woodworking. I am developing my skills and found a used portable table saw on Craigslist. I needed a place to store my table saw along with the reclaimed wood I was purchasing. I searched online for various plans and could not find exactly what I needed. I needed something mobile, compact and simple to build. SO I made a few sketches on a notepad. This is the first time I've taken on a challenge in woodworking where I'm building something from scratch, developing my own plans. I made a few mistakes. But I learned a lot. Most importantly, I learned it's ok to make mistakes. It's how you learn.

And yes my workbench is purple. I am a Diva after all!

Total Cost: $70 - $80

OK, Let's Get Dirty!

Step 1: ​Materials (costs Vary):

  • 2" X 4" X 96" – 8 boards without Optional Section 11 boards with Optional Wide Storage Section. Cost $2.76/each at Home Depot4’X4’ Pegboard. Cost $8.27 at Lowes
  • 2 – 50 piece boxes of 2 ½” pocket screws $4.97/each
  • 1 sheet OSB $8.25
  • Finishing Nails
  • Castor Wheels - Kobalt 4-Pack 3-in Rubber Locking Swivel Casters; $19.99 at Lowes

Step 2: ​Cuts:

Basic Workbench:

  • 10 – 21 5/16”
  • 1 – 21 ¾”
  • 3 – 23”
  • 2 – 24”
  • 4 – 26 9/16”
  • 5 – 32 ½”
  • 2 – 53”
    • Optional Wide Storage Section:
      • 4 – 8"
      • 2 – 32 ½"2 – 53"

Step 3: Dimensions:

Step 4: Instructions:

For this project I used pocket screws as my fastener of choice. While screws are a little more expensive than nails, screws, it made error correction a lot easier. Lets say I cut a piece incorrectly, I simply unscrewed the piece and replaced it with the appropriate piece. The length of the screw is determined by the thickness of the wood. In this case, I used 2x4's, which in actuality is 1.5" in thickness. So according to the Kreg Jig table the appropriate screw length for this project is 2½ inches.

I'm using the Kreg Jig Jr to drill the pocket screw holes.

All of the cuts are clean straight 90 degree cuts using a Miter saw.

Step 5: Section 1:

Start with the two ends of the form of the workbench.

If this were furniture, none of the screws would be exposed. However, This is for my garage so I made my life easier by not under-mounting the screws if the angle position for my arm was uncomfortable.

Step 6: Ensure Shelves Are Level

Ensure the two sides are level. It's ok to write on the wood and make notes. Instead of using a carpenter's pencil, I use art pencils like this red watercolor pencil

Step 7: Section 2: Constructing the Base

Attach the bottom 2x4s flat side down to the two end pieces. This will provide stability.

Step 8: Section 3:

Attach the center support pieces as displayed in the pictures.

Step 9: Section 4:

Ensure the pieces are level.

I double checked that the pieces were level by placing boards that were 3/4" in thickness under the table saw.

Step 10: Section 5: Table Saw Support Beams

Create a supportive base to hold the saw. Instead of a single board in the middle of the for the table saw I placed two beams at either side of the shelf so that I could place a dust bag under the table saw. The placement of this dust bag is really by trial and error. I think I will have to adjust the placement of the bag to ensure it captures as much sawdust as possible.

Step 11: Section 6: Securing the Shelves

Secure the top shelving by adding the additional side support beams.

Step 12: Optional Wide Storage Section:

Attach the pieces for the additional wide storage.

Step 13: Cutting the Sheathing for the Shelves.

Once the structure and its pieces are all secure and level, cut the OSB board for the shelves and secure with finishing nails.

Step 14: Section 7: Attach the Locking Castor Wheels to the Bottom the The Workbench.

Step 15: ALMOST Done....

Attach the table saw dust bag. I found this bag at Harbor Freight for $5.99.

Step 16: PedBoard Backing

Add additional storage by adding a pegboard to the back of the workbench. Attach the pegboard using a brad nailer/staple gun or you can use a hammer and nails. One 4'x4' pegboard will work. Simply cut the pegboard down to 34" (creating a 48"x34" piece).

The larger piece can be attached as cut. The remaining small piece should be cut down to 12"x34."

Step 17: Now for Some Your Done!

Step 18: Prime and Paint

As for me...I need some color! I used the paint left over from an older project. Prime first.

Step 19: Now I'm DONE!

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Till Next Time. ~ T.

Comments

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chivas314159 made it! (author)2017-01-14

Great article. I am actually building something similar, but with extra supports on both sides (and trying to figure out an easy way to add supports at the front and back) for long pieces of timber. Your article is great inspiration for this.

I especially like the idea of a bag at the bottom (would never have thought of that), but would like to add to try to not forget to connect some sort of dust extractor to your table saw.

Some big pieces will still fall through (and the bag is great for that), but it's the minuscule pieces that should worry woodworkers, especially (but not only) if working with hardwood or engineered wood.

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Generalms02. made it! (author)2016-10-20

Hello! I'm working on building the workbench right now. Thanks so much for putting instructions on here!

I'm having one issue with the 21 5/16" piece that goes in the center of the base.... it doesn't seem to fit... Am I doing something wrong?

I have the 24" pieces on the sides of the base and the 53" pieces flat for the base too.... Are they supposed to be flipped onto the narrow end and attached to the base?

I can't wait to finish this workbench! :-)

Thanks again!

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2016-10-20

Hey I'm so exciting your building the workbench! Thank you for bring that to my attention. This was my very first build from scratch. The bottom middle beam should actually be 17". Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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Generalms02. made it! (author)Generalms02.2016-10-20

Thanks! I thought that was the case, but wasn't completely sure.

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Yonatan24 made it! (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:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Your-Own-Work...

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lclaiborne made it! (author)2016-01-03

SWEET! This is fantastic! I'm building one. You're brilliant, this solves so many problems.

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TheCoffeeDude made it! (author)2015-12-24

This is totally going to be my first project of 2016

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tporcher made it! (author)tporcher2015-12-25

Awesome! Good luck and please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

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gwong10 made it! (author)2015-07-14

thank you so much! with your details step by step photo I finally have the confident to build it my own :) tq you so much for sharing !

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2015-07-14

Thank you! You are so very welcomed! I can't wait to see what you do. Someone once told me it's not a mistake unless you do it 2 times ;) So be confident and go for it!

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Lumpy44 made it! (author)2015-06-08

Awesome Instructable!

How sturdy is it on the casters? Thinking of building a stand instead of the flimsy legs it came on!

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2015-06-09

Thank you! The casters are sturdy. Just remember the heavier the load the larger the casters. I'm currently building a large timber cart and I have to use 4in casters so Its easier to push.

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Bjervis made it! (author)2015-02-09

Great design, How did you end up attaching the Table Saw. I used some 1/2 inch Carriage bolts

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2015-02-11

Thank you! I actually use bolts. But I'm not sure what type they are.

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SpeedysWoodshop made it! (author)2015-01-19

Awesome design

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2015-01-22

Thank you!

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marc_macd made it! (author)2015-01-07

As all the others above, well done, excellent work. I see the grey drop saw table in the background, do you have any info on it or its plans. It's just what I need.
Cheers from Marc in Dubai.

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2015-01-08

Thank you Marc! Here is the link for the Instructables on the Miter saw workbench

https://www.instructables.com/id/Miter-Saw-Cart/

Shopping List:

1 – sheet 3/4" plywood cut in half lengthwise into 24” x 96” strips.

1 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long

1 – 1x3 @ 12 feet long – or 2 8 footers

4 – plate mount caster wheels with locking brakes

2 – shelf hinge supports http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2001690/3177/12-shelf-width.aspx


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Grunambulax made it! (author)2015-01-08

you might want to add one Caster dead center on the bottom to help support the weight of the shelf I'd worry otherwise that it will begin to Sag .

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2015-01-08

Thank you! I might just try that this weekend!

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darryl.s.white made it! (author)2015-01-06

Love this design. I will be building one. I would suggest to anyone making this to either add a piece of formica to the top or if you can find it, umhw. This will make the wood slide easily on the top. Thanks again.

Scott

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2015-01-06

Thank you! be sure to post a picture once you've completed it. The current top is a temporary. I am changing it to a solid piece of wood where I can run the groove for a push stick to enable the cut of longer pieces. When I do that I will update the post.

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lupuseven made it! (author)2015-01-05

Great work! i mainly wanted to commend you on the way you put this instructable together the measurements directly on the boards in your pics, well written, walked away with no unanswered questions On short it rocks!. I know that it will help a lot of folks.

This instructable should also be used as an instructable for writting instuctables.

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2015-01-06

Thank you So Much!

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cptully made it! (author)2015-01-04

Nice comments about checking for level on various items, but unless I missed it in my skimming you neglected to mention checking that the floor is level first. My general approach is to ASSUME that my floor is not level. Then I amke sure that all joints are perfectly square and use some method of adjust the height of each foot/wheel to level the finished project. Doing this is more complicated but in my opinion gives more satisfactory results in the long run.

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2015-01-04

Thank you, i just refinished my floors in my garage where I have my workshop. So it's pretty level.

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tjdux made it! (author)2015-01-02

Great ible. I really like how you put the cut lengths of each peice of lumber right on the picture. Did you use any wood glue to help beef up the joints? Also check out caster wheel prices next time yoi're at harbor freight. They go on sale there cheap all the time and the 20% off coupons are killer.

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2015-01-03

Thank you! No I didn't use glue in this project, largely because I wanted the flexibility of being able to correct errors. I didn't see any castor wheels when I went to Harbor Freight. Thank you for the tip. I will definitely look for castor wheels there next time because castor wheels can get expensive.

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tjdux made it! (author)tjdux2015-01-04

They tend to hide them in the back at my nearest store. Yeah definitely seem over priced but when you need them, you need them. Also another tip for designing, I always try, (sometimes its just not possible) to keep all the vertical weight on the wood itself instead of the screws. For example the part of your table that holds the table saw itself, if you placed the 2x4's on the top of the horizontal board running the wide length of the table they would be stronger than having the wood screws hold the weight up. Granted most screws will do the job and its not that much overall weight but just a thought for the next design. Hopefully that makes some sense, I may have to draw a picture lol. PS, my girlfriend now thinks all my work tables need to be purple.

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2015-01-04

thank you! I was actually going back and forth about whether or not to run the board in the flat position or not. BTW Ur Girlfriend rocks! Purple is an awesome color :)

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tjdux made it! (author)tjdux2015-01-04

This is somewhat what i was trying to explain. Food for thought.

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2015-01-04

thank you! I was actually going back and forth about whether or not to run the board in the flat position or not. BTW Ur Girlfriend rocks! Purple is an awesome color :)

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raz-0 made it! (author)2015-01-03

Nice design. I might have to borrow from it to see if I can turn my POS portable table saw into something useful.

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2015-01-04

Thank you! Borrow away

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verbatin01 made it! (author)2015-01-03

nice work and really smart to include the pegboard on one side!

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2015-01-03

Thank you!

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verbatin01 made it! (author)verbatin012015-01-03

yep, this inspired me to organize the tool area in my garage tonight. I have a HUGE table with casters that I aim to do something similar with. thanks for the motivation!

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J Corney made it! (author)2015-01-02

Really Terrific, I made something similar, but never considered adding the extra storage. Looking forward to stealing more great idea's from you in the future. Cheers!

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2015-01-02

Thank you J! Feel free to take what you like :) I'm going to snoop around your page now Haha! Happy New Year!

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cdstudioNH made it! (author)2015-01-01

I love this... it's wonderful!!

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2015-01-02

Thank you! Happy New Year!

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makerandco made it! (author)2015-01-01

Great design - there are a lot of these on the web but none with your addition of timber storage. Elegantly thought through and looks nicely built too

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2015-01-02

Thank you! This was my 1st time building something I drew on a piece of paper. My goal is to improve my planning skills and the ability to create plans. So any feedback is greatly appreciated. I appreciate you liking the design. Happy New Year!

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tomatoskins made it! (author)2015-01-01

I'm not personally into the purple, but your design is solid! I'm super excited to see more things from you in the future!

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ToolboxDivas made it! (author)ToolboxDivas2015-01-02

Thank you so much! I understand purple is not for everyone haha. But I do appreciate your comments. Happy New Year!

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