Table Saw Workbench With Wood Storage

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Intro: 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!

For more details on this project visit Toolbox Divas.

Till Next Time. ~ T.

2 People Made This Project!

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42 Discussions

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chivas314159

1 year ago

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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lclaiborne

2 years ago

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

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tporcherTheCoffeeDude

Reply 2 years ago

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

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gwong10

3 years ago

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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ToolboxDivasgwong10

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

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

3 years ago on Introduction

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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ToolboxDivasLumpy44

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

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

3 years ago on Introduction

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

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marc_macd

3 years ago

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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ToolboxDivasmarc_macd

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

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

3 years ago

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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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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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

3 years ago

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.