This step by step woodworking project is about wooden simple workbench made from 2x4s plans. I have designed this super simple workbench so you can build one using just 2x4s and 3/4″ plywood. You can make a few adjustments to my plans so the workbench suits your needs. If you like the easy to follow design, this project shouldn’t take more than one weekend to make. See my other DIY projects HERE.
We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Made from this plan
Basic 2×4 Workbench – Video
Simple Workbench made from 2x4s Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 31 1/4″ long, 4 pieces – 18 1/4″ long, 4 pieces – 6″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 60″ long, 4 pieces – 21″ long TABLETOP FRAME
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long, 3 pieces – 31″ long SHELF FRAME
- D – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 24″x41″ long SHELF
- E – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 24″x60″ long TOP
- 7 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- rapid acting vise
- workbench accessories
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 3 1/2″ screws
- wood filler , wood glue,
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- One Weekend
How to build a simple workbench made from 2x4s
The first step of the project is to build the top frame for the workbench. Cut the components from 2x4s at the dimensions shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the 60″ long pieces and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square.
Continue the project by assembling the legs. Use glue and 2 1/2″ screws/nails to secure the trims to the main legs. Fit a scrap piece of 2×4 lumber between the trims so you make sure the future braces will have enough room to be attached in the gap.
Next, attach the legs to the top frame. Make sure the legs are plumb and check if the corners are square. Drill pilot holes through the frame and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs. Assemble the workbench on a level surface.
Attach the 2×4 braces to the bottom of the workbench. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
Fit the supports to the base of the workbench, as shown in the plans. Align the edges and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the supports into place.
Cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood at 24″x60″ and then attach it to the top of the workbench. Use 2″ nails and glue to secure it to the top frame. Align the edges flush and use a router to remove the excess, if necessary.
Repeat the process for the bottom shelf.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain to enhance the look of the workbench and to protect the components from decay. Add hooks and other accessories to the workbench to make the most of it.
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