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Simple Workbench Plans

Simple workbench plans – Plans include a free PDF download (link at bottom of blog post), shopping list, cutting list, drawings, and step-by-step instructions.

Simple Workbench Plans – Overview

Simple Workbench Plans – Material List

Shopping List

Shopping List

  • 2 – 4×4 – 8′
  • 5 – 2×4 – 8′
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood – 2’x8′ sheet
  • 4 – locking casters
  • 2″ deck screws
  • 3″ deck screws

Cutting List

Cutting List

  • A – 4 – 4×4 – 2′ 7 1/4″
  • B – 2 – 2×4 – 5′
  • C – 2 – 2×4 – 4′ 5″
  • D – 8 – 2×4 – 1′ 9″
  • E – 1 – 3/4″ plywood – 2’x5′
  • F – 1 – 3/4″ plywood – 2’x3′ 10″
Simple workbench plans - exploded view - material list.
Simple workbench plans - step 1

Cut four 4×4’s to 2′ 7 1/4″ long (A). Notch the 4×4’s (A) as shown on illustration above.

Simple workbench plans - step 2

Cut two 2×4’s to 5′ long (B). Cut two 2×4’s to 4′ 5″ long (C). Assemble as shown on illustration above, pre-drill holes and screw 3″ deck screws through (B), (C), and into (A).

Simple workbench plans - step 3

Cut eight 2×4’s to 1′ 9″ long (D). Pre-drill holes and screw 3″ deck screws through (B), (C), and into (D).

Simple workbench plans - step 4

Cut a 3/4″ plywood to 2’x5′ (E). Cut a 3/4″ plywood to 2’x3′ 10″ (F). Pre-drill holes and attach the plywood to the workbench using 2″ deck screws.

Simple workbench plans - step 5

Attach locking casters to workbench legs (A).


  1. Love all of these

  2. Can you tell me what the load capacity is for the simple workbench plans? I am building this to hold a commercial printer that weighs 336 lbs. It will be positioned evenly.

    I do plan to use carriage bolts to bolt B and C to A.


  3. How do you cut the notch that is 3 1/2” from the end of the 2 x4?

    • I used the table saw to that and it worked out perfectly

    • You can also use a circular saw and make cuts about 1/8 to 1/4 in along the notch set to a depth of 1.5”. After all the cuts, knock them out and clean up with a chisel.

    • Take all 4 legs and clamp them with the floor ends perfectly even. Use a circular saw to mate the two cuts at the end of the dado and then hog out the rest. Finish with a wood chisel and then unclamp and continue the project.

  4. what size locking casters do you recommend for the simple workbench?

  5. If the width of the plywood top is 2′ and if the width of B is 2″, shouldn’t the length of D be 1’8″ instead of 1’9″? I mean, we have (width of B + length of D + width of B) = width of plywood.
    What am I missing?

  6. I just built this workbench. Easy to follow plans. Had to make a couple modifications though… I made my 4×4’s by screwing 2 2×4’s together and I left a 3″ overhang on the table top all the way around. I find it easier to clamp workpieces with a bit of a lip. Thanks for the plans

  7. Christine Magee

    I built this over a year ago. I added a receptacle on mine.
    I love it so much I am modifying the plans to make it a 7′ tech workbench.

  8. I built two tables and can hook them together if I need a wider table. The tables were built to used as run-off tables for my table saw. I also faced the plywood with hardboard sheeting – no slivers!

  9. Dont build the table too large for the doorway

  10. Hi there! I don’t have any idea what kind of wood am gonna buy at home depot. They have red pine ground contact pressure-treated timber, ground contact pressure-treated SYP timber or pressure-treated timber? Thank you!🙂

  11. Made a slight change to the legs so I wouldn’t have to notch the 4×4 posts and still have the lower shelf. I liked the whole project. Thanks

  12. With this bench, what Size Casters are Used/Recommended Thank you in advance!

  13. Ok, built this over the weekend. Is solid and mobile. Used some 3″ locking casters rated at 350 lbs. each, makes this bench a beast. Adding an end vise and narrowed the top to 21 and took out 3 inches from the frame width. Adding a 12 inch extension to the top width by making a fold down piece. I will add a set of drawers on one side of the base. The top is made out of pallet wood, ripped 2 1/2 inches wide, face glued and used 28 for the main top and an additional and 16 pieces for the fold down top. Thanks for the basic idea

  14. Nice ideas to build!

  15. Just finished building the workbench.
    Great plans, well illustrated.

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