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Simple Workbench Plans

Simple workbench plans – Plans include a free PDF download, 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).

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  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?

  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?

    • The cross pieces are 1 foot 9 inches, or 21 inches. The combined measurement of the two 2×4’s on the outside is 3 inches which give you a total width of 24 inches.

  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!

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