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How to Build a Workbench: Super Simple $50 Bench

This workbench is simple enough and cheap enough that you can make it in a morning, and yet it's big enough for serious woodworking and hobby projects. Add pegboard, a bench vise and a few other accessories and you'll have a serious work center.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Buy the wood and start cutting

This sturdy 30-in. x 6-ft.-long workbench is the ultimate in simplicity. It’s made from only fifteen 8-ft.-long 2x4s and one sheet of 1/2-in. plywood. Follow the cutting diagrams to cut the parts: Figure B to cut the plywood tops, then Figure C to cut all the framing. Use the lengths provided in the Cutting List (see Additional Information below). You can either screw the framing together with 3-in. screws or hand- or power-nail it together with 3-in. nails. Screw the plywood down with 1-5/8-in. screws.

To make these project plans even easier to follow, we tinted the parts that get added at each step.

Figure A: Main Workbench Parts

Figure A: Main Workbench Parts

Figure B: Plywood Cutting Diagram

Figure B: Plywood Cutting Diagram

Figure C: 2 x 4 Usage Diagram

Figure C: 2 x 4 Usage Diagram

Construction and Cutting Details

All the dimensions and pieces are shown in Figures A, B and C, and keyed to the Cutting List in Additional Information (below). All together you'll need fifteen 2 x 4 x 8s and one sheet of 1/2-in. plywood.

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