Simple Workbench Plans

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With this workbench plan even a beginner can build a workbench strong enough to hold a V-8 engine!


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Use this simple workbench plan to build a sturdy, tough workbench that'll last for decades. It has drawers and shelves for tool storage. It's inexpensive. And even a novice can build it in one day.

Tools Required

  • Chalk line
  • Circular saw
  • Drill bit set
  • Drill/driver - cordless
  • Framing square
  • Hammer
  • One-handed bar clamps
  • Tape measure

Materials Required

  • Wood glue
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Does your current workbench consist of two sawhorses and an old door slab? It’s time for an upgrade! There are hundreds of workbench plans out there, but not many of them call for plywood. Plywood makes a flat, stable work surface, and it doesn’t need to be clamped, glued or planed. And it can easily be replaced if it gets too beaten up after years of abuse.

You get a workbench plan that’s:

    • Simple enough to build on a Saturday
    • Easy enough for a beginner
    • Strong enough to hold a V-8
    • Tough enough to last a lifetime

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Project step-by-step (9)

Step 1

Cut the Plywood Parts Perfectly Straight

  • Cut the shelf top first and use the factory-cut edge as a guide for your other cuts.
    • Pro tip: Measure the distance between the saw blade and the edge of the saw base plate, and align the shelf top that same distance away from your cutting line.

Step 2

Frame the Drawer Compartment

  • Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes through the frame back and into the plywood drawer dividers.
    • Pro tip: If you skip this step, you’re guaranteed to split the plywood.

Cutting List and Diagram

For the names of the parts and their dimensions, see the Cutting List.

The Cutting Diagram shows how to cut one sheet of 3/4-inch plywood. The second 3/4-inch sheet is much simpler: just cut lengthwise to yield parts C and D. Cut the drawer bottoms (J and K) from a 4 x 4-foot. sheet of 1/4-inch plywood.