Hey there! Join me on Instagram so you won’t miss out on all the project sneak peeks!
I’ve wanted a workbench for a while but setting time aside to build one has been challenging. I’m starting to do more woodworking projects, and using a workbench has become a necessity. My initial plan was to build a 72″ x 36″ workbench, but I quickly dialed back on the size when I saw how big the MDF top was as it was being cut at my local lumber yard.
I ended up building a 68″ x 32″ workbench, although the frame was 66″ x 30″. Having a bigger bench top compared to the frame was intentional because I wanted a 2” edge on two sides of the bench for easy clamping.
Continue below for the cut list and tools I used.
DIY Workbench Supply List
|10 – 2 x 3 x 8” (Framing lumber)||Power drill (including drill bits)|
|2 – 4 x 8 sheets of ¾” thick MDF||Kreg Jig K4 Master system|
|12 – 2.5” flat Philips wood screw||Brad nailer (or a good ole hammer)|
|28 – 2 ¼ pocket hole screws||Miter saw|
|2” Pneumatic nails or finishing nails|
|Top frame||66”||2||2×3 Framing lumber|
|27”||3||2×3 Framing lumber|
|Legs||35 ¼||4||2×3 Framing lumber|
|Leg support||24”||3||2×3 Framing lumber|
|58 ¼||2||2×3 Framing lumber|
|Workbench top||68” x 32”||1||¾ MDF|
|Shelf||63 ¼ x 24”||1||¾ MDF|
Build a simple DIY Workbench in 6 easy steps!
Step 1: Cut 2 x 3s according to the cut list
Step 2: Use a Kreg Jig system to drill pocket holes into all the 2 x 3 cuts, except the legs
Step 3: Build the top frame of the workbench.
Step 4: Attach the legs using wood screws. It’s helpful to use a clamp to hold corners together and pre-drill for this step.
Step 5: Attach leg supports (also serves at the bottom shelf frame)
Step 6: Install MDF top and shelf and secure them with brad nails. The shelves were installed at 9″ from the bottom of each leg.
What about casters?
I initially bought a 4” caster to install on the legs of this workbench, but upon further research, I plan to purchase the Rockler casters instead, since they allow for better stability, in addition to added mobility.
Here is the outcome of the workbench build. What do you think?
- I used 2 ½ pocket holes and 2 ½ pocket hole screws because the joined 2x3s and they were 1.5” thick. Read your Kreg Jig instructions and choose the appropriate settings based on the thickness of your lumber boards
- Have your MDF boards cut at the lumber yard. I had to adjust the width of my MDF top at home using my table saw, and it was a struggle because it is so heavy!
- Feel free to customize your bench!
DIY Workbench Tips and Tricks: