DIY Workbenches: 5 You Can Build in a Weekend

A basic, customizable bench requires merely a saw and a drill. Click to see five DIY workbench plans you can build in a single weekend.

The workbench is any DIY project’s hub, where supplies are kept and progress gets made. Sure, you can buy a workbench—but unless you’re upgrading to a professional European-style model, I recommend building your own. Unsure of how to build a workbench? Lucky for you, a basic, customizable bench requires only two tools: a saw and a drill. Scroll down to see five DIY workbench plans to find a project you can build in a weekend.



Workbench Plans - DIY Workbench from the Experimental Aircraft Association

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Designed for building small aircraft, this work table is built from easy-to-find materials and features simple yet rigid construction. Though it’s able to withstand a banging, the table is still lightweight and compact enough to be portable. I use a similarly designed DIY workbench in every single one of my projects and I love it.



Workbench Plans - DIY Workbench from Family Handyman

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These workbench plans from The Family Handyman amount to a work surface perfectly suited to those who build out in a garage or basement (any space that is shared with other family activities). The setup includes a stable surface for hobby or repair projects, a built-in pegboard for storage, a shop light, plus a recessed shelf that allows for seating.



Workbench Plans - DIY Workbench from Woodsmith Magazine

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If you are looking for a mobile or small-space solution—or you want a secondary work surface to complement an existing bench—consider this idea from Woodsmith: a rolling tool cabinet outfitted with a solid top. A small vise and a power strip are included here, along with magnetic and pegboard tool storage, not to mention the storage provided by the cabinet drawers.



Workbench Plans - DIY Workbench from Woodgears

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Planning on doing some serious work with hand tools? A solid-core door makes an excellent top for a DIY workbench, as in the workbench plans from Woodgears. The base is made of affordable dimensional lumber, with joints that are both glued and bolted, meaning this bench is not only a thrifty option, but a sturdy one, indeed.



Workbench Plans - DIY Workbench from Fine Woodworking

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My next bench will be inspired by these workbench plans from Fine Woodworking. Though intended for sophisticated woodworking, this DIY workbench won’t cost a lot to assemble. The top uses two sheets of laminated MDF, and the plan incorporates handy features like bench dog holes and a woodworking vise.