This simple workbench plan offers plenty of shelving for storage, both above and below eye level. The back incorporates pegboard for handy tool display. Vertical shelf supports make room for hanging oversize essentials like levels and pipe clamps, ensuring ample functionality in a small space.
- Tools & Workshop >
- Get to Work! 13 DIY Workbenches, Craft Counters, and Potting Tables
Get to Work! 13 DIY Workbenches, Craft Counters, and Potting Tables
Room for Tools
Filing Cabinet Craft Counter
This DIY craft table is actually comprised of five different ﬁling cabinets, all sprayed a uniform perky blue and mounted to a piece of plywood on casters. The top is another piece of plywood, stained in gorgeous walnut and trimmed out for a ﬁnished look. The assembly offers plenty of real estate for both crafting and storage. We love this repurposed solution!
Workbench Turned Potting Bench
Work spaces can often be interchangeable. What was once a workbench in the shop operates just as well outside as a potting bench. The lower shelf provides an ideal storage space for ﬁrewood, while the worktop holds a wide selection of gardening accoutrements.
Related: Bob Vila Radio – Potting Benches
Ready to Roll
Add casters to the legs of a workbench to create a mobile workstation. With its generous work surface and lower shelf, this sturdy, basic model would be excellent in the shop, craft room, garden—maybe even the kitchen. While the table doesn’t need a wood finish to do its job, it certainly wouldn't hurt to add a rich, amber stain to complete the project.
Related: Workbench Types
Instead of building a DIY craft table from scratch, remember that you can always repurpose a large piece of furniture, such as a dresser. This model boasts a lot of storage space, and an oversize sheet of plywood enlarges the surface area of the worktop.
Bookcases and Boards
This DIY craft table isn’t anything more extraordinary than a sheet of plywood mounted on top of two bookcases. Baskets in the cubbies provide storage for crafting materials, and the top creates an extra-large surface for projects-to-be.
Pallet Garden Bench
Recycled pallets make up both the top and bottom shelf of this modest potting bench. Four 2x4s cut to the same length are screwed into the sides for legs. The interiors of the pallets make handy shelves, keeping small tools and supplies sheltered and stored away.
Pipe and Flange
If you have extra-heavy tools to support on your worktable, a pipe and ﬂange base might be a good option to consider. The main top of this work space is made with 2x10 boards. You can customize the height with different pipe lengths, and even incorporate shorter sections to create shelves and secondary work surfaces.
Minimalist Craft Station
This super simple DIY craft table was designed with kids in mind. That said, it could be easily scaled up for an adult. All you need is an adjustable sawhorse, some pegboard, and a piece of MDF for the work surface. Oh—and a wall on which to mount it all. But you can have this up and functional in an hour or less.
Keep it simple with a countertop mounted to standard metal legs. This one is mounted at the perfect height to accommodate a tool chest, mini fridge, and two cushy work stools underneath. Although it’s more shallow than some workbenches, it has plenty of room to mount a vise and plug in power tools.
Related: Quick Tip – Workbench Construction
Something for the Kids
It's easy to create a worktable for young DIYers in training. This design upgrades an old TV cart by adding an extended top and pegboard, giving the kids plenty of space to work alongside Mom or Dad. It’s never too early to instill a love of handcrafting!
Related: 5 Kid-Friendly DIY Home Projects
Repurposed Kitchen Cabinets