This step by step diy woodworking project is about 2×4 8 ft workbench plans. I have designed this basic 8 ft workbench, so you can organize your show and build projects with ease. This workbench features a low shelf. Moreover the frame of the bench is built entirely from 2x4s, so you can find the materials very easily. Take a look over the rest of our woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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2×4 8 ft Workbench Plans
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- A – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 31 1/4″ long, 6 pieces – 18 1/4″ long, 6 pieces – 6″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 6 pieces – 21″ long FRAME
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 93″ long, 4 pieces – 21″ long FRAME
- D – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 24″x96″ long, 1 piece – 24″x86″ long TOPS
- 10 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 2″ nails
- wood glue, stain/paint
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Building a 8 ft workbench from 2x4s
The first step of the project is to build the top frame for the 8 ft workbench. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the 96″ long beams and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the edges are flush and the corners are square.
Next, build the legs for the workbench from 2x4s. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber at the dimensions shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes through the yellow components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs. Add glue to the joints and align the edges flush. Fit a scrap piece of 3 1/2″ lumber between the yellow components, so you make sure the braces will fit properly.
Fit the braces to the legs, as shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes, add glue to the joints and insert 2 1/2″ screws.
Next, attach the 2×4 supports to the base shelf frame. Drill pilot holes through the braces and insert 2 1/2/” screws into the supports. Check if the corners are right-angled with a carpentry square.
Continue the project by cutting the lower shelf. Mark the cut lines on the 3/4″ plywood and then cut the notches with a saw.
Fit the panel to the frame of the workbench and lock them into place with 1 5/8″ screws. Align the edges with attention for a professional result. Insert the screws every 8″ along the framing.
Afterwards, you need to assemble the workbench together by attaching the top frame. Use a carpentry square to make sure the corners are right-angled. Drill pilot holes through the legs and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the top frame.
Cut and fit the 3/4″ plywood sheet to the top of the workbench. Align the edges and lock it into place with nails or screws.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes and sand the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of stain or paint to enhance the look of the workbench.
Add a vise or other features to the workbench, such as a power outlet or hooks to keep the power tools organized.
Top Tip: Apply a few coats of paint or stain to the components, to enhance the look of the project.
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