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2×4 Simple Workbench Plans

by Ovidiu


This step by step diy woodworking project is about 2×4 simple workbench plans. I have designed this super simple woodworking bench so you can build one with just 2x4s and 3/4″ plywood. This workbench is sturdy and you can easily adjust its size to suit your needs. Take a look over the rest of our woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration. Premium Plans available for this project in the Shop.

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 Simple Workbench Plans




Cut & Shopping Lists

  • A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 31 1/4″ long, 4 pieces – 18 1/4″ long, 4 pieces – 6″ long LEGS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 60″ long, 4 pieces – 21″ long FRAME
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long, 3 pieces – 21″ long FRAME
  • D – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 24″x41″ long, 1 piece – 24″x60″ long TOPS
  • E – 1 piece of pegboard – 21 3/4″x24″ long PEGBOARD


 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses


 One day




It’s that simple to build a 2×4 workbench!



Building a workbench from 2x4s



The first step of the project is to build the top frame for the workbench. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the 60″ 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.

Building the sides

Building the sides

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.

Fitting the bottom supports

Fitting the bottom supports

Next, attach the supports to the base shelf frame. Drill pilot holes through the braces and insert 2 1/2/” screws into the supports.



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 frames.

Fitting the shelf

Fitting the shelf

Cut the bottom shelf and the tabletop from 3/4″ plywood. Fit the panels to the frame of the workbench and lock them into place with 2″ brad nails or screws. Align the edges with attention for a professional result.

Fitting the benchtop

Fitting the benchtop

Fit the tabletop into place.

Fitting the side pegboard

Fitting the side pegboard

Fit the pegboard to one side of the workbench. The begboard will help you attach tools and other items to the workbench, so you have everything together when building one project.

DIY 2x4 Workbench

DIY 2×4 Workbench

Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches.

2x4 Simple Workbench Plans

2×4 Simple Workbench Plans

Fill the holes with wood putty and let them dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 100-220 grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.

Top Tip: Apply a few coats of paint or stain to the components, to enhance the look of the project. Premium Plans available for this project in the Shop.



This woodworking project was about portable workbench plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result. 1/4




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1 comment

Xer -

It would be helpful to tell me exactly what cuts to make in the specific lengths of wood. I’m trying to figure out what to cut each 2×4 so that I don’t end up with too little wood for the rest!!


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