This step by step diy woodworking project is about simple 5 ft workbench plans. I have designed this super simple workbench so you can build one for weekend projects and to keep the costs down. You cannot get simpler than this and you can get the job done in one afternoon, with a saw and a screwdriver. 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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5 ft Simple Workbench Plans
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- A – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 29 3/4″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 60″ long, 2 pieces – 45″ long FRAME
- C – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 19″ long FRAME
- D – 4 piece of 5/8″x5 1/2″ – 60″ long, 4 pieces – 48″ long TOPS
- E – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 22″ long TRIMS
- 5 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 4 piece of 5/8″x5 1/2″ – 10′
- 1 piece of 1×3 lumber – 4′
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 2″ nails
- 1 5/8″ screws
- wood glue, stain/paint
- caster wheels
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Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
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Simple 5 ft Workbench – VIDEO!
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The first step of the project is to build sides for the workbench. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them together tightly. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square.
Alternatively, you can use pocket holes to lock the components together tightly.
After building the two sides for the workbench, you need to lock them together by attaching the supports.
Use 5/8″x5 1/2″ boards for the bottom shelf. Make notches to the boards, so you can fit them around the legs. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to secure the slats into place tightly.
Attach the 5/8″x5 1/2″ boards to the top of the workbench. Leave no gaps between the slats and smooth the edges with sandpaper. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the slats to the frame of the workbench.
Fit the 1×3 trims to the sides of the workbench. Align the edges flush and insert 2″ nails to lock them into place tightly.
Use 2×2 lumber for the back diagonal brace. Make 24 degree angle cuts to both ends of the braces.
Fit the brace to the back of the workbench. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 150-250 grit sandpaper.
Add a vise or other features to the workbench, such as a power outlet or hooks to keep the power tools organized. You can add caster wheels to the legs, so you can move the workbench from one location to another really quickly.
Top Tip: Apply a few coats of paint or stain to the components, to enhance the look of the project.
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