Workbench Build

Cristy Gies

Cristy Gies

Designer and Founder - DIYGirlfriend

What is one of our best tools when working on a project? Our custom workbench.

A workbench will help you keep your tools and supplies organized and give you a great workspace for your projects.

There are many workbenches for you to purchase and they all come with a hefty price tag. The less expensive benches do not have drawers or any storage. They are simply a table with metal legs that set in a fixed place. The more heavy-duty workbenches are often metal and vary in size. The metal benches are more of a toolbox and often have wheels so you can move them easily but can cost up into the thousands of dollars. Trying to select the best one for you can be overwhelming.

In this tutorial we are going to show you how to make your own workbench. Building your own allows you to make it specific to your needs. The workbench we will be building includes drawers built perfectly to hold your tools and other essential supplies. The deep drawers allow you to easily access the tools you need. The top of this workbench will provide a great place for you to work without having to bending over. It also has caster wheels which allows you to move your workbench easily throughout your work area.

Let’s Get Started.

Here is What you will need:



You can find these items in any local home improvement store. At the bottom of this article we have provided some links to make locating these items easier.

Watch the video below to get started on your workbench.

Or you can follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Build the workbench base

DIYG Tip: Keep a 24” level handy throughout this project and continuously check to make sure each piece is level or in the end, the drawers will not function properly.

Step 2: Measure, cut and attach 1/2" plywood base, sides and back.


If you don’t have a table saw you can rent one from Home Depot.  You can also ask Home Depot or Lowe’s to cut the wood according to your measurements if you bought the wood there.

DIYG Safety Tip: 

When using a table saw, NEVER stand behind the table saw.  The wood can get bound in the saw and kick the wood back toward you resulting in serious injury and even death! Always stand to the side of the wood and push it through with a push block NOT your hands.

Step 3: Build Drawers


  • Even though a piece of wood may say 1”x4” they are rounding up.  Usually it is actually .75”x3.5” so take that into consideration when you are planning your drawers and buying your wood.
  • When figuring your drawers and drawer spacing, use colored painter’s tape and cut the tape to the exact size of the drawers.  You can then move the tape around on the face of the 2×4 front to get the look and spacing you want before you mark where the drawers will go.

Step 4: Measure and attach drawer slides by following manufacturer's directions.

Step 5: Measure, cut, glue and attach workbench facing.

Step 6: Measure cut and Glue facing trim on drawers

Step 7: Finish and paint/stain workbench


  • For an added pop of color, measure, cut and apply drawer liner for each drawer

Step 8: Attach drawer handles according to manufacturer's directions.

Step 9: Measure, cut and attach countertop.


  • For a smoother cut, apply painters tape at the cut and cut the countertop from the underneath side.  This will prevent too many chips in the finished side.

Step 10: Add tools and ENJOY!


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