How to Build a Wood Workbench

A wooden workbench provides a structure to work on carpentry and other household repair or hobby projects. A wood workbench fits great in a garage or shed and creates a storage shelf when not in use for working on projects. Build your own wood workbench within one weekend; you may even be able to use up some scrap materials you have left over from previous wood projects.

  • Particle board
  • Tape measure
  • Carpenter's square
  • Power saw
  • 16-ounce bottle of wood glue
  • 2 4-by-4 wooden posts
  • 3 2-by-4 lumber pieces
  • Hammer
  • 4-inch nails
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Paintbrushes
Cut the particle board into two pieces that measure 2 feet by 6 feet; use the carpenter's square to produce 90-degree angles at all corner cuts. Lay one of the pieces flat on the floor and squeeze on an entire 16-oz. bottle of wood glue over the surface of the one particle board piece. Attach the second particle board piece on top of the first; work quickly to get all corners even and squared up before the glue begins to dry.

Measure and cut the two 4-by-4 wooden posts to measure 3 feet long. These pieces will be used to create the legs of the workbench, so you may need to adjust the length of the legs to make a table height comfortable for you.

Cut the 2-by-4 pieces into the necessary lengths at this time; you will need two that measure 6 feet long and two that measure 2 feet long. You should be able to get these pieces from two 2-by-4 pieces of standard length.

Sit the 2-inch by 4-inch pieces on the ground in an evenly sized rectangular shape that measures 2 feet by 6 feet. Drive nails into the corners to attach the pieces in a rectangle frame. Lay the double-thick particle board piece on top of the frame, square up the corners and then drive nails down through the particle boards and into the 2-inch by 4-inch pieces. This completed piece will be used as the table surface of the workbench.

Tilt the piece constructed in the previous step on its side and attach the wooden post legs of the workbench. Place the wooden post pieces on the underside of the work bench surface and press flush into the corners against the 2-inch by 4-inch boards. Drive nails down through the particleboard and into the tops of the wooden posts. After all legs are attached, turn the workbench over on its legs.

Tips and Warnings

  • Sand and then paint or stain the workbench if you feel this is necessary after assembling the bench.

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