Simple Work Bench Ideas

If you’re looking for a simple and sturdy workbench that’s still mobile, this is the plan for you. We have step-by-step written instructions, a tools list, a materials list, a cut list, color photos, and extra tips.

Whether you’re unhappy with your current workbench or are looking for something entirely new, a DIY workbench can provide the perfect opportunity to utilize unused space in your garage. Crafting something with one’s own hands is also a wonderful way to counteract anxiety and stress. Listed below are ten of the sweetest workbenches you can build yourself.


What better way to care for the planet than to repurpose old items and turn them into new items? We can’t think of one! This workbench features an old wooden door that was repurposed to become a working surface.

How thick should a woodworking bench be?

3″ thick

It has to be at least 3″ thick (solid wood preferred). This thickness is best so the top can work well with bench dogs and hold fasts and most importantly the chop on the vice. Anything over 4.25″ is too thick and the accessories like hold fasts will not work as well.

What is the best size for a woodworking bench?

five to seven feet

For most of us, however, space limitations preclude the biggest, and the smallest are just not big enough. A good size is five to seven feet long and two to three feet wide.

A workbench doesn’t have to be large or complicated. In fact, the simpler the design is the better because you really don’t want any unnecessary features to get in your way while working. This one right here has a large storage shelf at the bottom and casters and that works like a charm.

38″ – 39″ (97cm – 99cm) makes a practical, tall workbench height. A tall workbench is good for detailed work, cutting joinery, and for power tool use. 34″ – 36″ (86cm – 91cm) tend to be the most common workbench height for woodworking