How to Build a Cheap and Strong Workbench

Many homeowners have the idea that an ideal DIY workbench is expensive to make sure it has all the qualities. That’s totally a myth. Building your own workbench doesn’t always cost you much. With the right concept and execution, you can build your own strong yet cheap workbench. Here are some of the steps you may try.

Tools & Materials:

  • 4 of 2 x 4 x 8 inch
  • 1 of 1 x 2 x 8 inch
  • 2 of 1 x 6 x 8 inch
  • ½ sheet of ¾ inch A2 grade plywood
  • 3d finish nails
  • 4d finish nails
  • 1 pint of carpenter’s glue
  • 2 inch deck screws
  • 3 inch deck screws
  • 1 ½ inch x 1 ½ inch angle brackets
  • 1 ¼ inch x 3 inch lag screw washers
  • Plastic anchors for lag screws
  • Water-based polyurethane
  • Wood glue
  • Wood chisel
  • Ratchet/socket set
  • Safety glasses
  • Orbital sander
  • Milter saw
  • Level
  • Hammer
  • Framing square
  • Countersink drill bit
  • Cordless drill bit
  • Clamps
  • Circular saw


  1. The very first step to do is to cut the back legs. Cut the 1 ½ inch depth saw kerfs to the back of the legs to make an additional notch in order to get the horizontal supports that you’ll create for the next step. Don’t forget to clamp the both legs altogether while you’re cutting to ensure that the pieces can be identical and to save your time as well.




  1. After you’ve done with the legs, clean out the notches by chiseling out the waste wood you’ve produced from the previous step. Make sure that you rasp the bottom of each notch cleanly.



  1. After cleaning the notches, you’ll need to build the back assembly. One important thing to note here is that the assembly has to be square and then screw the horizontals onto the back of the legs using one pair of 3 inch deck screws at each of the joint.



  1. Next, you have to build the front part. Start by laying out the diagonal supports for the front part using the framing square then take the straight 43 inch long of 2×4 to be laid right next to the frame. Make sure that the diagonal support is able to intersect 3 ½ inch from the bottom leg.



  1. The next step to do is to add the shelf support. You can screw the shelf supports onto the back of the legs and the diagonal supports using 2 inch screws by drilling the pilot then countersink the holes to begin with.



  1. This step will require some gluing job. Add the cleats and the aprons by gluing and nailing the ¾ inch x 2 ¼ inch apron at the front shelf to the ¾ inch plywood shelf using the 4d nails.



  1. If you’re about to bolt the workbench to the wall, it means you’re almost there. Drill the pilot holes then attach the horizontal supports at the up and down parts to the wall using lag screws.



  1. Finally, you just have to add the top to finish your cheap yet strong workbench project. Make sure you add the top properly.