How to Build a Sturdy Work Bench

Who said that to own a sturdy work bench, you have to spend money to buy it? In this modern era, we can make almost anything we need in our house. A sturdy work bench is not an exception. With the right concept and the right process, you surely can build your own sturdy work bench. In case you’re planning on it, here are some insights you can use.

Tools & Materials:

  • 2 of 1 x 6 x 8 inch
  • 1 of 1 x 2 x 8 inch
  • 4 of 2 x 4 x 8 inch
  • ½ sheet of ¾ inch plywood
  • Tape measure
  • One-handed bar clamps
  • Hammer
  • Framing square
  • Drill and driver, cordless
  • Drill bit set
  • Circular saw
  • Chalk line



  1. First of all, you need to cut the plywood parts. You need to be focused here since you need to cut them perfectly straight. Start by cutting the top shelf to begin with then use the factory cut edge to guide you for the other cuts. Align the top shelf that has the same distance from the cutting line and measure the distance between the edge of saw base plate and the saw blade.

  1. The second step is to assemble the drawer section and the shelf section. You can start by ad the drawer compartment first then continue with adding the top and bottom to the drawer compartment. Make sure you do both of the steps precisely to help you for the next steps.


  1. Once the drawer section and the shelf section are assembled, the next step to do is to attach the legs and the shelf. Screw up one the legs first by squaring up one side of the leg then fasten it with a screw. For the other side of the leg, use two screws to fasten it up. To install the shelf, set it on spacers to hold the shelf in perfect position and screw it through the legs.

  1. After the legs and the shelf are attached, install the top and trim the molding. Start by nailing on the screen mold with 1 ¼ inch brads and do the long section first using the scraps on the shorter sections.


  1. This step means that you almost finish the project. The next step to do is to build a simple drawer. You can start by gluing the clamp at the front, back and sides together. After that, nail it on the bottom then nail the sides to the back and the front as well. Make sure that you do this step correctly to avoid any unnecessary reparation in the future once your work bench starts to work regularly.

  1. Finally, here comes the last step that you need to do nicely. Since staining plywood without looking blotchy is kind of hard, you can mix a solution of stain and polyurethane. You need to brush this combination to the work bench regularly to make it looks classy.