How to Build a Workbench Tutorial

– Have you ever wanted
a nice garage shop table that had the table saw,
a router table, a vice, a place to sit, store tools? Well, stay tuned, watch this video, and I’ll show you how I built mine. (upbeat music) Hey remodelaholics, I’m Justin,
welcome back to our channel. Alright I’ll give you a
little tour of the design. So I built this in SketchUp, because I wanted to really
understand how I’m gonna organize the space of
this table saw bench. So it’s about 36 inches tall, I built it on casters, so
I’ve got four locking casters, and then I’ll do two regular
swivel casters in the middle. And then on the opposite
side of the table saw, I’ve got a little place
where I could put my feet up, I’ll have some benches that I
store underneath this space. So if I’m working with
my girls or with Cassidy, we can have little benches to
sit on and work on projects. This distance here is seven feet, and then the width of it is four feet. So it’s gonna be a
four-by-seven foot table. So this video today is sponsored by Rockler Woodworking and Hardware. You can find them at Let’s get started. The first piece I’m
gonna cut is the bottom, it’s gonna be 78 inches
long by 42 inches wide. I’m gonna use four-by-fours for the legs. We’re gonna gave one in each corner and then one in the middle on each side. Okay, so now that I have the legs cut, the next step is to build the frame. I’m gonna use two-by-fours
in between these legs, then I’m gonna use the Kreg Jig and I’m gonna do a pocket hole, attach them with the screws, and then I’m gonna do a two-by-four in between the two sets of legs. For these middle legs I am
putting this in the center, and how I’m gonna do that, I’m gonna just put these
up on little blocks, these are one inch blocks. Okay, so I’ve got the three
sets of legs put together. What I’m gonna do is put them upside down, so the bottom is gonna
be on top of the legs, I’m gonna screw them down nice and tight. And then I’m gonna screw
the casters in place. I used a two-inch long carriage
bolt with the lock washer and a washer, pre-drilled all the holes, and bolted the casters in place. (upbeat music) Now with the casters in place, I’m gonna flip it over and I’m
gonna put the top braces on in between the three support leg beams. (upbeat music) Now the next step is, I need to grab one more sheet of plywood, and we’re gonna do the middle partition. So from here to there, right down the middle, we’re
gonna create a partition. It’s gonna be screwed
up through the bottom and give it some extra support. Table saw is gonna be in this area, and then over here is
gonna be the router area. (upbeat music) Just as long as that’s below, that’s good. So what I’m gonna do is I’m
gonna screw it in place, and then I’ll roll it over, and then we’ll screw it on the bottom. Screwed this in place
with the two-by-four, the middle two-by-four
on the table saw side. (upbeat music) Throughout this video you’re
gonna see me using a bunch of different tools and
products that are from Rockler. In the description below I’ll
have a list of all those tools I’ve been using that I
think are really awesome, because they helped make this process of building this table really nice. So, check out the description below for the list of all the Rockler products that show up throughout this video. Here’s another cool Rockler tool, this is a jig to help you clamp corners. So this is how the clamp works, there’s this block that
goes on the inside, the top side, it makes
a nice square corner. And then on this side you’ve got the clamp that
you tighten up right here, and you tighten that right there. I lined it up with my mark right there, so that’s gonna hold it nice
and straight up and down. So I’m just gonna draw a
line at the bottom of this, it’s gonna be right in the
middle of that partition board. And then we’ll screw it on the bottom. (upbeat music) Alright the table is built, now I’m excited to start
getting the top put together. I’m gonna do it in two layers. I’m gonna do a base layer
of three-quarter inch birch plywood, and then the top layer at three-quarter inch birch plywood. It’s gonna be an
inch-and-a-half thick, total, with about a three inch
overhang on the table. So again, it’s a four foot
wide by seven foot long table. So first thing I’m gonna do
is center it on the table, with that three inch overhang
on three of the sides. On this side I’m gonna
leave the long portion, and then I’m gonna cut it to length. I’m gonna screw it in place as well, so that I don’t have to clamp it down. Now that it’s completely
centered on the table, I’m gonna go through and just screw down every 12 to 18 inches into
the frame of the table, and this piece will be in place. So now that I have that screwed on, I’m gonna bring the top
layer and put that on top to hold the two pieces together on top, I’m gonna screw it from underneath. So if I ever have to replace
the top for some reason, all I have to do is
unscrew the ones underneath and take the top off. Okay, so we now have the
table, the main thing, all framed, put together,
it’s very sturdy, and it’s very cool because it
moves around on the wheels. So what I’m gonna do next, is I’m gonna take apart my table saw, and I’m gonna measure exactly
how big of a space I need, and I’m gonna cut out a hole for it. So it’s gonna slide right into this spot, and that’s gonna be the
new home for the table saw instead of on the stand
that it currently is on. Alright, so it looks like taping this edge was a really good idea, because it did protect
it when I was cutting it. Now I’m gonna build the shelf that the table saw is gonna sit on. So from this surface down
to the top of the shelf is gonna be 12 and three-eighths to make sure that the
surface of the table saw sits right flush with this. So it actually works out really nice that this piece that I just
cut out for the table saw, I’m gonna use those two pieces for the two side legs that’s gonna support the table saw underneath it. So I’m gonna turn the
table saw on right now and cut those pieces to
the right width and length. I’ve got the shelf laid out,
cut to length, cut to width. Now I’m gonna notch out
the two little corners where it needs to kinda
wrap around the post. I’ll cut those out with
the jigsaw real quick, and then we’ll see if it’ll fit. So I took the three pieces
that I cut to length and width, laid them out, clamped them
using those corner clamps, so it can have a nice squared corner, screwed those in place with three two inch construction screws. Now I’m gonna take this table saw shelf and place it inside the table saw bench. So I’m gonna cut a hole
on top of the shelf where all the sawdust is gonna
fall down into a compartment underneath the shelf. I’m just gonna leave enough
room for the table saw to sit on the shelf, so it has enough support. And then the sawdust will just
fall down into a compartment that I can then go back
every once in a while and vacuum it out. I’m going to now screw it in place, I’m gonna screw it in from the back side of the middle partition. And then underneath I’m
gonna screw it in as well. The table saw now sits
just below the bench top, about an eighth of an inch. This will give me a
little bit of flexibility so I can shim up underneath the table saw to make it just right and perfectly level with the top of the bench. So the table saw has two little channels, so when you’re using, cutting
angles or stuff like that, or you’ve got a table saw sled. I’m gonna take a router and
I’m gonna continue those channels into the table as my next step. So I’m really excited about
this part of the project, I’m working on the top
of the table saw bench. I’m gonna be using a T-track system, and it’s really cool
because it’s recessed down into the top of the workbench, these little tracks, it
has all kinds of clamps, and gear, but it’s really cool because it’s gonna be really quick
clamping and working on projects. I’m really excited about. If you ever used a T-track system before, let me know in the comments below and tell me how you like it. I’m laying it out, and so
I’m gonna have basically three inches around the
perimeter of the table. And then I have a bunch of intersections, I’m gonna do one right down the
middle of the table as well, divide it right in half. And then I’m gonna have one
offset about 16 inches in from the edge, so that I
have a variety of distances for the T-track to work for whatever projects I’m working on. So the next step I have to take, I’m just kinda laying it out, making sure where all
the tracks are gonna go, then I’m gonna draw out on the table top where I’m gonna have to take
the router at three-eighths of an inch deep, by
three-fourths of an inch wide. Not that wide, but, you know, this wide. So the T-track will just
sit right in that channel and you can screw it in. Now that the T-tracks are installed, I’m going to work over at
the router lift station and cut out the area where
the router lift will be set inside the top of the table. I used the Pro-Lift as an outline, flipped it upside down, traced the outline of it onto the table. Once that was traced on
I clamped four boards around the perimeter of that. That was two and five-eighths offset from the hole that I wanted to route out. That way I could just
use those as bumpers, and route out the entire inside. Now it’s time to cut the next level out. So I’m gonna have to leave
at least a quarter of an inch around the perimeter
for the plate to sit on. And then I’m going to cut out
kind of an odd shape inside the routed out area, so that the Pro-Lift can fit right down inside there, and all that stuff laying
underneath the table. For more detailed instructions
on how I installed this router lift, check
below in the descriptions, there will be a link to the blog post. Now that I have this
awesome Rockler Pro-Lift in place on the table,
I’m gonna go through, and I’m gonna sand the entire table. I’m gonna sand it down with 120 grit, just to knock off those sharp
edges around the plywood and where the T-tracks are gonna be set. So now that that’s finished, I’m gonna go ahead and start putting on a coat of polyurethane, and this is a satin polyurethane. I wanna do like two or three coats, I’m just gonna start brushing
on this polyurethane. I’m gonna wait a couple hours and then I’m gonna put on another coat, probably sand in between, I
want it nice and polished. So we’ll see how that goes. So I got the top of the table finished, it looks amazing. I got three coats of polyurethane on it, it’s a satin finish. And now I’m gonna put all
the T-tracks in place, I’m gonna start with the intersections, I’m gonna put those down, and then I’m gonna cut
the other pieces to length to fit in the gaps. (upbeat music) Now I’m gonna work on the router station, so I’m gonna put the lift in place. Once I’m done installing the lift plate I’ll install the router in the fence, and all the accessories that
I have that go with that. And these accessories are
gonna be able to clamp onto the T-tracks that are
surrounding the router. I always wanted a nice router table, and I’m really excited about this table, because of the fence, the accessories, the ability to go up and down
and change the router bit without pulling the router out. It’s really cool. So, I don’t know what I’m gonna
make the first time with it, but it’s gonna be really
nice, whatever it is. I also installed a little switch, actually it’s not really little, but it’s really cool because
it’s got a Start and Stop, and the Stop is really big,
you can hit it with your knee if you need to shut it off really fast. So the final feature that I
wanna install on this workbench is a bench vice. I’m going to install
it on the opposite side of the router table. So I used a number 14 screw, one-and-a-half inch long to attach it to the bottom of the wood shop bench. Now what I have to do
is build a block of wood that’s gonna be attached
to half of the vice, so when it clamps it’ll clamp
in between the workbench and that piece of wood
that I add to the vice. (drill sounds) I wanted to say one last thanks to Rockler for sponsoring this video. I’ve really enjoyed working
with their products, you will be seeing more cool products as we continue to clean
up and organize our shop. Be sure to come back for more, and in the meantime,
check out Okay, so that’s as far
as I’m gonna take this table right now, I’m gonna go and use it and find out how I can customize
all the separate spaces around the bottom portion of the table. And then I’ll come back and
I’ll show you the other video of how I customize it even further. I’ll have plans available on my blog at, you’ll
be able to download them, and if you wanna build this exact table, or if you wanna modify it to your needs. Don’t forget to like and subscribe. Thanks for watching everybody, and come back next week
for more DIY videos. (upbeat music) It looks like I have one arm. Ooh, I can do the wave. (upbeat music)

70 thoughts on “How to Build a Workbench Tutorial

  1. JUSTIN!!!! This is RIGHT ON TIME! I just jumped on YouTube to see what other woodworker's workbenches look like. Ours isn't as functional as we thought it would be. This one is PERFECT! Thanks for the video and plans. pssst I get a 404 error on the plans.

  2. This is an amazing table! What’s the approximate cost for lumber and the rockler products (tracks, clamps, lift, etc)?

  3. I'd love to see you build a large Crate & Barrel-style rojo cabinet! They're impossible to find used and would love to see how it can be duplicated. If you Google "large crate & barrel rojo cabinet", you'll see the images for what it looks like right away. 🙂

  4. How is "the dust just falls down into the box" working out? It seems to me that dust would be flying everywhere. Also, I'm curious if you're having any trouble keeping the table saw properly shimmed to be flush with the table top.

  5. Excellent. You look and sound like Woody Harrison the actor. You came up automatically while I was busy. Great video and process and now I have to subscribe. Keep up the good work an much success. i love all your movies.

  6. Hi this is an awesome work table. Am hoping to build this myself in very near future. One adaptation I'm thinking of doing is in the opposite side to bench saw is installing a mitre station brilliant video very goid presentation

  7. I like the video as far as it goes. The plans are good but you assume all of us have rhe same skills. But I figured it out and have a nice table for my Dewalt jobsite table saw. I used a MELAMINE 4X8 + sheet for my top.

  8. Great video and the workbench looks awesome. Getting ready to build 1 for myself and I plan on replicating it off of yours. How is the table working out for you? Are you pleased with the layout, or now that you’ve been using it for a while are there some changes you’d make?

  9. I love this video. Thank you for the step by step. I'm thinking of customizing it for my miter saw and table saw. I appreciate the detail you went into!

  10. beautiful job nice and organised looking for aprox cost of materials and all parts needed again beautiful; job

  11. I was thinking about putting a recess for my miter saw on the other side of the table (Corner next to the router). What are you thoughts?

  12. I like how it came out for you. Unfortunately not a good design for my saw since it's belt drive. But I'm sure I can use some of the things I saw on your build so thanks a lot. Rockler has lots of good stuff I'll be incorporating in my build when I get a round tuit!

  13. Hi thanks for a fab bench great vid and good plans,the only problem I found was some measurements didn’t add up so had to adjust things after doing all my cuts on the timber so can you adjust the measurements and change for future download of the bench.pete in the uk

  14. i got a small portable tablesaw built into a bench that im redoing for a bigger saw (delta 36-725) and was going to do a router set up…ive been noticing people, you included, put the router with the fejce facing the outside or end of table, what about facing it toward the inside of table to help better support larger pieces/projects? or would that be too awkward and have less control do you think?

  15. For all of you who are asking for plans I do have them available! Here is the link:
    Send me a photo after you make it! I would love to feature it on our channel!

  16. I have almost completed the table. One question, where did you get the Table Saw Fence rail that is attached to the side of the table? I was looking online at systems and they are very expensive $300 plus. I wanted to keep the fence on my new Dewalt but I would have to router a large groove down the middle so that the factory fence can slide front and back. I suppose I could do this but it would take away from the original idea of having the saw flush and encapsulated in the table. Any thoughts/ideas?

  17. I love this thank you. I don't have a router table, but I am thinking my table saw and miter saw would work great!

  18. Hi, can I use t tracks for saw fence? Your workbench is the best I have seen on youtube. Thanks from Italy!

  19. Very nice table. I am finally getting a shop set up for my self with limited space. What was your cost of building this? It looks like something I want to do but I am also on a limited income.

  20. Hi 🙂 I stumbled across your video and watched it all the way to the end.
    We watched pleasantly and happily. I'm making a video to make a woodworking tool. I do not know if there is a video that can be helpful, but I hope you will come to my YouTube and watch it once.

  21. that is a really well thought out design . I liked the way you took the guide nice and slow with lots of detail so that anyone, of any ability, could follow easily. Thank you for making the video and uploading it for us it has inspired me to make a smaller version for my small shed workshop …subscribed

  22. Love the design! Do you find that the work surface stays flat? My garage has a floor drain so I'm worried about flexing/twisting…

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