Project Plans

Quick & Easy Work/Tool Bench Plans

Plans to make a workbench cart that moves freely on casters from simple inexpensive materials.

I’ve wanted a workbench for the old miter saw from my wonderful father the “Renovation Whisperer.” Well the other day I took a look around my garage and realized I could throw one together with all the random scraps I have stashed away.  I mean, that’s why I kept them right? To use someday.

Here’s what I came up with.

work cart angle_1

It was so simple and quick I thought sharing the plans could help some other soul out there, who like me, has scraps left in the garage waiting for just the right organization project. So here we go.

My workbench cart with casters.

work bench front view

Here’s a list of the materials I used to make the workbench.

2- 2×4’s
1-pine 1×18 by 6′ long (I could also have used pretty much any other material as long as it was 3/4″ thick.)
1-1×3 by 8′ long (Actually I used scraps of 1×6 and ripped them in half down the middle.)
4 casters with locks
3″ screws
2″ screws

Cut List:
2- 2×4 by 32″ long (Actual dimensions 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 32″)
2- 2×4 by 16 1/2″ long (Actual dimensions 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 16 1/2″)
4- 2×4 by 29″ long (Actual dimensions 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 29″)
2- 1×3 by 32″ long (Actual dimensions 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ x 32″)
2- 1×3 by 15″ long (Actual dimensions 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ x 15″)
2- 1×18 by 36″ long (Actual dimensions 3/4″ x 17 1/2″ x 36″)

I started with the front and back uprights, making two of the following.

work bench group 1

I attached the 2×4’s together with 3″ screws, but I used 2″ screws to attach the 1×3’s to the 2×4’s.

Next I stood the two uprights on their ends, with the vertical 2×4 pieces facing each other and the horizontal pieces on the outside. Again, using screws I attached the side pieces to form a hollow box shape.

work bench side

Finally, I screwed on the top and bottom surfaces, making sure to center them all the way around. Note: There is a larger overhang on the top than the bottom. This is due to the fact I used 1×3’s on the top of the box.

work bench top & bottom

(If you only have 2×4’s on hand, just cut 4 pieces the same 16 1/2″ lengths instead of 2 @ 15″ long. Then the overhang will be the same both on top and bottom.)

Finally I turned it on it’s top and screwed on 4 locking casters so I can move the table around easily, but lock the wheels for safety. This is especially important since I plan to use a saw on top of it.

I plan on finishing the wood someday. I’d also like to put a middle shelf on sometime, but it’s a super useful little cart already.

work cart front

Caution:
When making any wood project or using any power saws, always wear eye and ear protection and keep track of your fingers at all times. Do not be dumb and chop off anything you shouldn’t.

April

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