DIY Garage Shop Workbench | How to Build

DIY Garage Shop Workbench | How to Build

What’s up guys, I’m Brad Rodriguez from fix this build that and today I’m going to show you how to make the perfect workbench for your garage workshop It’s got a large work surface and a place to sit and do some work It’s got a ton of storage with five drawers on each cabinet and it’s got a hutch with built-in pegboard storage and a light Stay tuned and I’ll show you just how I did it. I modeled this build after the setup that I’ve been using for over a decade here It’s – 15 inch cabinets on either side with a 60-inch top and a pegboard hutch I’m gonna leave out the center cabinet down below for now and make this a nice workbench or shop desk My dad’s gonna be getting the old version for his garage I’m gonna walk through the full bill here. But this is basically a mash up of the garage base cabinets I just made and my drill press stand that I made last year now I’m gonna share a lot of tips and insights to make this build or any similar one go smoother I’m building both cabinets at the same time out of three quarter inch Baltic birch plywood Each side piece gets a toe kick notch, which I marked for and cut on the bandsaw If you’re cutting these with the jig saw you can stack two sides together And cut them both at once since you don’t have a fence for repeated cuts like I do here the cabinet sides are joined together by a bottom piece and four stretchers and you want the width of the bottom and the length of The stretchers to be exactly the same so take the extra time and make sure they match up when you’re cutting them and I have a square cabinet here makes everything down the road a lot harder now With a small cabinet like this Connecting the sides is a lot easier since you can use smaller clamps I held the stretchers in place between the sides and attach them with pocket screws and when putting the bottom on make sure the check that it’s 90 degrees to both the sides and your workbench before attaching it if the bottom slopes from the front of the back of the cabinet this can follow up your drawer install if you’ll be using spacers like I do the back stretchers are secured to the top and bottom to firm up the whole assembly and give an attachment point for anchoring to the wall I’m using the same homemade adjustable leveling feet for the cabinet’s as I did before I Cut three by three blocks to beef up the base for the t-nuts They’re gonna be installed then I attach the blocks with glue and Brad nails and moved on to the drawer slides while the glue dried I typically install my slides with the cabinet sitting upright, but this time I tried it with the cabinet on its side It’s a bit easier doing it this way since you don’t have to clamp the spacers in place or worry about the slides tipping over as you go to grab some screws just Make sure that the slides remain at a right angle to the front of the cabinet since you don’t have gravity holding everything down firmly to the bottom here. Have full detailed plans available for this whole build including the exact measurements for the drawers slides and all the other parts There’s a link in the description. You can go check that out To close up the cabinets I cut backs for them out of quarter-inch plywood And I attach them with glue and staples to finish up the carcass You can use Brad nails as well. But staples are gonna really hold better in a thin would like quarter-inch plywood Next up was the drawers. I’m making ten of them here which means 40 parts with four different widths in two lengths So having a cut list here is clutch especially if you’re trying to use odd size materials and offcuts from other projects like I did I Printed out the layout on bond parts from Sketchup to get the most from each piece of plywood Then I label the plywood with exactly what Parts I needed to get from it. I set the table saw fence for each width I needed and I cut all the parts that were that size and After I cut the parts I marked them off the little sticky note and kept that little note on the plywood Until I’ve gotten what I needed from each piece of plywood Now this might seem like overkill but I can’t tell you how many times that I’ve tried to wing it and I end up cutting The wrong parts out of the wrong piece and I end up having to buy more wood and like they say an ounce of planning is worth $48 a Baltic birch or Something like that Now cutting the drawer fronts and backs to their final size is always a little bit tricky when using plywood the total drawer width should be one inch narrower than the opening to account for the slides an Easy way to check the sizing before you cut your parts is to do a dry fit in the cabinet Use scraps to represent the sides in the front and see if they’re gonna move easily between the slides Being a little bit under vs. Over is a better side to err on for a good fit and easy sliding drawers. I Took the stack of parts back to the pocket hole jig and I drilled the Front’s in the backs and putting the drawers to goes pretty quick with a set of clamps to help things along and If you need a pocket hole jig a set of clamps or even drawer slides check out woodcraft the sponsor today’s video They carry a full assortment of woodworking power tools Accessories and finishes and they have stores in over 70 Metro cities in the US and a full assortment on their website I’m gonna have links down below in the description to all the items I use today in the build in Thanks again to woodcraft for sponsoring this video. I finished off the drawers by cutting full-sized quarter-inch bottom panels for the boxes If your drawer box is a little out of square There’s an easy way to fix it here line up the bottom and staple the panel to the front edge flush with the front of the box and If the reveal running down the side isn’t consistent and just use the bottom panel and pull the side into square to make that reveal Consistent and fix it into place with staples. You can finish up with more staples along the side and that thing’s not gonna move After finishing the drawers I moved back to the cabinet base I drilled holes in the blocks that I installed earlier for the leveling feet each foot gets a 5/16 of an inch t9 and a 2 inch carriage bolt that allows for leveling on uneven garage floors and all garages should slope from front to back and so you’re gonna need these I Finished off the base by installing a toe kick on each cabinet with Brad nails Actually start calling these me nails more often Yeah, maybe not The last cabinet parts they make were the false drawer fronts. I cut them to size I have a large sheet of plywood to get that continuous grain look that I love so much Then I applied two coats of water-based polyurethane to the Front’s in the cabinet sides Installing the drawers becomes pretty straight forward at this point save for some minor adjustments I used a quarter inch spacer for the bottom drawer and then I stacked on a three-quarter inch piece for the next two drawers Now the plywood that I’m using was even more undersized than normal and that’s gonna add up after several drawers So if your spacing gets too far off, you can get drawer bottoms and fronts running into each other and that is no bueno So an easy way to check where you’re at and see if there’s any interference is to mock up the Front’s Using an eighth of an inch spacer between them And then you can see if there’s anything going on between the drawers and this one wasn’t hitting. I don’t want Adam Anyway, just to be safe since it was a little too close Before mounting the drawer fronts I went ahead and I drilled the holes for the pools first Then I started at the bottom and I attached them to the drawer boxes with one in the quarter inch pocket screws from the inside After getting them all installed I finished them off by extending the holes for the pulls all the way through the drawer box and attaching the hardware on the front At the top of the workbench is a plywood panel trimmed in hard wood like my other cabinets I Cut the panel to size and I used 3/4 inch maple for the trim to cut the trim to the right width I used 2 pieces of plywood to set the fence And this gave me about a one and three-eighths of an inch trim Which will marry up perfectly with the double stack of plywood that I’ll be using on the edge And I attached the front trim to the top with pocket screws and glue leaving the trim long on each side Instead of leaving the side pieces long like I’ve done before I went ahead and trim them to the exact size and join them the Same way as I did the front After those were attached. I came back with a flush cut saw and trimmed off the excess length of that front trim Instead of using two full sized pieces of plywood for the top I used 3 inch strips along the edges and the front in the back To build it up and have a place to attach the lower cabinets. I Glued and screwed the pieces down and I put two more small strips in between the front and the back where the cabinets would overlap on that inner edge I Wrapped up the top by sanding all the seams flush and applying two coats of polyurethane The finishing touch on the work bench is the hutch I love having that light right above the workbench and all that pegboard is great for easily accessible storage So I left the design pretty much the same but just made it a little bit sturdier it’s a two piece hutch with a frame for the pegboard held between the sides and top I Use pocket hole joiner for the whole thing for easy assembly And it’s pretty big So you might need some extra support like scraps stacked on top the cabinets that you just made Note to self make that larger assembly table pronto Considering the size of this hutch putting finish on the parts before assembly also makes this task a lot easier After making the frame I joined the sides in the top of the hutch together then I moved on to the pegboard I’m using just a basic white pegboard here and I cut it to size to fit the frame Now to assemble the hutch I turn the top upside down and I brought over the frame. I Clamped it on and I used some offcuts of the pegboard To set the frame forward a bit so that it would be flush on the back when it was attached I’m working my way around the hutch. I connected the frame to the top and the sides with pocket screws At this point I brought over the 4-foot LED light that I’m going to be using and I measured it for placement in the mounting hardware I Drilled holes and I installed some screw hooks, which I decided to replace with some screw eyes, which were a little bit smaller You’ll see that in a minute Before mounting the pegboard. I located a spot to drill a hole for the power cord for the light I’m probably gonna come back later and drill a similar hole at the bottom to run a power strip so that I can have power Accessible right there on the top of the work bench as well The pegboard goes on with 5/8 and an inch screws around the frame and that wraps everything up. I’m ready for final install. I Couldn’t take the old cabinets over to my dad’s just yet So this is a temporary setup over here on this wall, but for final assembly I’m gonna secure the top to the cabinets and the hutch to the top with hidden screws and Here are the screw eyes that I replace. They’re quite a bit shorter and they give you another usable row of the peg holes And this workbench is a great low-profile spot to work on projects and go through plans for your builds I Think this is gonna be a great addition to a lot of people’s garages and I can’t wait to get it in its final place And complete the look of my own shop organization if you want to see some more shop storage videos There’s a link right down there to the playlist. You don’t see another video I’ve got one for you right there. If you want plants for this build. There’s a link down below in the description Go check that out if you’re not subscribed to the channel already I’d love to have you as part of the team and until next time guys get out there and build something awesome

97 thoughts on “DIY Garage Shop Workbench | How to Build”

  1. If you want plans to build this base cabinet you can get them here:
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  2. Job well done! Ive purchased the other plans for the shop cabinets and will buy these as well! Just waiting for the snow to melt to build the garden shed and get the lawn tools out of the garage! Thanks!

  3. One thing — I used carriage bolts like that for a lot of my stuff (not wall cabinets) .. Unfortunately I was always moving them and the carriage bolt is kind of hard to readjust on the floor fully loaded. (They seem to turn easily on the floor while moving them but hard to get a wrench on. If you lift the box, then they are easy but …while fully loaded with the level on top?) I switched to regular bolts and a wrench could easily adjust them while flat on the floor no matter the load.

  4. Love the clean look – but you're an exception .. your shop is so neat and clean and organized!!! Mine requires making a new map at the end of the night to be able to navigate in the morning. Luckily my coffee pot is in the house …

  5. Couple things:
    1) I’ll start a petition on to rename brad nails me nails
    2) I’d love to see a home office version of this desk with instead a pegboard, a sturdier board to mount monitors and space for computer components in the drawers for easy upgrades

  6. Another great build, Brad! I noticed you pre-drilling for the drawer slides at 2:21. When pre-drilling these, do you have any trouble with the dust/shavings getting gummed up in the slide grease? This was an issue I encountered when building your drill press stand.

  7. Brad,

    Our shops are our own respective domains. If you want to call them, "me-nails," the rock on with your "Brad"-self!

    Sorry, I couldn't resist matching pun for pun.

    Great build. I am doing something similar in my own garage. It will be the nerve center of my shop, for ideation and sketching.

  8. Brad, Your channel has quickly become one of my favorites! Love all of your garage cabinet builds. Quick question, where do you get your plywood? Im noticing the number of plys and it looks like really nice stuff. I just picked up 4 sheets of birch plywood (not baltic) and it ran $78 a sheet. It too has 8 plys with the veneer but only one side was "paint grade" I was shocked to hear you say $48/sheet. ( I try not to buy plywood at the box stores. Thanks!!

  9. Ящики – идеальное решение для хранения. Фанера – идеальный материал для этого. Всех благ. Всем добра.

  10. Brad, you never seem to use much, if any glue with your pocket hole joints – even drawers. If that's correct, has this ever been an issue? I've always used glue but it makes assembly a bit of a pain – I'd love to forego the glue if it doesn't cause issues. Another great build, BTW.

  11. Brad, great build as usual.  How do you like your ISOTunes?  Any problems?  What kind of range do they have?  Are they comfortable?  How long have you had them?  Some of the reviews I have read say that the range is pretty bad.  Like, cuts in and out while the phone is in the pocket.  Give me your honest opinion.  By the way, I can't get the ISO link to work.  Does it from Stumpy's video too.  All other links work fine.

  12. Where did you get that rolling stool from and do you recommend it? Looks shorter than the bar stool I've been using, looking for a new one for my shop. Thanks

  13. I like that layout. I am somewhat making a couple with a bit of changes to your plan. For when working on cars and or other projects. Radio installation and sub boxes my auto diagnostic tools and metal working.

  14. This set up is great! I'd like this with bookshelves added up top on each side of the peg board. It'd be the perfect little maker work desk.

  15. Isn't this too expensive of a built? It'll need at least 4 piece of plywood, plus 8 pair of tracks, that's almost $400 in material.

  16. Great project Brad! I bought the plans and will be modifying it a bit for my garage, so I used your plans as a template for my sketch up plans . Would you ever consider selling the sketch up plans for people who want to customize them ? Second have you thought about doing some sketch up tutorials? Thanks!

  17. Just wanted to say thank you, I have just started building with wood and I have learned a lot watching your video's, I just built my first of 2 file cabinets

  18. Love the low profile of this! So many storage options and having pegboard is great for those tools you need access to all the time.

  19. Spray or dip those leveling feet with some Plasti-dip…even less slip. Great looking workbench! I don't love pegboard, but you have it looking really nice.

  20. I did something similar to this. I got a used office desk 26×56, and used it as a garage bench. It has drawers and very sturdy.

  21. Even tho I will not be able to make such things, these are really nice video's to watch anyway, Thanks!

  22. Hello. I have few teak wood cupboards which are. Like 10feet tall. Some of them are damaged. And it's very difficult to use the complete 10feet. Do you have any suggestions. Could you give some ideas on converting them. ? Would be great if you could give your contact details.

  23. Could this be done with 3/4” MDF? I’m still newish at woodworking and would rather not screw up $50 sheets of hardwood plywood.

  24. Where do I find that birch plywood. I've toured the home depot and lowes and the plywood they have is so rough and warped.

  25. Awesome build! If I was to make the cabinets a little wider and the table top longer (just shy of 6') and wider (about 30") do you think it will still be stable ?

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