Garage Workbench

Got tired of not having anywhere to put things down and work on them in my garage.  Its a single car garage and is mainly used for storage.  Its never seen a car before.  Aside from storage though, I of course keep my tools there.

So I did a bit good of Googling and found a bunch of options around, but settled on a simple design that is reinforced by some metal brackets.

Here’s my basic design.

workbench design


Basic Materials:

  • 3/4 plywood
  • 2×4’s
  • 4 x casters (Lowes)
  • 4 x Simpson Strong-Tie 2×4 Rigid Tie Connector (Home Depot)
  • 2 x Box Simpson Strong-Tie Strong-Drive Screws #8 (Home Depot)
  • Other wood screws for top to frame (1 5/8″ I think)


  • Does not show brackets, but only used 4.  1 for each top corner
  • Unlike the plans I found, did not build with a bottom shelf.  It is still very sturdy though
  • Above plans show 2 plywood pieces on bottom of the frame.  Ended up not doing that… But the concept would be a partial torsion box, which adds strength… If needed.
  • Could only find casters with small enough connection heads at Lowes
  • Simpson Strong-Tie products needed were only at Home Depot
  • Top board overhangs frame by 2″ on each long side.  Flush with short sides.  Personal preference though.  My thinking is that it will give me something to clame against.
  • Be sure to countersink screws

Added feature(s):

  • With overhanging sides, added aluminum corner brackets along the length.  This should help prevent the long plywood side from splintering.
  • Planning to add a power strip of some kind… Somewhere.  Still trying to figure out best way to implement.

Project Finish:


Original source for plans:

3 thoughts on “Garage Workbench

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    • Guess I forgot to go back and put up the finished benches. Updated! 🙂 Feel free to add to your site if you’d like.

      I did a good bit of googling and got a little overwhelmed with the different plans out there. I liked your plan for the simplicity and versatility.

      Still planning on adding a “disposable” top layer as was suggested in one of the comments.

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