Garage Workbench #2

Similar to my first workbench, I needed to create a 2nd.

A couple of differences though:

  • Meant to hold a miter saw
    • 2nd table’s height was designed so that with a miter saw on top, the top of the miter saw is flush with the top of my first workbench
  • Table dimensions are smaller
  • Added a lower shelf

Here’s the basic design:



  • Same basic materials as my first workbench
    • Used 8 Strong-Tie connectors this time though
    • Originally got a 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood from the first workbench, so re-used leftovers for the top and shelf
  • Lower shelf is against the lower crossbars
    • Meant to hold a shop-vac, with the intention of hooking it up to my miter saw
  • Added middle crossbars, similar to the plans of that inspired my design, but did not use that for the shelf support.
    • Long bars only have 2 screws into the brackets on left and right sides (none on the inside).  This is to allow the bars to be removed easily for access.
  • Used pronged tee nuts and associated hardware to secure miter saw

 Project Finish:


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: