Build a wooden workbench yourself

Resilience and stability can be implemented well through a strong beam construction when building a workbench out of wood yourself. The basic structure consists of four legs, which can open seamlessly into the upper circumferential frame or serve as a substructure for placing the worktop. Shelves and drawers are added.

Cuboid with cross bracing

The basic shape of the substructure of a wooden workbench consists of a cuboid. Four or, if the worktop is oversized (more than two meters), six vertical legs are connected to a frame at least at the top. Depending on the expected load, lower cross struts are only sufficient on the front sides or are also mounted all around.

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The connections between the components ideally consist of a combination of gluing, screwing and mortising. The basic skeleton forms the "chassis " in order to then "expand " the workbench and set it up individually. Softwood like spruce works well.

How to build the basic structure of a wooden workbench yourself

  • Four leg bars (height 80 cm, sides six to nine centimeters)
  • Two (four) longitudinal bars (2 m) for frame struts
  • Two (four) cross bars (1 m) for frame struts
  • Chisel
  • circular saw
  • hammer
  • File / rasp
  • Screw clamps (€ 8.49 at Amazon *)
  • Wood glue (6.49 € at Amazon *)

1. Expose the peg

Depending on the tenon shape you have chosen, you must first provide the upper ends of the leg beams and the timber frame with recesses that can be coupled. To cut out breakouts and recesses in the thick wooden beams, you can make many parallel cuts with the saw and knock out the remaining wooden strips with a hammer.

2. Smooth

Use a file or rasp to straighten all of the recesses for the tenons. Test the construction together to adjust the connections.

3. Drill screw holes

Put holes through the respective upper wooden component at screw connections. "Score" the counter hole a few millimeters deep to "show the way to the screw tip ".

4th. Glue

Apply wood glue to all wooden surfaces that are in contact. Put the components together and start screwing. Place screw clamps on each connection so that they exert pressure on each glue connection.

5. Put on the worktop

Place the worktop on the cuboid and fix it from below with glue and screws.

Tips & Tricks With a surrounding frame made of cross struts at the top and bottom, you increase the stability, especially against forces acting from the side, and the load-bearing capacity of your workbench enormously.