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How To Build Woodworking Bench? Step-By-Sep Guides

Is buying a woodworking bench from a designer workshop necessary? The short answer is no. So, here is how to build woodworking bench. Read on!

If you own a workshop, you know the importance of a woodworking bench. There is no denying that it is the heart of your workshop.

Of course, it should match the type of work you do and your workspace. If you want to make one yourself at an affordable price, this guide is for you.

So, without wasting much time, let’s find out how to build woodworking bench!

As long as you have the right tools and a detailed guide, you can expect to finish in half a day

 As long as you have the right tools and a detailed guide, you can expect to finish in half a day

Things You Need for This Project

Here’s a woodworking table project that takes just one morning. Here are the tools and materials you will need to complete this project:

Materials Required

  • 2x4s
  • 3-in. deck screws
  • Lag screws
  • Carriage bolts
  • Nuts & washers

Needed Tools 

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Clamps
  • Circular saw
  • Corded drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Table saw
  • Glue

3 Steps To Build Woodworking Bench

Making a woodworking table is not difficult for many people to think, although it requires a bit of knowledge and a methodical construction process. There are many ways to create a table, some complex while others are easy to follow.

Are you a beginner? Do not worry! Our guide is for inexperienced people.

To build this woodworking table, you will need:

  • (A) 33-inch 2x4s as legs (x4)
  • (B) 46-inch 2x4s as long stretchers (x4)
  • (C) Four 16- 1/2 inch 2x4s as end stretchers (x4)
  • (D) 5-foot. 2x4s as woodwork benchtop (x15)
  • 3-1/2 inch x 3/8-inch bolts, nuts & washers (x16)
  •  3-inch x 3/8 inch lag screws (x16)
  • 3-inch deck screws

Are you a beginner_ Do not worry! Our guide is for inexperienced people.

Are you a beginner? Do not worry! Our guide is for inexperienced people.

Step 1: Build the Base

Let’s start by clamping the legs and stretchers together. After that, pre-drill and then bolt the base together.

Note:

Make sure the width of the legs from the outer edge to the outer edge is 16-1/2″. Use this base as a large saw-horse to assemble the top of your table.

Step 2: Assemble the Top

Create fifteen top 5 foot-long top boards. Then use your table saw to rip them to 3 inches wide.

Now it is time to create four-leg slots. You have to choose 2 of these top boards and then cut them into three pieces, including a 39-inch piece (middle piece) and two 7-inch pieces (end pieces). Then, attach and secure them together with glue and 3-inch deck screws.

Note: 

  • Keep sawed edge facing up, then use your corded drill to drive screws below the bench’s surface.
  • When you are attaching 7-inch pieces to create leg slots, it is wise to use a 2×4  scrap piece as a spacer.

Keep sawed edge facing up, then use your corded drill to drive screws below the bench's surface.

Keep sawed edge facing up, then use your corded drill to drive screws below the bench’s surface.

Step 3: Final Assembly

Before assembling the base to the top, you need to loosen the screws and bolts on the lower stretchers. It allows you to create a little space for leg slots.

Align the woodwork benchtop with the legs. Use a hammer to tap around the tabletop until all legs are level with the top.

Last but not least, tighten the lower stretchers to keep your bench steady.

Want to build the ultimate hybrid workholding bench? Check out this video.

What Type of Bench Do You Need?

A woodworking bench consists of a flat top and four straight legs. Some come with a compartment that contains tools and components. The front edge of these benches is usually lined with square holes positioned at regular intervals.

To choose the right type of bench, you need to consider the following factors:

Size And Shape

Most benches have a work surface at the top and are essentially flat. However, woodworking tables tend to be as varied as the intended use. The most common sizes for a bench are 5 to 7 feet long and 2 to 3 feet wide.

Height

As a rule of thumb, your woodworking table should be approximately the same height as your hip joints. It means its height is somewhere between thirty-three and thirty-six inches.

On the other hand, you can also make it as tall as your radial-arm saw or table. Thanks to that, you can use it as an extension for your table to cut larger boards.

Portable or Permanent

Is your woodworking bench stationary? In general, large and heavy benches are more stable and suitable for handling different projects. However, stowing is more complicated.

Therefore, lightweight workbenches tend to become more popular. They allow you to move from one workplace to another with ease.

Draw a Picture Yourself

As with every other furniture project, a simple drawing can help you think through your needs and determine the materials needed. There is no denying that it makes your task easier. All you need to do is find a large piece of wallboard, cardboard, or plywood about the same size as your intended benchtop.

A simple drawing can help you think through your needs and determine the materials needed.

A simple drawing can help you think through your needs and determine the materials needed.

Mistakes When Building Woodworking Bench

Of course, as a beginner, it is difficult for you to avoid making mistakes. The following, in our opinion, are the most common mistakes you can make as you build your first woodworking table.

  • Too many holdfast/dog holes
  • Too tall for standard workbench height
  • Over-agonizing the wood types used
  • Building a DIY plan too deep
  • Choosing the wrong tools
  • Worry too much about benchtop flatness and wood movement
  • Attempt to make it too nice

Conclusion

Hopefully, by the end of this guide, you should know how to build a woodworking bench.

It is not as difficult as many people think. As long as you have the right tools and a detailed guide, you can expect to build a woodworking table in half a day.

By following our guide, you can create the perfect bench as the heart of your home workshop. Furthermore, you will also pay much less for designing and building your woodworking table.

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Lisa J. Thompson

Hello, my name is Lisa Thompson and I’m the Founder of Daily Home Insider, your go-to resource for all things home security and home improvement. In this day and age, security should be your top priority, and that’s exactly why my dedicated team of writers and I offer reliable information pertaining to gun storage, home safes, and so much more. When I’m not running the blog, I enjoy gardening and homesteading. As an avid nature lover, I also love going on camping trips. Currently, I happily reside in the heart of Los Angeles.

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