DIY Projects

Building a Workbench for Your Garage

By: Joe Truini

Here’s how to create an easy workbench for an open stud wall in a garage or shop:

  • Cut two 1x4s and a one 2×4 for each diagonal brace.
  • Join each set of the three pieces of wood together with drywall screws.
  • Slip each brace around an exposed stud and attach it to the stud with drywall screws.
  • Attach the bottom of each diagonal brace to the stud with a drywall screw.
  • Cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood for the top, and notch it to fit around each stud.

For detailed plans of a similar workbench, see our article on How to Build a Built-in Garage Workbench.


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    June 18th, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Hi, Bob,
    As the saying goes, “Measure twice, cut once.”
    Alternatively, you can ask the home center for custom cuts.
    Good luck!

  • Bob Kaine Says:
    June 13th, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    do you not have to measure diagonal braces and 1×4 to get all to line up ??

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    Thomas Boni Says:
    June 7th, 2019 at 9:58 am

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  • Joe Says:
    June 5th, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Really great stuff!adds
    But cold barely see with all the pop up adds .
    Did appreciate the video
    Can’t even see what I type with all the adds

  • Jason S Says:
    September 21st, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Beuatiful, exactly what I was looking for as a workbench solution in my new shed. No legs is a gamechanger for me.

  • Official Comment:

    joe t. Says:
    March 26th, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Hey Chris, Glad you liked my workbench idea. I’ve since used this technique several times, and it really is a fast, simple way to construct a bench.
    By the way, it’s also a great way to build an out-of-the-way lumber rack. Just mount three or four brackets 6 or 7 ft. off the floor, and eliminate the plywood. Then you can lay lumber across the horizontal 1x4s.
    Thanks for writing, and good luck!–Joe T.

  • Chris Reyes Says:
    March 25th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Great video. Educational.

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Building a Workbench for Your Garage