November 18, 2015 by Scott - Saws on Skates
One of the things I wanted to focus on when I started Saws on Skates, other than sharing free furniture plans, was to share ideas about DIYing in a small space. A while back a new follower pointed out that I haven’t provided much info on working in a small space. I’ve been so focused on creating and posting new plans that I totally overlooked one of the main topics I wanted to discuss, so today we are going to talk about workbench ideas for a small workshop!
What size is your shop? I would consider my shop tiny. It’s about 10×13 and a corner is lost to a furnace. So, I would say I’m working in about 120 square feet or the size of a small bedroom. It’s taken me many years to figure out how to set up my shop, so it’s functional.
One of the best things I ever did to maximize space was to put all of my tools on wheels. It’s the whole reason I named the blog “Saws on Skates”! I started with my workbench. Then my miter saw stand. Then I added wheels to my table saw. If I can’t put wheels on it, I don’t put it in my shop.
In the upcoming weeks we’ll look at DIY miter saw benches, but since I put wheels on my workbench first, that’s where I’m going to begin. Whether you’re trying to maximize space in your cramped shop or you have a giant work space, you know you NEED a workbench. Working on the floor is literally, back breaking work!
If you’re just setting up your first shop and you don’t know where to start, I recommend starting with a workbench. Sure you could buy one, but why not build one instead? No matter if you have a dedicated workshop or a space you can only use temporarily for DIY projects, I think one of these workbenches will work for you. They are all easy to make, on wheels or fold up to save space.
5 Workbench Ideas for a Small Workshop
Don’t have the space to commit to a full time workshop or just need a little extra space to work on a project? Then these two options might be for you…
First is a collapsible workbench found on Instructables. Great for those who don’t have space for full time shop or to take with you for DIY project at a friends house.
This folding workbench by Wilkerdoos is great option for a small shop. A workbench when you need and extra floor space when you don’t.
This workbench by Rogue Engineer is perfect for a small workshop. Compact, yet plenty of space to work on top and storage down below.
Have a little more space in your shop? Then these two options from Shanty 2 Chic are great options.
Since I originally published this post about 5 Workbench Ideas for a Small Workshop I designed and built my own workbench. It’s a folding workbench perfect for a small shop. And it’s small enough to fit in the trunk of your car, so you can take it with you for a DIY project at a buddy’s house.