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5 Workbench Ideas for a Small Workshop

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!

Looking for workbench ideas? Here are 5 DIY workbench plans perfect 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.

Looking for workbench ideas? Here are 5 DIY workbench plans perfect for a small workshop.

Looking for workbench ideas? Here are 5 DIY workbench plans perfect for a small workshop.

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.

Looking for workbench ideas? Here are 5 DIY workbench plans perfect for a small workshop.

This workbench by Rogue Engineer is perfect for a small workshop. Compact, yet plenty of space to work on top and storage down below.

Looking for workbench ideas? Here are 5 DIY workbench plans perfect for a small workshop.

Have a little more space in your shop? Then these two options from Shanty 2 Chic are great options.

DIY Workbench – Shanty 2 Chic

Looking for workbench ideas? Here are 5 DIY workbench plans perfect for a small workshop.

Simple DIY Workbench – Shanty 2 Chic

Simple DIY Workbench Shanty 2 Chic

Bonus Workbench

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.

Looking for workbench ideas? Here are 5 DIY workbench plans perfect for a small workshop.

Looking for workbench ideas? Here are 5 DIY workbench plans perfect for a small workshop.

Looking for workbench ideas? Here are 5 DIY workbench plans perfect for a small workshop.


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3 thoughts on “5 Workbench Ideas for a Small Workshop

  1. jamitysmom says:

    Hi Scott, love your blog! Found it via Woodworkers Workshop (was searching diy cupboard plans and I really like yours). I love the idea of the wheels on your workbench and tools but how do you keep them from rolling around when you’re making something? Do they have locks on them? Just curious, lol.
    Jan

    • Hi Jan – Thank you for the note and for the compliments! That’s a good question about the tools/workbench. Yes, all of my tools are on locking casters. You can find them just about anywhere… Home Depot, Lowe’s, Harbor Freight, etc. Please let me know if you have any more questions – Scott

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