Get your benchtop tools organized with this DIY power tool stand. This sturdy stand is easy to make with only six 2×4s and these simple step-by-step plans.
DIY Power Tool Stand
Are your benchtop tools sitting on the floor of your shop or taking up valuable space on your workbench? Give them a permanent home with this DIY power tool stand!
This sturdy tool stand is easy to make with a few 2×4s, a few simple cuts, and a few common woodworking tools.
The small size makes it perfect for a workshop, garage, or shed shop. Up top, there’s space for tools like a scroll saw, lathe, drill press, planer, table saw, miter saw, and more. Below there is space to add a shelf for more storage.
The free plan includes all of the measurements and detailed step-by-step instructions. Get the free plan now and build one today.
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Table of Contents
- Inspiration for This Project
- What Power Tools Can You Mount on the Tool Stand?
- Where Can You Use This Power Tool Stand?
- What Tools Do You Need to Make a Power Tool Stand?
- What Wood Should You Use?
- How Do You Attach the Top?
- Customize the Power Tool Stand
- How Do You Finish the Power Tool Stand?
- How to Make a DIY Power Tool Stand
- Get the Free Printed Plan
Inspiration for This Project
In a couple of the tutorials, I’ve mentioned that I volunteer at a local historical society. A few of the furniture plans have been inspired by pieces that I’ve seen at the museum or ideas from my fellow volunteers. Projects like this display cabinet and this tabletop book rack.
This time, I was inspired by an antique saw sharpener in the carriage barn. We were planning to do some restoration work on it, but the base for the sharpener was missing, so it was sitting on two old rickety sawhorses.
We needed a sturdy tool stand so that we could safely do the restoration work. I looked around for an antique stand, but couldn’t find anything that fit. So instead, I decided to make my own tool stand.
Here’s what I came up with. A small, sturdy, easy-to-make power tool stand.Back to Table of Contents
What Power Tools Can You Mount on the Tool Stand?
This power tool stand would be great for benchtop tools like:
- Drill Press
- Table Saw
- Scroll Saw
- Miter Saw
📝 NOTE: This tool stand is about 30” tall. This height may be too low for some tools or DIYers who are tall. You can adjust the length of the legs to make the tool stand a height that works best for you.Back to Table of Contents
Where Can You Use This Power Tool Stand?
This small power tool stand would be perfect for a small shop, garage, or shed workshop.Back to Table of Contents
What Tools Do You Need to Make a Power Tool Stand?
This tool stand is a simple afternoon project. It can be made using basic woodworking skills and just a few common woodworking tools.
Tools like a miter saw, pocket hole jig, and a drill.
I used a miter saw to cut all of the parts to length for this project.
Pocket Hole Jig
We can use any pocket hole jig to drill the pocket holes for this project. I used the Kreg Jig 720PRO to drill the pocket holes for my tool stand.
The drill was used to drill the pocket holes and with a Forstner bit to make holes for the table top fasteners. The drill was also used to drive the pocket screws and wood screws that join the pieces together.Back to Table of Contents
What Wood Should You Use?
I used 2×4s to make my power tool stand.
Related: Beginner’s Guide to Wood SizesBack to Table of Contents
How Do You Attach the Top?
It’s important that we attach the table top to the base of the tool stand the right way otherwise the top could crack.
Wood moves with seasonal changes. We need to attach the top in a way that allows the wood to move with those seasonal changes.
I don’t recommend attaching a table top to the aprons or legs with pocket holes. Pocket holes prevent the table top from moving with seasonal changes which could cause the top to crack.
Instead, we should use table top fasteners to attach the top. The fasteners allow the top to move with seasonal changes and reduces the chances of cracking the wood.
Related: How to Attach a Table Top (the Right Way)Back to Table of Contents
Customize the Power Tool Stand
There are several ways to customize this power tool stand. Customizations include adjusting the height, adding a shelf, and adding wheels.
This tool stand is about 30” tall. This height may be too low for some tools or DIYers who are tall. You can adjust the length of the legs to make the tool stand a height that works best for you.
I mentioned earlier that this project was inspired by the historical society where I volunteer. We didn’t need a storage shelf, so I didn’t add one to the base of this project. You could easily add a shelf to the bottom for additional storage.
I normally add wheels to make all of my workshop projects mobile. But again, I made this for the historical society and we didn’t need this to be mobile. You could easily add wheels to the legs to make this project mobile.Back to Table of Contents
How Do You Finish the Power Tool Stand?
This power tool stand could be finished in a variety of ways. It could be left natural, painted, etc.
I usually paint workshop projects. But again, I made this for the historical society and we didn’t need this project to be finished, so I left the wood natural.Back to Table of Contents
DIY Power Tool Stand
- Click here to get the FREE plan (includes detailed instructions, measurements, and bonus tips)
- Wood (per printed plan)
- 2-½” Pocket Screws
- #6 1” Wood Screws
- #8 1-¼” Wood Screws
- Wood Glue
- Figure-8 Table Top Fasteners
Step 1. Make the Top
Cut 6 pieces of wood to length for the top. Apply glue to the edges and clamp. I moved on to Step 2 while the glue was drying.
🔄 OPTIONAL: You can use pocket holes to edge join the top.
Related: How to Edge Join with Pocket Holes
Step 2. Make the Leg Assemblies
Cut 4 pieces of wood to length for the legs. Cut 4 pieces of wood to length for the rails and drill pocket holes in each end.
Related: How to Use a Kreg Jig 720
📝 NOTE: The edges of 2×4s are rounded. Cut edges butted up to rounded edges doesn’t look right to me.
This step isn’t necessary, but I used a router to round over the cut edges so they will match the rounded edges of the 2×4s.
To help position the bottom rail I cut 2 pieces of scrap wood to length. I clamped the scrap wood to the bottom of each leg.
Apply glue to the ends of the rails and clamp. Attach using 2-½” pocket screws.
Repeat for the other leg assembly.
Step 3. Attach the Side Rails
Cut 5 pieces of wood to length for the rails and drill pocket holes in each end. 4 of the pieces will be used as side rails and 1 will be used as a stretcher in Step 4.
📝 NOTE: I attached all of the side rails to one leg assembly. Then I joined the first leg assembly (with the side rails) to the second leg assembly.
Again, to help position the bottom rail I used pieces of scrap wood cut to length. I clamped the scrap wood to the bottom of the leg. Apply glue to the end of the bottom rail and clamp. I used a speed square to help keep the rails square to the leg assembly. Attach using 2-½” pocket screws.
Apply glue to the top rail, position flush with the top of the leg assembly, and clamp. Attach using 2-½” pocket screws.
Repeat for the remaining rails.
Apply glue to the ends of the side rails, position the first leg assembly on the second leg assembly, and clamp. Attach using 2-½” pocket screws.
Step 4. Attach the Stretcher
Apply glue to the ends of the stretcher (from Step 3) center on the long rails and clamp. Attach using 2-½” pocket screws.
Step 5. Attach the Top
I used an awl to make a starting point for the drill bit.
Related: What is an Awl?
I used a Forstner bit to drill the holes for the fasteners. The holes need to be about an ⅛” deep. I used painter’s tape to make a depth stop on the drill bit.
I used a chisel to square the corners of the hole.
Attach a table top fastener to each hole using a #6 1” wood screw.
Related: How to Attach a Table Top (the Right Way)
Center the top on the legs. Attach using #8 1-¼” wood screws through the table top fasteners.
Video: How to Make a DIY Power Tool Stand
Give your benchtop tools a permanent home with this DIY power tool stand! This sturdy tool stand is easy to make with a few 2×4s, a few simple cuts, and a few common woodworking tools.
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