How to Build Your Own DIY Mobile Workbench
I’ve wanted a mobile workbench for years. In my old shop, when I was first getting started and really had no idea how my shop would be used in the long run, I didn’t know how I wanted it arranged. But shortly after our first kitchen remodel, I just knew I needed SOMETHING to get me and my miter saw off the floor to finish the trim for the house.
So I built stationary workbenches from some random wood I had lying around without thinking about how much I would hate them in the future haha.
But, I quickly found that mobile is almost always better than stationary and that my measly 24″ of surface area wasn’t cutting it for assembling large furniture pieces. So there again, I ended up on the floor. Not my favorite place to be.
So I vowed (vow seems like a strong word…but I’ll use it anyway) that when we sold our old house and I had a new shop, I would start off right with a MOBILE workbench that was ALSO big enough to actually work on. And while I was thinking about function, it would also be nice if it was exactly the right height to serve as an outfeed table for my table saw and had some storage for my most used items.
That means this bad boy had to be the ultimate workbench. It was a big role to fill, but I think I put something together that is going to work out really well in my new shop. And I’m so excited to be sharing the free plans for this 3-in-1 mobile storage workbench/outfeed/assembly table over on Build Something.
It’s a full 4×8 size, which is fairly large, BUT I promise it’s so easy to modify your size just my changing a few measurements in the plan. So you can easily make this whatever size you need. Personally, the more surface space, the better though, because that helps when assembling large pieces if you are building furniture.
I also made this to be 34 1/2″ tall because that’s the height of the surface of my table saw. So this height works out perfect for an outfeed table. If your table saw isn’t 34 1/2″ tall like mine, simply adjust the height of your legs in the plans and that’s easy to modify, too 🙂 See, no excuses!
I’m got a video tutorial for you here below and you can find the free plans on Build Something. By the way, if you didn’t already know, Build Something is a website with tons and tons of free building plans for almost anything you can think of. If you are in the market for a project, check out Build Something for plenty of project plans and inspiration.
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In case you are wondering the exact products I used on this workbench, I’ve provided links below.
Caster Wheels--these come in packs of 4 and I just ordered two.
Now, let’s talk for a second about the Kreg Clamp Traks I added to my workbench surface. First of all, I love them. It makes it so easy to clamp down a work piece while I’m chiseling, sanding, cutting, whatever. SO HANDY. They come in kits of different sizes depending on what size you make your bench. I used the 27″ x 69″ kit.
Here’s the deal, though. I had built my frames before my tracks came in and I didn’t have the instructions. Once they arrived, I realized they were designed to be installed onto 3/4″ thick surfaces. But I was using 2x material so it was 1 1/2″ thick. Whoops.
But, no big deal, where there is a will, there’s a way. What I did was follow the instructions to drill the holes for the bolts through the surface I was mounting to. I just drilled all the way through my 2x4s. (You can see this in my video above), then I used a large drill bit (one that was large enough for the head of the bolt to fit into), marked it 3/4″ down from the tip with painters tape, then drilled on the BOTTOM SIDE up into the holes 3/4″ deep. Now, my bolts would fit up into the hole 3/4″ and it was ESSENTIALLY just like mounting to 3/4″ material. It’s a little extra work, but not too bad.
Also, just another hint here, I found it easier to install the tracks from above vs sliding them onto the nuts. You can also see this better on the video, but I placed the nuts in the tracks so that they would line up with the bolt holes I drilled, then just placed the trak on top of the surface and tightened the nuts and bolts from the bottom. I kept finding it difficult to slide the tracks on because my nuts wouldn’t stay still.
But, for real, for a weekend project and a little bit of wood, you won’t regret building yourself a nice, new, mobile workbench. This has already become my most used piece in the shop. I love the cubbies on the end, too for all my jigs, and my most used items…like my Kreg screws, cabinet jigs, circular saw, and Kreg Track Horses. Then, I love the large area underneath for my vacuum and a bucket to toss small scraps into while I’m working.
So if you are ready to start working on an ultimate workbench instead of on the shop floor, head over to Build Something for the plans for this bench. And if you liked this project, I would love it if you’d pin it for later.
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Until next time, happy building! 🙂