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Cutting-Edge Workstation


Ana White
Ana White
Ana White
Ana White

Creating the ultimate garage work space doesn't have to be expensive or difficult. This transforming workbench has a built in miter saw, table saw, pocket hole jig, charging station and much more - and it's easy to customize to fit your needs! And the best part is when you are done working, the entire workbench neatly stows away. Not that you ever want to stow away your workshop. Easy and fun to build, you'll be amazed at how quickly this workshop will come together. Plans designed by Ana White for RYOBI Blogger Build-Off.

Click here to download Ana White's project plans for this How-To!

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      Workbench Step 1: Build Workbench Frames. Attach using 3” wood screws and glue at corners. Check for square and adjust as needed.

    2. Step: 2

      Attach legs to frame with four 3” screws and glue. Check to make sure legs are installed square with the frame.

    3. Step: 3

      Attach bottom support to back legs of bench, 4” from bottom of legs. Use 3” wood screws and glue.

    4. Step: 4

      Plywood Side: Use glue and 1-1/4” staples to attach ¼” plywood to side of workbench. Remember to plywood the outsides of the bench as shown in below diagram:

    5. Step: 5

      Attach workbench top to frame with 2” staples and wood glue.

    6. Step: 6

      Miter Saw Shelf Step 1: Cleats Measure the height of your miter saw deck. Add 3/4” to this measurement. Attach top cleats to sides of workbenches this measurement down from top of workbench. Cleats are flush to back, 1-1/2” less on front side. Use 3” screws. Attach bottom shelf cleats with 4” space underneath.

    7. Step: 7

      Front Trim: Attach front trim to workbench legs and cleats with 3” screws.

    8. Step: 8

      Shelving: Place plywood shelving on cleats and attach with 1-1/4” staples and glue.

    9. Step: 9

      Workbench Step 1: Build Workbench Frames. Attach using 3” wood screws and glue at corners. Check for square and adjust as needed.

    10. Step: 10

      Attach legs to frame with four 3” screws and glue. Check to make sure legs are installed square with the frame.

    11. Step: 11

      Attach bottom support to back legs of bench, 4” from bottom of legs. Use 3” wood screws and glue.

    12. Step: 12

      Plywood Side: Use glue and 1-1/4” staples to attach ¼” plywood to side of workbench. Remember to plywood the outsides of the bench as shown in below diagram:

    13. Step: 13

      Attach workbench top to frame with 2” staples and wood glue.

    14. Step: 14

      Miter Saw Shelf Step 1: Cleats Measure the height of your miter saw deck. Add 3/4” to this measurement. Attach top cleats to sides of workbenches this measurement down from top of workbench. Cleats are flush to back, 1-1/2” less on front side. Use 3” screws. Attach bottom shelf cleats with 4” space underneath.

    15. Step: 15

      Front Trim: Attach front trim to workbench legs and cleats with 3” screws.

    16. Step: 16

      Cart Step 1: Caster Wheel Height Measure the overall height of your caster wheels. Maximum clearance under workbench is 36” but some space should be left to allow cart to slide in. Cut list as shown is for casters with 3-3/4” clearance – adjust your cuts if your caster wheels are different heights.

    17. Step: 17

      Cart Frame: Use 2” screws to attach cart front to cart shelf end with 1x2s. Build two of the cart frames.

    18. Step: 18

      Shelves: Attach remaining 1x2s to shelves with 1-1/4” staples from underside. Then attach shelves inside cart frames with 2” screws or staples and glue. TIP: Cut two 9” blocks of wood and use as spacers when placing shelves. NOTE: Shelves can be placed at any height – customize to fit your needs and tool set.

    19. Step: 19

      Shelving: Place plywood shelving on cleats and attach with 1-1/4” staples and glue.

    20. Step: 20

      Shelf Backs: Attach backs to shelves with 1-1/4” staples and glue.

    21. Step: 21

      Top and Bottom: Attach top and bottom to cart frame with 2” staples and glue.

    22. Step: 22

      Caster Wheels: Install caster wheels on bottom of carts with ¾” screws.

    23. Step: 23

      OPTIONAL BENCH TOP TOOLS Bench Top Cutout: Use a circular saw or jigsaw to carefully cut out the top of the workbench cart, following back of shelves and cutting to depth needed for your bench top tools. Make sure you leave about 2” extra for adding the cleat in step 3.

    24. Step: 24

      Cart Step 1: Caster Wheel Height Measure the overall height of your caster wheels. Maximum clearance under workbench is 36” but some space should be left to allow cart to slide in. Cut list as shown is for casters with 3-3/4” clearance – adjust your cuts if your caster wheels are different heights.

    25. Step: 25

      Cart Frame: Use 2” screws to attach cart front to cart shelf end with 1x2s. Build two of the cart frames.

    26. Step: 26

      Bench Top Cleats Cut 1x2 cleats 1-1/2” less than the opening depth. Screw to the insides of the workbench cart, so the 1x2 top is flush with the bottom edge of the plywood workbench top.

    27. Step: 27

      Shelves: Attach remaining 1x2s to shelves with 1-1/4” staples from underside. Then attach shelves inside cart frames with 2” screws or staples and glue. TIP: Cut two 9” blocks of wood and use as spacers when placing shelves. NOTE: Shelves can be placed at any height – customize to fit your needs and tool set.

    28. Step: 28

      Shelf Backs: Attach backs to shelves with 1-1/4” staples and glue.

    29. Step: 29

      Benchtop Tool Shelf: Attach a 1x2 cleat flat to 3/4” thick plywood cut to match the opening of the benchtop. Test fit and adjust if necessary.

    30. Step: 30

      Top and Bottom: Attach top and bottom to cart frame with 2” staples and glue.

    31. Step: 31

      Bench Top Tool: Attach Bench top tool to the removable tabletop piece as recommended by the tool’s guide. Only lighter tools should be hung upside down. Additional cleats can be added inside cart for storing more bench top tools.

    32. Step: 32

      Tablesaw Modification Repeat steps as directed for benchtop tools, except custom cut tabletop out to fit your tablesaw, leaving enough room for the tablesaw fence, guides and accessories to freely move. Use cleats and ¾” plywood to create a shelf for the tablesaw. When installation is complete, the tablesaw deck should be slightly higher than the tabletop itself. Secure tabletop to shelf.

    33. Step: 33

      Caster Wheels: Install caster wheels on bottom of carts with ¾” screws.

    34. Step: 34

      OPTIONAL BENCH TOP TOOLS Bench Top Cutout: Use a circular saw or jigsaw to carefully cut out the top of the workbench cart, following back of shelves and cutting to depth needed for your bench top tools. Make sure you leave about 2” extra for adding the cleat in step 3.

    35. Step: 35

      Bench Top Cleats Cut 1x2 cleats 1-1/2” less than the opening depth. Screw to the insides of the workbench cart, so the 1x2 top is flush with the bottom edge of the plywood workbench top.

    36. Step: 36

      Benchtop Tool Shelf: Attach a 1x2 cleat flat to 3/4” thick plywood cut to match the opening of the benchtop. Test fit and adjust if necessary.

    37. Step: 37

      Bench Top Tool: Attach Benchtop tool to the removable tabletop piece as recommended by the tool’s guide. Only lighter tools should be hung upside down. Additional cleats can be added inside cart for storing more bench top tools.

    38. Step: 38

      Table Saw Modification Repeat steps as directed for benchtop tools, except custom cut tabletop out to fit your table saw, leaving enough room for the table saw fence, guides and accessories to freely move. Use cleats and ¾” plywood to create a shelf for the table saw. When installation is complete, the table saw deck should be slightly higher than the tabletop itself. Secure tabletop to shelf.

Comments (23)


  • Ana and Jacob - I love this project! Curt has been looking for a build for my tools over at Hello I Live Here - Totally building and voting for your project! extremely useable
    By Hello I Live Here, on February 16, 2016

  • Thanks Ana for another great project!
    By Jeff Projects, on February 17, 2016

  • Great idea. I really like the versatility of your project.
    By gaga, on February 17, 2016

  • I love the flexibility! Got my vote
    By Gumball14, on February 18, 2016


  • Ana & Jacob, This is a great build! I've been looking for a way to store my tablesaw, planer and other small tool, but still have them easy to get at... This gets my vote and I may have just found my next project! Thanks.
    By mimeyer11, on February 19, 2016

  • Nice project and looks like a fun build.
    By budah2025, on February 19, 2016

  • Fantastic design and perfect for my small basement shop. You got my vote. Thanks.
    By Fred58, on February 27, 2016

  • Love all things Ana White
    By Old carol, on February 27, 2016

  • As always, you two are creative power house. Got my vote for simplicity, durability, space saver and of course design. Thank you for the plan. Revital
    By Tali, on March 2, 2016

  • This will be the first project built in our first house. Amazing.
    By Kamar, on March 10, 2016

  • Love this design, you killed it. I will be building this as soon as my wife has her yard sale and I can get my garage back
    By Christian67, on March 19, 2016

  • Looks like a nice design. Am I missing something, or on the 12th step so to say have the plywood on the wrong side?
    By m3rdpwr_1148, on March 20, 2016

  • HI Ana, Thank you for this project. I am in the process of redoing my stained glass students work area and my wood working area. I plan to build your workstation but have one question. On the specs it says to use 2" staples. I have the Ryobi 18 ga crown stapler but it only takes up to 1 1/2" staples. Will the 1 1/2" be good enough?
    By elf, on March 20, 2016
    • Hi Elf I had the exact same question about staples lengths as you. What did you end up doing? Following Ana's advice in the comments and using bigger screws for attaching 1-1/2" thick material? Thanks Caleb
      By calebsandfort, on September 17, 2017

  • Awesome. Just what I needed to help organize my confined space. I'm still looking for some highly effective mitersaw dust collection for a stationary 12 inch saw. I've built some event hoods and modified the saw dust collection port. I do have an efficient dust collection system already & the added covenience of a great Ridgid shop vac & cyclone. If you guys have a suggestion, I'm all ears. I would like to incorporate something with your well thought out design here. It would take it up a notch for me. Keep at it folks. Love seeing your ideas! Thanks again! Mitch
    By cetaco, on March 20, 2016

  • Thanks everyone for all the nice comments! So glad you like this plan! Brimac - You can use 1-1/2" staples as long as you are attaching 3/4" material to something, but if you are attaching 1-1/2" thick material, will need to go up to bigger screws. Sorry for the confusion there. cetaco - we left the space under the mitersaw for a vacuum to attach to the saw. That will help out quite a bit. We have a hood on our saw at home that we built and honestly it doesn't do a whole lot of improvement over just the vac setup. Having the vac under the saw is nice because it's easy to disconnect and clean up the area too. Let me know if you come up with a good solution for the fine dust though! m3rdpwr_1148 - here's the plan download with the step instructions http://eff5c75290b0e498bfcc-cdb2fd2cc8e016557784fa363a2704b5.r93.cf1.rackcdn.com/pdf/ana%20white%20workbench%20ryobi%20benchtop%20tool%20update.pdf
    By Ana White, on March 21, 2016

  • Thanks. 6 sheets of plywood for this project. I don't think I even have the time to pick up 6 sheets, let alone the time to build it! Some day...
    By m3rdpwr_1148, on March 22, 2016

  • I totally need this in my life!
    By Angiover, on April 6, 2016

  • it would be awesome if it was a full portable rolling work station. Im going to be making it in an enclosed trailer and want to be able to roll it on and off, gonna see what i come up with and might even build a built in sliding compartment on the back for a thick peice of plywood to be able to roll each peice into a house..... really love your idea, keep up the awesome work and cant wait to see future projects. Got my vote!!
    By Joe_Of_All_Trades_242, on July 24, 2017

  • Hi Ana. Great project and about to start up this next week. I see on the xtra cart with the table saw, you cut fence guides into the plywood counter top right? How did you do that? Plus does the shelf the table saw sits on pull out and drop to allow the saw to drop down? Since the top of the table saw sits just above the cart top in the photo, I am assuming it will not fit under the main bench top correct? Thank you and cant't wait to get started.
    By DrG, on November 6, 2017

  • Nice work! I have a plan very similar to this on paper right now, but this is so much nicer to see it already done! Will use some of your plans instead, sure they make for a better bench!
    By Txgent10, on November 17, 2017

  • Nice work! I have a plan very similar to this on paper right now, but this is so much nicer to see it already done! Will use some of your plans instead, sure they make for a better bench!
    By Txgent10, on November 17, 2017

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Cutting-Edge Workstation

by Ana White
Feb 05, 2016

Creating the ultimate garage work space doesn't have to be expensive or difficult. This transforming workbench has a built in miter saw, table saw, pocket hole jig, charging station and much more - and it's easy to customize to fit your needs! And the best part is when you are done working, the entire workbench neatly stows away. Not that you ever want to stow away your workshop. Easy and fun to build, you'll be amazed at how quickly this workshop will come together. Plans designed by Ana White for RYOBI Blogger Build-Off. <a href="http://eff5c75290b0e498bfcc-cdb2fd2cc8e016557784fa363a2704b5.r93.cf1.rackcdn.com/pdf/ana%20white%20workbench%20ryobi%20benchtop%20tool%20update.pdf" target=_blank>Click here to download Ana White's project plans for this How-To!</a>

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1

    Workbench Step 1: Build Workbench Frames. Attach using 3” wood screws and glue at corners. Check for square and adjust as needed.

  2. Step: 2

    Attach legs to frame with four 3” screws and glue. Check to make sure legs are installed square with the frame.

  3. Step: 3

    Attach bottom support to back legs of bench, 4” from bottom of legs. Use 3” wood screws and glue.

  4. Step: 4

    Plywood Side: Use glue and 1-1/4” staples to attach ¼” plywood to side of workbench. Remember to plywood the outsides of the bench as shown in below diagram:

  5. Step: 5

    Attach workbench top to frame with 2” staples and wood glue.

  6. Step: 6

    Miter Saw Shelf Step 1: Cleats Measure the height of your miter saw deck. Add 3/4” to this measurement. Attach top cleats to sides of workbenches this measurement down from top of workbench. Cleats are flush to back, 1-1/2” less on front side. Use 3” screws. Attach bottom shelf cleats with 4” space underneath.

  7. Step: 7

    Front Trim: Attach front trim to workbench legs and cleats with 3” screws.

  8. Step: 8

    Shelving: Place plywood shelving on cleats and attach with 1-1/4” staples and glue.

  9. Step: 9

    Workbench Step 1: Build Workbench Frames. Attach using 3” wood screws and glue at corners. Check for square and adjust as needed.

  10. Step: 10

    Attach legs to frame with four 3” screws and glue. Check to make sure legs are installed square with the frame.

  11. Step: 11

    Attach bottom support to back legs of bench, 4” from bottom of legs. Use 3” wood screws and glue.

  12. Step: 12

    Plywood Side: Use glue and 1-1/4” staples to attach ¼” plywood to side of workbench. Remember to plywood the outsides of the bench as shown in below diagram:

  13. Step: 13

    Attach workbench top to frame with 2” staples and wood glue.

  14. Step: 14

    Miter Saw Shelf Step 1: Cleats Measure the height of your miter saw deck. Add 3/4” to this measurement. Attach top cleats to sides of workbenches this measurement down from top of workbench. Cleats are flush to back, 1-1/2” less on front side. Use 3” screws. Attach bottom shelf cleats with 4” space underneath.

  15. Step: 15

    Front Trim: Attach front trim to workbench legs and cleats with 3” screws.

  16. Step: 16

    Cart Step 1: Caster Wheel Height Measure the overall height of your caster wheels. Maximum clearance under workbench is 36” but some space should be left to allow cart to slide in. Cut list as shown is for casters with 3-3/4” clearance – adjust your cuts if your caster wheels are different heights.

  17. Step: 17

    Cart Frame: Use 2” screws to attach cart front to cart shelf end with 1x2s. Build two of the cart frames.

  18. Step: 18

    Shelves: Attach remaining 1x2s to shelves with 1-1/4” staples from underside. Then attach shelves inside cart frames with 2” screws or staples and glue. TIP: Cut two 9” blocks of wood and use as spacers when placing shelves. NOTE: Shelves can be placed at any height – customize to fit your needs and tool set.

  19. Step: 19

    Shelving: Place plywood shelving on cleats and attach with 1-1/4” staples and glue.

  20. Step: 20

    Shelf Backs: Attach backs to shelves with 1-1/4” staples and glue.

  21. Step: 21

    Top and Bottom: Attach top and bottom to cart frame with 2” staples and glue.

  22. Step: 22

    Caster Wheels: Install caster wheels on bottom of carts with ¾” screws.

  23. Step: 23

    OPTIONAL BENCH TOP TOOLS Bench Top Cutout: Use a circular saw or jigsaw to carefully cut out the top of the workbench cart, following back of shelves and cutting to depth needed for your bench top tools. Make sure you leave about 2” extra for adding the cleat in step 3.

  24. Step: 24

    Cart Step 1: Caster Wheel Height Measure the overall height of your caster wheels. Maximum clearance under workbench is 36” but some space should be left to allow cart to slide in. Cut list as shown is for casters with 3-3/4” clearance – adjust your cuts if your caster wheels are different heights.

  25. Step: 25

    Cart Frame: Use 2” screws to attach cart front to cart shelf end with 1x2s. Build two of the cart frames.

  26. Step: 26

    Bench Top Cleats Cut 1x2 cleats 1-1/2” less than the opening depth. Screw to the insides of the workbench cart, so the 1x2 top is flush with the bottom edge of the plywood workbench top.

  27. Step: 27

    Shelves: Attach remaining 1x2s to shelves with 1-1/4” staples from underside. Then attach shelves inside cart frames with 2” screws or staples and glue. TIP: Cut two 9” blocks of wood and use as spacers when placing shelves. NOTE: Shelves can be placed at any height – customize to fit your needs and tool set.

  28. Step: 28

    Shelf Backs: Attach backs to shelves with 1-1/4” staples and glue.

  29. Step: 29

    Benchtop Tool Shelf: Attach a 1x2 cleat flat to 3/4” thick plywood cut to match the opening of the benchtop. Test fit and adjust if necessary.

  30. Step: 30

    Top and Bottom: Attach top and bottom to cart frame with 2” staples and glue.

  31. Step: 31

    Bench Top Tool: Attach Bench top tool to the removable tabletop piece as recommended by the tool’s guide. Only lighter tools should be hung upside down. Additional cleats can be added inside cart for storing more bench top tools.

  32. Step: 32

    Tablesaw Modification Repeat steps as directed for benchtop tools, except custom cut tabletop out to fit your tablesaw, leaving enough room for the tablesaw fence, guides and accessories to freely move. Use cleats and ¾” plywood to create a shelf for the tablesaw. When installation is complete, the tablesaw deck should be slightly higher than the tabletop itself. Secure tabletop to shelf.

  33. Step: 33

    Caster Wheels: Install caster wheels on bottom of carts with ¾” screws.

  34. Step: 34

    OPTIONAL BENCH TOP TOOLS Bench Top Cutout: Use a circular saw or jigsaw to carefully cut out the top of the workbench cart, following back of shelves and cutting to depth needed for your bench top tools. Make sure you leave about 2” extra for adding the cleat in step 3.

  35. Step: 35

    Bench Top Cleats Cut 1x2 cleats 1-1/2” less than the opening depth. Screw to the insides of the workbench cart, so the 1x2 top is flush with the bottom edge of the plywood workbench top.

  36. Step: 36

    Benchtop Tool Shelf: Attach a 1x2 cleat flat to 3/4” thick plywood cut to match the opening of the benchtop. Test fit and adjust if necessary.

  37. Step: 37

    Bench Top Tool: Attach Benchtop tool to the removable tabletop piece as recommended by the tool’s guide. Only lighter tools should be hung upside down. Additional cleats can be added inside cart for storing more bench top tools.

  38. Step: 38

    Table Saw Modification Repeat steps as directed for benchtop tools, except custom cut tabletop out to fit your table saw, leaving enough room for the table saw fence, guides and accessories to freely move. Use cleats and ¾” plywood to create a shelf for the table saw. When installation is complete, the table saw deck should be slightly higher than the tabletop itself. Secure tabletop to shelf.