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Cutting-Edge Workstation

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!

Steps


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


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


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


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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:


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


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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.


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


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


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


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


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


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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:


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


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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.


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


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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.


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


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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.


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


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


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


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


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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.


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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.


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


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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.


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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.


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


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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.


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


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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.


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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.


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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Hello I Live Here
Hello I Live Here

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

Jeff Projects
Jeff Projects

Thanks Ana for another great project!

gaga
gaga

Great idea. I really like the versatility of your project.

Gumball14
Gumball14

I love the flexibility! Got my vote

BrianIsHawaiian
BrianIsHawaiian

amazing project!

mimeyer11
mimeyer11

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.

budah2025
budah2025

Nice project and looks like a fun build.

Fred58
Fred58

Fantastic design and perfect for my small basement shop. You got my vote. Thanks.

Old carol
Old carol

Love all things Ana White

Tali
Tali

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

Kamar
Kamar

This will be the first project built in our first house. Amazing.

Christian67
Christian67

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

m3rdpwr_1148
m3rdpwr_1148

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

elf
elf

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?

calebsandfort
calebsandfort

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

cetaco
cetaco

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

Ana White
Ana White

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

m3rdpwr_1148
m3rdpwr_1148

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...

Angiover
Angiover

I totally need this in my life!

Joe_Of_All_Trades_242
Joe_Of_All_Trades_242

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!!

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Project Information

Difficulty: Intermediate
Category: Other

Materials Used:

  • • 4 Sheets of 3/4” plywood

  • • 2 sheets of 1/4" plywood

  • • 8 – 3” casters with brakes

  • • 3/4” screws for attaching caster wheels

  • • 11 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long

  • • 8 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long

  • • 3” self tapping wood screws

  • • 2” and 1-1/4” 18 gauge staples

  • • 4 handles for carts

  • • HART Clamps

  • • HART Tape Measure

  • • EMPIRE Square


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