How To Build a Simple Cheap Work Bench

Build a simple workbench for around $60 in less than an hour! This is a great addition to your garage or workshop and can me made with simple tools. Makes working on car parts and DIY projects much easier!

The lengths you'll need are:

1 X Bench top (1200mm X 600mm)
2 X 1200mm (Bench frame)
2 X 540mm (Bench Frame Ends)
4 X 980mm (Legs) Choose your own lengths based on desired height
2 X 600mm (Leg Supports)

There are loads of really great workbench designs out there but this is a nice simple design for doing DIY projects. You can adjust any of the sizes and lengths to create a custom bench for your own workspace. You can also simply replace the bench top when it gets worn out and if you're budget allows you can use a nice piece of hardwood. Keep in mind that wood may not be perfectly straight so choose carefully at the shop. Glue also helps to make the whole thing stronger. I'm using this bench as part of a larger bench and mounting it to a wall and supports but if you're using screws only on the legs install them diagonally.

We were sent an email from a young MCM fan asking how to make a cheap, simple workbench. We're not carpenters by any stretch of the imagination but we hope this helps you get started on your own workbench!

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Also something to note around Mighty Car Mods: we are normal guys and are not trained mechanics (or carpenters!) We like to make interesting car mods and projects and show you how we've gone about it, but we can't promise that anything we show you will work for your particular project, or that you won't harm yourself, someone else, your car or your warranty doing it. Please be safe, be responsible and unless you know what you're doing, do not fool around with very serious machinery just because you've seen us make it look so easy. Talk to a qualified mechanic or carpenter if you are in any doubt. This video has no affiliation with Ryobi. They are just the tools I own.


  1. Thanks to MCM fan Emilio who sent in an email asking us how to make a cheap
    workbench for his garage! We hope this helps you out!

  2. Rabinder Haywood Singh

    Mighty CARpentry Mods :)

  3. Best one so far 🙂

  4. Rabinder Haywood Singh

    Moog does look like your average lumberjack nowadays, it’s that Chin Bush
    he’s grown

  5. Sponsored by Ryobi.. lol.

  6. +Chris Bisson In Canada the blue ryobi tools are their “standard” lineup
    that come with the regular NiCd batteries, you can also buy the higher
    performance green ryobi tools that come with the lithium batteries, we
    usually get ours from home depot when they go on sale.

    In our house we have a mixture of both. 2 blue drills, 2 blue radios, blue
    sawzall, blue circular saw, blue flashlight, green drill, and the green
    impact gun.

  7. +mcmtv2
    I sort of chuckled when you broke out the Ryobi cordless chop saw because I
    have the older model of the same saw (it was super cheap on clearance, like
    $40) and the first project I used it for was to build my own work benches
    about 8 years ago! If you can get a Ryobi sponsorship, do it! I won’t hate!

  8. +Chris Bisson Theyre green in europe too. Think they were blue when they
    had NiCD batteries.

  9. And Stanley and Irvin…
    IF this is an ad for this power tool brand then it is exactly how it should
    be done (well maybe not exacly, I didn’t notice the brand before your
    comment and I dodn’t recognize them, most likely because they are not
    popular or even available in Poland), not offensive at all, no forced
    scenes just for promote item, one can watch it not even noticing product

  10. where is Marty?

  11. Cereal'sGamingVault

    was going to make a joke like this but yours blows it out the water haha

  12. +mcmtv2 How do you find the Makita tools that you are using? Do they go
    nuts and are they worth the price?

  13. +themaconeau In the USA, those would be Ryobi tools based on the color.
    Makita is usually considered a step above Ryobi here in the US. I have
    never used Ryobi so I cannot say for certain.

  14. +Jeff Stanley second thay. In the uk we have ryobi and makita. generally
    speaking ryobi

  15. +ausguitarist you forgot about the Trojan right angle+where did he get that

  16. As a stand alone bench you don’t need any bracing to stop it from wobbling
    side to side after time?

  17. THANK YOU, Thank you for using the metric system! <3

  18. Weak and ugly construction made with number of good and expensive tools.

  19. Good video and a great little bench.

    More little how to’s like this FTW

  20. You do need bracing to prevent racking (side-to-side movement). Adding the
    bracing can greatly increase the durability of the bench.

  21. Thank you so much ! i really need a unit like this and my son in law has
    been saying he will make it for me but he won’t be able to do it for months
    ,so I’m going to do this myself I don’t have a electric saw but I do have a
    drill if I take the measurements for the wood to the shop will they cut
    them for me? I live in Scotland .you made it look so easy 🙂 best video
    I’ve seen so far ,it’s a real gift to be able to make things look so simple

  22. i know this is a dumb question but can i install vise on that work bench..
    is it strong enough..?

  23. Boss!!

  24. nice! so 1x’s ?

  25. nice! so 1x’s ?

  26. 2×4 for the base framing. 👍

  27. I would add side to side bracing. It depends on your vise… might add a
    brace under the plywood along the front edge on side and butted up to the
    plywood. screw in the sides and along the front. Especially if your vise
    will be screwed or lagged down to the top. The plywood should be heavy
    enough to support the weight but the brace will help reinforce and give you
    some extra wood to help it resist any side movement once it is secured.

  28. I like the ideas ,there easy to build on the job site to make my work easy

  29. Is that a battery powered miter saw?

  30. excuse me sir Ft and inches please

  31. Thank you so much for this video !!! I have been looking for a easy bench
    to make and this seemed perfect so i made one it took me around 4 hours or
    so but at least i did it and is all my husband did was hold the wood whilst
    i drilled and screwed !

  32. No there 1″ or 1-1/2″ if any.

  33. what a beautiful verson of better homes and gardens

  34. George Figueroa Get back in your cave stone age man! lol.
    Most tape measures have metric along one edge and imperial along the other.
    So whatever the measurements are, you simply line it up with the other edge
    to give you the conversion.

  35. Not sturdy enough to work on. The timber sections need beefing up or some
    diagonal bracing timbers are needed. Plus you need extra rails to support
    the bench top. As it’s only 18mm Plywood, it will be too bouncy to work on.

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