How to make a work table out of wood

There are many struggles that can be faced when you work in a workshop. Installing workbenches and work tables for woodworks can be extremely beneficial for a number of different reasons.  While premade work tables can be costly and you may not even be able to find a woodwork table that appeals to you, there is an alternative. You can build your own work table just by following the step below.

Why should you build a woodwork table?

Heavyweight capacity - As well as having a high weight capacity, industrial workbenches, and work tables are extremely durable and high quality. Meaning you’ll get the most out of your initial investment as they can withstand frequent rigors use.

Ergonomic Design - It can help improve productivity and woodwork efficiency by installing a good quality industrial workbench or work table.

Can Utilize Vertical Space -  Installing a work table in your woodwork can also help you utilize the vertical space around it. Shelves or other woodwork storage solutions can be installed around it, meaning optimum organization and efficiency.

Improve Profitability - Installing workbenches and work tables in your woodwork can improve productivity and efficiency, this can lead to increased profits as more jobs are getting done but still to the same high standard as before.

Manage Your Workspace - This gives your employees a little bit more flexibility and freedom when it comes to working and storing tools and materials.

Safer Working Environment - As an employer, you have a legal responsibility to ensure that your working environment is safe for employees. Workbenches and worktables for woodworks allow you to boost safety. Not only do workbenches come with clever storage solutions, but they can also be modified to what works for each individual warehouse. This helps ensure that all of the tools and equipment used aren’t just lying around and can be stored safely and securely.

This woodwork table is simple enough and cheap enough that you can make it in the morning, and yet it's big enough for serious woodworking and hobby projects. Add pegboard, a bench vise, and a few other accessories and you'll have a serious work center.

Which wood should you choose for your project?


  • Easily available
  • Typically, affordable
  • The best workbench wood
  • Easy to work with
  • Durable and resistant to decay
  • Not as strong as hardwoods

Maple wood

  • Excellent strength
  • Easily affordable
  • The best wood for the tabletop as well
  • Extremely versatile
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Poor weather resistance
  • It tends to crack easily

Douglas Fir 

  • Excellent moisture resistance
  • It’s very strong and stiff
  • Resistant to decay
  • Excellent screwing and nail holding
  • More expensive than most softwoods
  • Requires significant maintenance


  • Highly durable
  • Exceptional strength
  • Resistant to termites
  • It can last many decades
  • One of the most expensive 


  • Plywood is lightweight
  • It’s readily available, thus cost-effective
  • It comes in large sizes
  • It doesn’t split easily
  • Difficult to finish the edges
  • They can be very thin

How to build a woodwork table?

Tools Required

  • Circular saw

  • Cordless drill

  • Miter saw

  • Safety glasses

  • Straightedge

  • Tape measure

Materials Required

  • 1-5/8-in. drywall screws

  • 2x4s

  • 3-in. drywall screws

  • 4 x 8 x 1/2-in. plywood

This sturdy 30-in. x 6-ft.-long DIY workbench is the ultimate in simplicity. It’s made from only fifteen 8-feet-long 2x4s and one sheet of 1/2-inch plywood, and it makes for a better tool workbench than you could buy for much more.

Learn how to build this workbench by following the cutting diagrams to cut the parts: Figure B to cut the plywood tops, then Figure C to cut all the framing. Use the lengths provided in the Cutting List. You can either screw the framing together with 3-inch screws or hand- or power-nail it together with 3-inch nails. Screw the plywood down with 1-5/8-inch screws.

To make these project plans even easier to follow, we tinted the parts that get added at each step. Keep reading to learn how to build this brilliant small work table with storage.


Step 1 Assemble the Workbench Frames

To begin building a workbench, assemble the DIY wood workbench frames for the woodwork bench surface and lower shelf.

Step 2 Attach the Legs

Screw the legs to the work surface frame.

Step 3 Attach Lower Frame

Flip the workbench over and attach the lower shelf frame.

Pro Tip: Use gallon paint cans to support the lower shelf frame when you're attaching it to the main workbench legs.

Step 4 Attach the Work Surfaces

Screw the plywood work surfaces to the frames.

Step 5 Build the Top Shelf Frame

Assemble the top shelf frame per the instructions.

Step 6 Finish the Top Shelf

Add the plywood to finish the top shelf.

Step 7 Add the Top Shelf Legs

With the top-shelf turned upside down, attach the top shelf legs.

Step 8 Put it All Together

Screw the top shelf legs to the woodwork bench and add the backer boards.

Step 9 Additional Accessories

Add Lighting

Note: Good light is mandatory for any workbench. Buy an inexpensive 4-foot shop light and screw it right to the underside of the top shelf.

Add Power

Note: Mount a power strip to one of the legs and you'll have all the power you need.

Pro Tip: Forget clumsy extension cords. You can also use the power strip to control the light.

Add a Vise

Note: Bolt a bench vise to one corner of the workbench.

Pro Tip: A quality bench vise may cost as much as the workbench itself, but it will really complete your bench, and you'll be amazed at how much use you get out of it.

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Metal outdoor table legs and bases from Flowyline Design are highly crafted by handmade metal furniture makers, so they are prolonged to use, unique look, contemporary elegance, are budget-saving, easy-setting, and are easy to care for. 

Go especially well with any of your table or benchtops, be it the live edge, wood, or epoxy, be it your custom table, dining table, console table, or oval butcher block table.

These metal table legs and bases are always packed nicely, ready to be delivered to spruce up your living space, and come equipped with adjustable levelers hidden well in the feet. All you need to do is to bolt the base on your table or benchtop and go.

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