Work Bench #1: An Easy and Fast Rolling Workbench

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Blog entry by Retsof posted 04-12-2012 10:09 PM 12142 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently got back into woodworking after being laid off from a job that required so much travel that I couldn’t fit any shop time into my life. It’s been about four years since I have completed a project and in between job interviews (I’m flying to Kansas City for one on Friday), I’m building myself a few new work stations, jigs, and tools that I will need to take a crack at building some of my own furniture.

First up, I needed a workbench with a nice flat surface for assembling face frames for cabinets and gluing up door panels. I decided to keep it simple and I built it using my Kreg Pocket Hole Jig, 2×4 Douglas Fir and 3/4” MDF. It went together pretty quickly as I had the MDF roughed out at Home Depot rather than fight with it on my table saw.

I used the free 2’x4’ Garage Workbench plan from

Just log in at Kreg’s site and you will have access to print out a .pdf with the plans which includes a convenient shopping list and a cut list for the project.

I love my Kreg Jig for working with 2×4s. I’ll use it for face frames on future projects too.

The paint is a very manly shade of purple that I had left over from my daughter’s “Rock N Roll” bedroom makeover in 2010. It’s original anyway.

I made a few modifications and I’m not done yet. I doubled up on the lower legs so I could add 2” locking wheels. I added some peg board to the ends for holding some tools and supplies. I also added a power strip that I had laying around.

I will take some more photos to show you what it looks like with the 1.5” thick MDF top in place. Now I have a good mobile table that I can use for my next project. I also discovered that a small refrigerator fits nicely on the bottom shelf to keep a few cold beers handy.



-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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#1 posted 04-12-2012 10:14 PM

Beer on wheels! Watch out for Smoky!

-- Chuck Murphy

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#2 posted 04-12-2012 10:39 PM

Awesome job! Looks like it will be very functional for the intended purpose.

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#3 posted 04-13-2012 12:35 AM

I like the color.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#4 posted 04-14-2012 02:26 PM


That color is still ‘Rockin’, I like it, should inspire many more projects for that lucky daughter. She must be lucky to have a father that gave his blessings to a room painted that color.

Encourage Expressionism and let it Bloom. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#5 posted 04-14-2012 02:59 PM

Thanks Len. My daughter really likes the purple bedroom. All her friends like my choice of color too.

As soon as I finished this bench, I used it to assemble a matching purple router work station 74” x 24” on wheels and the same height. When I put them together, I have over 10’ of flat table top to work with. They are great for supporting plywood for ripping with my track saw. I’m going to add a vice and holes for bench dogs today. I’m still working out the design for storage cabinets in both benches. I’ll put up some more photos soon. They were both quick and inexpensive projects that have boosted my confidence to move forward with some more difficult challenges.



-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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