Utility Workbench

  • Advertise with us
Project by Bob A in NJ posted 1418 days ago 2467 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine needed a workbench, I had the time and here is the result.

Cedar 4” x 4” legs.
Fir 2” x 4”s for aprons.
Top is made from 2 – 3/4” pieces of 22 1/4” by 74” MDF. Wrapped with 3/4” oak on the edges with a bevel cut. Shelf is 3/4” MDF.
Table is 36” tall.
4 swivel locking wheels to make it easy to move.
The 2×4” are dadoed into the 4×4”s with mitered end so it looks half decent.
Base is 20” wide x 5’ long.
Top is 24” x 74”.

This thing is heavy and very sturdy. Thank goodness it has wheels.

Not sure how she plans to finish it but this is a nice project taking about 6 hours to build.

Bob A in NJ Oct 11, 2010

Here’s a link to my workbench without the issue of the wheels providing some wiggle in them. In this bench, the wheels raise up and down via the outrigger system.

-- Bob A in NJ

16 comments so far

View Ken90712's profile


14878 posts in 1822 days

#1 posted 1418 days ago

Very solid and goodlooking work bench. Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

View Derek Lyons's profile

Derek Lyons

584 posts in 2202 days

#2 posted 1418 days ago

Can’t have too much horizontal space in the shop! Looks like a nice build.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

View scrapwood's profile


53 posts in 1483 days

#3 posted 1418 days ago

Nice work bench and lucky freind,how well do the wheels lock i have ideas for similar projects on wheels and looking for somthime solid stability when in the locked position.

-- I do not fail I suceed in finding what dosn't work! (Christopher Titus)

View Bob A in NJ's profile

Bob A in NJ

1145 posts in 2633 days

#4 posted 1418 days ago


The table will still shake if sawing with a handsaw. To fix this problem, see my workbench upgrades and then to the link for my bench.


-- Bob A in NJ

View Hacksaw007's profile


591 posts in 1823 days

#5 posted 1418 days ago

You are the man Bob!

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

View StevenAntonucci's profile


355 posts in 2572 days

#6 posted 1418 days ago

Is that here at the lake?

-- Steven

View matt garcia's profile

matt garcia

1821 posts in 2306 days

#7 posted 1418 days ago

Great bench Bob!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

View dfdye's profile


372 posts in 1671 days

#8 posted 1418 days ago

I am sure this will be a great bench for power tool use, craft use, or as an assembly table, but Bob’s comment, while a little forward, was dead on. I am not sure it will have the mass, and I know the casters will not allow it to be stable for aggressive hand plane use. Still, if the user only plans to use it with power tools or for a general purpose bench (and not a woodworking bench) it should do just fine.

I am sure this particular bench was built for its intended use, but it does not appear to be sufficient for hand tool use. If you are on this project looking for a woodworking bench design, I would recommend Chris Schwarz’s “Workbenches: From Design and Theory to Construction and Use” as a great reference to get started in the right direction to build a quality woodworking bench.

-- David from Indiana --

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13337 posts in 2307 days

#9 posted 1418 days ago

Thats a nice workbench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

View Abbott's profile


2570 posts in 1937 days

#10 posted 1418 days ago

It looks good, it looks sturdy and I bet it was fun to build. Nice job…I bet it is a heavy son of a gun!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

View Ollie Vaughan's profile

Ollie Vaughan

14 posts in 1479 days

#11 posted 1418 days ago

Nice looking bench. I need to build one.

-- Ollie

View Lee A. Jesberger's profile

Lee A. Jesberger

6647 posts in 2613 days

#12 posted 1417 days ago

Nice job, Bob.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

View Bob A in NJ's profile

Bob A in NJ

1145 posts in 2633 days

#13 posted 1417 days ago

Yes, for sure, this bench is for general and assembly work, not sawing or hand planing. The wheels, even when locked, have a little wiggle in them. That’s why I called it a utility bench.

If you click on the link, for the bench I built for myself, it has wheels, but they raise up and solve this issue very nicely.

Thanks for looking and for the comments.

-- Bob A in NJ

View scrapwood's profile


53 posts in 1483 days

#14 posted 1417 days ago

Thanks for the info Bob i have some castors just for that job.

-- I do not fail I suceed in finding what dosn't work! (Christopher Titus)

View dfdye's profile


372 posts in 1671 days

#15 posted 1417 days ago


Thanks for the clarification—I was pretty sure that was the case. It looks like a perfect fit for its intended purpose!

I did glance at your other workbenches, and the oak bench definitely looks more sturdy than this one! :)

Thanks for sharing!

-- David from Indiana --

showing 1 through 15 of 16 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase