Building a Workbench for Your Garage

Here’s how to create an easy workbench for an open stud wall in a garage or shop:

  • Cut two 1x4s and a one 2×4 for each diagonal brace.
  • Join each set of the three pieces of wood together with drywall screws.
  • Slip each brace around an exposed stud and attach it to the stud with drywall screws.
  • Attach the bottom of each diagonal brace to the stud with a drywall screw.
  • Cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood for the top, and notch it to fit around each stud.

For detailed plans of a similar workbench, see our article on How to Build a Built-in Garage Workbench.


  1. Hey Chris, Glad you liked my workbench idea. I’ve since used this technique several times, and it really is a fast, simple way to construct a bench.
    By the way, it’s also a great way to build an out-of-the-way lumber rack. Just mount three or four brackets 6 or 7 ft. off the floor, and eliminate the plywood. Then you can lay lumber across the horizontal 1x4s.
    Thanks for writing, and good luck!–Joe T.

  2. Really great stuff!adds
    But cold barely see with all the pop up adds .
    Did appreciate the video
    Can’t even see what I type with all the adds

    • Hi, Bob,
      As the saying goes, “Measure twice, cut once.”
      Alternatively, you can ask the home center for custom cuts.
      Good luck!

  3. I love Joes’s bench design. Is there any downside to using 2x4s for all three pieces of each brace instead of the 1x4s?
    Jack Warren H.

    • Hi, Jack,
      This design transfers all the weight to the diagonal 2-by-4 brace, so we recommend sticking with 1-by-4’s and 2-by-4’s.
      Happy home improving!


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