This is one of my most favorite workbenches I’ve ever designed and built!
Miter Saw Stand
The base of this workbench is a miter saw stand –
But here’s the big problem with a sliding miter saw: It needs 32″ (or more depending on your saw) depth-wise to slide.
So what to do with the space under the workbenches, that need to be 32″ deep? I knew 32″ deep shelving would be a terrible idea, as stuff would just get lost back there (kitchen cabinets are 24″ deep and that’s about as deep as you want to go).
So instead of 32″ deep shelving where stuff goes to die, I decided to put roll out carts that function as both storage and work surfaces.
And then when you are done working, they carts neatly tuck under the workbench, saving space in the garage and putting everything away
After designing, tweaking, redesiging, stressing over how to optimize materials to help you save money when building, and then more tweaking …. we built this!
It may look complicated, but I promise, this one is easy. It is big, but it is not difficult to build, and you’ll be amazed at how fast it comes together.
Customizing Tool Storage and the Carts
Once you have that perfect workbench built, it’s time to start customizing it for your needs. There’s a spot for a vacuum under the circular saw, so you can manage your sawdust easier.
Then on one of the carts we cut out part of the top and attached a bench tool to this. We did this for all the bench tools that needed a home.
So when you need a bench tool – like this Kreg Jig – all you have to do is slide it into the cut out, use it, and then store it. The Kreg Jig piece is lightweight, so it stores upside down in the space.
How cool is that?
On the side of that cart, we added a clamp bar, so clamps are within easy reach, but always have a home to go back to.
On the second cart, we customized it to hold a table saw. When not in use, it just is a flat surface, but when in use, the tablesaw deck is significantly larger and easier to work with. The cut out area helps to contain the sawdust, and you have a nice place to store your table saw.
The second cart also functions as an outfeed table for your tablesaw. This is especially handy when using the tablesaw by yourself.
We are so very proud of how this workbench turned out. It is the result of many hours of consideration of how a home woodworking workshop is used, balanced with trying to minimize complexity and materials cost. I wanted this project to be accessible to a new woodworker, but not be something they would outgrow as their skills increased.
We hope you love it as much as we do.