This DIY workbench does it all! It features a T-track top for clamping, shelves for storage, and wheels to move it around the shop or garage!
I’m always improving my workshop, and this is my biggest upgrade yet! I created a mobile workbench with tons of storage, plus a T-track workbench top and accessories to make assembly a breeze. Don’t forget to download the free DIY workbench plans below so you can build your own!
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In a small workshop like mine, every inch counts. When each tool has a home, they’re easier to find and more likely to be put away properly. I never have to hunt for sandpaper anymore thanks to my sander and sandpaper storage box, and my cordless drills have their own spots too.
But my collection has grown, and these new tools were getting dumped into the corner or shuffled around and lost. They need their own homes!
I was also running into another problem. My Kreg workbench is great, but has its limitations. I can only clamp along the outside edges, and the narrow surface makes it difficult to build larger pieces.
Luckily, Rockler makes the perfect workbench top with built in T-tracks for clamping in any position! They hooked me up with all the clamps and accessories I needed to create the ultimate mobile assembly table for my workshop!
Here’s how to make your own mobile workbench with storage!
Materials Needed for DIY workbench
- Rockler 28″ x 40″ T-track workbench top and accessories
- 2 sheets of 3/4″ plywood
- Pocket hole jig
- 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
- Workbench casters
- Small L brackets with 3/4″ wood screws
- Measuring tape
- Table saw, circular saw or track saw
- You can also have the plywood pieces cut to size for you at the store! I usually have plywood cut down into manageable sizes first so I can fit it in my car.
How to Make a Rolling Workbench with Storage
Download the Plans
Before I start any build, I make a 3D model in SketchUp first. I started by measuring all the tools I wanted to store, and came up with a configuration that would fit them all with room to grow.
I’ve included the model of my exact set up, plus a blank one so you can customize the shelves to fit your needs. You can get the free woodworking plans by clicking the button below!
Drill Pocket Holes
There are a LOT of pocket holes in this build! I could have used dados, but I wanted flexibility in the shelf placement.
The base of the mobile workbench is shaped like an H, with a divider through the center. That divider gets pocket holes drilled all the way around.
The sides have pocket holes on one end, and the bottom and all the shelves have pocket holes in both of the shorter ends. Check the plans to make sure you have them all in the right spots. It’s easier to drill them all at once, rather than going back and forth to the pocket hole jig!
Build the Base
Start by attaching the bottom piece to the sides with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. I used Rockler’s corner clamping jig to hold the sides in place while I screwed everything together.
These Clamp-It clips hold the corners together at the top, and act as another set of hands!
Next, slide the center divider in between the two sides and position it at the depth you want your shelves to be. Hold the middle piece vertically by clamping a square against it while you drive in the screws.
Finally, attach the top of the box with more pocket hole screws. You could just use the T-track top, but I wanted the extra stability underneath.
Attach the Shelves
Each shelf in this DIY workbench is custom sized to fit my tools, so your configuration may be different. I just placed each item inside the base (like this scroll saw) and marked the height plus an inch or so of wiggle room.
Then I used the squares and clamps to hold the shelf at that height while I screwed it in place.
I didn’t have a specific tool in mind for the other two shelves, so they’re just installed evenly in between.
The other side of the rolling workbench will house my Festool Systainers (I’m always searching Craigslist for deals on these tools!), and small part bins. I measured the width of the boxes first.
Then I added a divider down the middle, using a square to keep everything straight.
Install these shorter shelves starting at the top, so it’s easier to reach the pocket holes. Make sure you leave enough space to get your fingers around the bins to pull them out! You could also use a shelf pin jig to make the shelves adjustable.
Each systainer now has its own shelf, instead of stacking them all up in the corner!
Install the Workbench Casters
Almost all the big pieces in my workshop, like the miter saw stand and the benchtop tool stand, are on casters. This is great for mobility, but sometimes I find them a bit too mobile! Even when the wheels are locked, they can still move around when a little force is applied.
This time, I’m using these workbench casters from Rockler instead. They lift up the entire workbench when you want to move it, but it rests fully on the ground when you want stability!
Since the sides of the mobile workbench are only 3/4″ thick, I doubled it up with scrap plywood under the brackets. Predrill holes through the scrap pieces first, then clamp them to the sides at the height indicated in the instructions.
Screw the casters to the side of the workbench through the predrilled holes in the scrap wood.
When it’s time to move it out of the way, you can put your workbench on wheels with a press of your toe! (sparkly Chucks optional, of course! 😉 )
Attach the T-Track Workbench Top
I had originally planned to screw the T-track top on straight through the plywood top, but the shelves were in the way! Luckily, I had a few of these small L brackets laying around the shop, so I used those instead.
Attach Accessories to the Sides
I really wanted to make this workbench into the perfect assembly table for all my builds. That means keeping everything I need close at hand!
The bracket attaches right to the side of the workbench. I can either grab the glue bottle and screws straight from there, or remove the bins entirely to bring them up to the work surface.
Below that is the bench cookie storage center. I’m ALWAYS losing these, so it will be great to have them all in one spot!
The other side of the mobile workbench will house all the t-track attachments. They easily clip into the slots on these racks.
DIY Workbench In Action
I’m amazed at how functional and useful this mobile assembly table is! It combines everything I wanted into one compact unit!
All that extra storage is great, but this is no ordinary workbench! The T-track top will keep my work in place while I sand, saw and screw.
One of my favorite features is the combination of work gripper cookies, t-track risers and the flex hold arm. Now I can use the jigsaw without accidentally cutting into the workbench top, and the Dust Right wall mount dust collector whisks away sawdust at the same time!
If I’m working on a messy glue up or painting a project, I just roll out the silicone mat to catch any drips before it gets in the tracks.
When I’m done for the day, the whole workbench rolls right next to the window and out of the way!
I’m really happy with how my workshop is shaping up! I still have a couple more shop storage projects planned, but it’s getting there! 🙂
Check out some of my other workshop projects below!
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