All Purpose Workstation

workstation completed

Build this stunning wooden workstation from scratch and have the perfect space to do your garden and DIY work at any time of the day or night.


Pine wood (all in millimetres)
4 @ 385 x 022 x 022 (beading for
peg board sides)
4 @ 1030 x 022 x 022 (beading for
peg board top & bottom)
1200 x 96 x 022 (top narrow shelf)
1215 x 565 x 022 (work top)
2 @ 1500 x 68 x 68 (back legs)
2 @ 920 x 68 x 68 (front legs)
4 @ 1030 x 100 x 022 (brace for
front & back)
4 @ 465 x 100 x 022 (brace for sides)
6 @ 1200 x 96 x 022 (slats for
bottom shelf)
1030 x 500 peg board
36 x dowel pins (8 x 035)
500 ml undercoat
500 ml Alpine mist from Plascon
Wood filler (colour Pine)
6 x plastic bottles with metal rack
Woodoc polywax sealer (matt)
30 x full thread screws (4 x 30)


This is what you will need for to make your workstation:

Tape measure, pencil, combination square, mortise gauge, electric cordless drill, sash clamp, fine tooth hand saw, abrasive sponge block set (rough, medium, fine), 8 mm speed bit

workstation diy

On a flat surface, place back and front legs side-by- side and flush on one end. Measure and mark where the dowels will go. Transfer the marks on two sides of each leg. Mark the back legs 20 mm from the top. From the 20 mm mark cut an angle to the corner for the arched brace.

wooden workstation

From the centre of the legs and braces set the mortise gauge to scribe a small mark where the dowels will be inserted. On the braces allow 25 mm from each end.

With the 8 mm speed bit drill holes 18 mm deep where you have marked for the dowels. (Wrap insulation tape around the bit 18 mm from the flat surface.) Once holes have been drilled
apply glue and insert dowels into the brace.

Glue and clamp the side braces to the legs. Allow the glue to dry at least 2 hours before removing the clamps. Once dry, glue and clamp the front and back braces to complete the table frame.

workstation glue

The arched brace allows for an overhang of 80 mm on each side. Pre-drill and countersink 4 screws into the brace to attach it to one of the legs, first applying wood glue to both surfaces. Allow glue to dry before attaching the other end of the brace to the remaining back leg.

workstation measurements

Cut out 68 mm squares from the two back corners of your workstation table top so that it fits neatly against the back legs. Repeat the same on the top narrow shelf as well as two of the bottom shelf slats.

workstation assembly

Mark for dowels to attach the table top to the front legs, fitting the cut out corners against the back legs.

Countersink screws to attach the bottom shelf slats to the bottom braces. You should have 2 slats with cut out corners and 4 without to go between them. Cover all the countersunk screws with woodfiller.

workstation beading

Fit beading around the back legs above the table top to accommodate the peg board. Once the peg board is painted place it in position and fit the beading on the back.

workstation woodoc

Apply 3 coats of Woodoc 5 to the workstation. Allow each coat to dry then sand lightly before applying the next coat. At this point you are ready to customize the bench according to your requirements.

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