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Workshop Organization

Spring cleaning is in full swing! Time to organize your workshop and give yourself more space to build and assemble your projects quickly. Use these workshop plans to save space and add endless amounts of storage and organization to your workshop. Time to DIY it.

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  • Didn't know that the Ryobi drill holder would attach to peg board. Great idea.
    By somebodylaughed_101843, on May 2, 2016


  • As usual, you rock Serena! Choosing a prize will be so much fun if I win this month's Ryobi giveaway.
    By nita, on May 3, 2016

  • This is a fantastic storage idea, for a garage or shed or basement!! The wood bin is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!!
    By PatriciaB63, on May 4, 2016

  • Love the idea here why not uses something you already have. I'm in the process of updating our kitchen was wondering what to do with 3 uppers cabinets turn them into garage cabinets always in need of more storage. With your detail instruction I will be the envy of the neighborhood. Thanks Again
    By denisebarkel, on September 28, 2016
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  • That is a Cool idea!
    By Ted L., on February 16, 2016

  • This is nice... I'm just happen to see this but I'm design my drawers slide box for my suv. It's half the length of your... Thanks for sharing your built.
    By Spyderx92, on February 16, 2016

  • Tom, Great idea. I have two homes and making sure you have the right tool at the location you are working is important. Happy Creating, Karen Marie Dragonfly & Lily Pads
    By Dragonfly & Lily Pads, on February 16, 2016

  • Tom, Nice build! And using the boxes as additional work area by flipping them over is a great idea. Did you use any drawer guides for the pull-outs?
    By mimeyer11, on February 19, 2016

  • Awesome project Tom. It's a damn shame I can't vote for you! This is way cooler and definitely more original.
    By BigSexy, on February 23, 2016

  • Thank you all for the LOVE. The truck bed work station was a fun build. Great question about the drawer guides. Answer: I kept this very simple and rugged because hey,....it is a work station for the truck. Also because of the weight of the tools inside I did not want drawer guides to add extra friction and make them harder to pull out. What I did do was leave plenty of room on all sides of the drawers from the housing, this allowed the drawers freedom and again less friction. And to help cover up these large gaps on the drawer face 1 added aluminum angles , to fill the gap, add durability, ohh and look so COOL.....
    By Tom Bury, on February 29, 2016

  • Great project! My truck is screaming for it. Nice job! Mitch
    By cetaco, on March 21, 2016

  • AWESOME IDEA I love it I am going to have to build one
    By mpeaslee, on March 23, 2016
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  • Ana and Jacob - I love this project! Curt has been looking for a build for my tools over at Hello I Live Here - Totally building and voting for your project! extremely useable
    By Hello I Live Here, on February 16, 2016

  • Thanks Ana for another great project!
    By Jeff Projects, on February 17, 2016

  • Great idea. I really like the versatility of your project.
    By gaga, on February 18, 2016

  • I love the flexibility! Got my vote
    By Gumball14, on February 18, 2016


  • Ana & Jacob, This is a great build! I've been looking for a way to store my tablesaw, planer and other small tool, but still have them easy to get at... This gets my vote and I may have just found my next project! Thanks.
    By mimeyer11, on February 19, 2016

  • Nice project and looks like a fun build.
    By budah2025, on February 19, 2016

  • Fantastic design and perfect for my small basement shop. You got my vote. Thanks.
    By Fred58, on February 27, 2016

  • Love all things Ana White
    By Old carol, on February 27, 2016

  • As always, you two are creative power house. Got my vote for simplicity, durability, space saver and of course design. Thank you for the plan. Revital
    By Tali, on March 2, 2016

  • This will be the first project built in our first house. Amazing.
    By Kamar, on March 10, 2016

  • Love this design, you killed it. I will be building this as soon as my wife has her yard sale and I can get my garage back
    By Christian67, on March 20, 2016

  • Looks like a nice design. Am I missing something, or on the 12th step so to say have the plywood on the wrong side?
    By m3rdpwr_1148, on March 20, 2016

  • HI Ana, Thank you for this project. I am in the process of redoing my stained glass students work area and my wood working area. I plan to build your workstation but have one question. On the specs it says to use 2" staples. I have the Ryobi 18 ga crown stapler but it only takes up to 1 1/2" staples. Will the 1 1/2" be good enough?
    By elf, on March 20, 2016
    • Hi Elf I had the exact same question about staples lengths as you. What did you end up doing? Following Ana's advice in the comments and using bigger screws for attaching 1-1/2" thick material? Thanks Caleb
      By calebsandfort, on September 17, 2017

  • Awesome. Just what I needed to help organize my confined space. I'm still looking for some highly effective mitersaw dust collection for a stationary 12 inch saw. I've built some event hoods and modified the saw dust collection port. I do have an efficient dust collection system already & the added covenience of a great Ridgid shop vac & cyclone. If you guys have a suggestion, I'm all ears. I would like to incorporate something with your well thought out design here. It would take it up a notch for me. Keep at it folks. Love seeing your ideas! Thanks again! Mitch
    By cetaco, on March 21, 2016

  • Thanks everyone for all the nice comments! So glad you like this plan! Brimac - You can use 1-1/2" staples as long as you are attaching 3/4" material to something, but if you are attaching 1-1/2" thick material, will need to go up to bigger screws. Sorry for the confusion there. cetaco - we left the space under the mitersaw for a vacuum to attach to the saw. That will help out quite a bit. We have a hood on our saw at home that we built and honestly it doesn't do a whole lot of improvement over just the vac setup. Having the vac under the saw is nice because it's easy to disconnect and clean up the area too. Let me know if you come up with a good solution for the fine dust though! m3rdpwr_1148 - here's the plan download with the step instructions http://eff5c75290b0e498bfcc-cdb2fd2cc8e016557784fa363a2704b5.r93.cf1.rackcdn.com/pdf/ana%20white%20workbench%20ryobi%20benchtop%20tool%20update.pdf
    By Ana White, on March 21, 2016

  • Thanks. 6 sheets of plywood for this project. I don't think I even have the time to pick up 6 sheets, let alone the time to build it! Some day...
    By m3rdpwr_1148, on March 22, 2016

  • I totally need this in my life!
    By Angiover, on April 6, 2016

  • it would be awesome if it was a full portable rolling work station. Im going to be making it in an enclosed trailer and want to be able to roll it on and off, gonna see what i come up with and might even build a built in sliding compartment on the back for a thick peice of plywood to be able to roll each peice into a house..... really love your idea, keep up the awesome work and cant wait to see future projects. Got my vote!!
    By Joe_Of_All_Trades_242, on July 24, 2017

  • Hi Ana. Great project and about to start up this next week. I see on the xtra cart with the table saw, you cut fence guides into the plywood counter top right? How did you do that? Plus does the shelf the table saw sits on pull out and drop to allow the saw to drop down? Since the top of the table saw sits just above the cart top in the photo, I am assuming it will not fit under the main bench top correct? Thank you and cant't wait to get started.
    By DrG, on November 6, 2017

  • Nice work! I have a plan very similar to this on paper right now, but this is so much nicer to see it already done! Will use some of your plans instead, sure they make for a better bench!
    By Txgent10, on November 17, 2017

  • Nice work! I have a plan very similar to this on paper right now, but this is so much nicer to see it already done! Will use some of your plans instead, sure they make for a better bench!
    By Txgent10, on November 17, 2017

  • I built this a few months ago and, overall, I like it. But, as I try to reduce the dust from the miter saw (and who doesn't), the open miter stand doesn't help. I've purchased a hood for the miter dust and have attached it to dust port, which reduces the dust significantly, but dust still coats whatever is on the carts' shelves that face the miter stand. I'll be modifying mine by closing the spaces at the bottom of the miter saw stand, which should help. Overall, I still like it and greatly appreciate Ana's creativity. 

    By user_bailey_1673437, on November 23, 2020
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  • Its interesting of how they used multiple pieces instead of a 4x4.
    By Ted L., on February 16, 2016


  • Spot on for city dwelling, or any dwelling at that!
    By AlwaysAloha, on February 17, 2016


  • Nice idea for an outside bar.
    By Mtyman5477, on February 18, 2016

  • Original approach. Very unique and at a quick glance of the photos it looks almost like bamboo. You got my vote!
    By BigSexy, on February 23, 2016

  • thanks for designing one for us small apartment renters. I'm definitely going to give this a go!
    By stobor, on March 18, 2016

  • Nice. But no comment about the door support made of black pipe. Looks as to swivel to the side when not needed to help hold the "desk top " in place. That is most interesting. thanks
    By serviceis_13896, on March 19, 2016

  • Love the design, good job! I am building something similar and will include much of your design. Instead of the pipe and chains for support, I am planning to build a set of right angled triangles that mount to the wall on hinges. What do you think? Cheers, Jordan
    By JordanL, on March 19, 2016

  • this is something even I can make
    By sherrymontez, on March 19, 2016

  • @Ted L. - Maybe for looks and laminated is stronger than a single piece.
    By m3rdpwr_1148, on March 20, 2016

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