How To Make Your Own Woodworking Bench Top

When you have taken up woodworking, whether or not you should get a work bench top ready made or make it yourself, depends entirely on preference. If you have just got into the woodworking game and do not know how to get started, you can always buy one. But, if you think you are up to the challenge, you can get the plans for a woodworking bench top off of the internet and do whatever you can. The first woodworking bench you make may not turn out to be the best one ever, but if it is usable, than that is all that matters. This article will highlight come of the important points you need to cover when building your very own woodworking bench top.

Cost of a woodworking bench top

This is probably one of the most difficult things to figure out. The price of materials varies according to the place you are in. Unofficial surveys from Quebec to California show a wide variety in the price of hard maple. If you want to go for a cheaper option, you can choose to make your woodworking bench from Yellow Pine. However, the most common materials being used for making woodworking bench tops are Douglas fir and Pine. It is best to get the best and most durable materials to work with, because a woodworking bench top is not something you can make or change every day.

You may not have to do a lot of pondering on the prices of materials, if you choose to buy a ready made one. There are many choices available in the market.  Be sure to carefully look over the bench you are going to buy, do not go for one that only looks good but may not be very durable.

woodworking bench top
Homemade woodworking bench top.


When it comes to convenience, buying a woodworking bench top is going to be a lot more convenient than trying your hand at building one. But, if you buy a low priced one, you may have to spend a lot of your time replacing, repairing and reinforcing different parts, just to be able to use it properly. The style of the workbench has a very serious effect on its functionality. Store bough ones do not allow a lot of space for any changes in style or modification and you become stuck with an inefficient product.


The whole point of choosing to build your own work bench is to build your skills. This is a great project for people who are just starting woodwork.  The typical woodworker’s woodworking bench top has many components, which once you learn to build properly, will help you out with a wide variety of other projects in the future. It is an experience that will give you some very necessary woodworking skills and help you move forward to the next level.


One thing that you cannot get with a store bought woodworking bench top, is the ease of customization. The bench that you make on your own will always have room for customization. You can change whatever you like according to your needs.

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