MicroShop by One Minute Workbench, Building Instructions

(29 customer reviews)


Build your own MicroShop!

Read the full description below.

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Thank you to Carlos Diaz, who has documented his progress while building the MicroShop. Check it out HERE.

You can also check out “The Humming Beard” on YouTube, who is filming his own progress. Check it the playlist by clicking HERE.

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  • You’ll be immediately provided with an instant download link, and
  • A backup copy will be sent to you by email.
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These instructions are a complete step by step guide that will show you how to build the One Minute Workbench MicroShop

This project is designed to be an EASY build – no crazy joinery…HOWEVER….


You MUST have a good understanding of using a table saw in order to build one. There will be parts of this build that will require you to use the table saw while it is partially built. Again you MUST be proficient in table saw use to use a saw in a partially built state. Do NOT attempt any aspect of this project if you feel uncomfortable. You assume all liability for injury or death by proceeding with this project!

About the plans:

  • Formatted for normal sized (8.5″ x 11″) printer paper, so you can print them at home.
  • Includes Imperial (U.S.) version
  • Includes Metric version
  • They also include:
    • A complete shopping list for the materials you need.
    • A complete list of parts you need to cut with all the dimensions necessary (with images).
    • Step by step instructions that accompany and compliment the build video.

About the MicroShop:

  • 30″ (76cm) wide x 20″ (51cm) deep x 15 & 5/8″ (40cm) tall.
  • Includes a table saw, router table, jigsaw table, 9″ (22.9cm) disc sander, drill press, and oversized miter gauge with extended material support arm.
  • About 17″ (43.2cm) rip capacity (could be modified to do more).
  • Drill press has a 4″ (10.2cm) swing, 3″ (7.6cm) drilling depth, and about 8″ (20.3cm) of height adjust-ability.
  • Disc Sander has a variable angle adjustment, anywhere from 90 to 180 degrees.
  • Designed to use high quality Baltic Birch plywood for durability and strength.

Tools required (or at least strongly suggested) to build this project:

  • Circular Saw
  • Jig Saw
  • 23 Gauge Pin Nailer & Compressor (unless your Pin Nailer is electric) (this is optional, but HIGHLY recommended)
  • Drill with the following bits (or metric equivalents): 7/64″ brad point, 1/8″ brad point, 9/64″ metal drilling bit (for pilot holes in saw bases),1/4″ brad point, 5/16″, 5/16″-18 tapping, 3/8″ brad point, 1/4″ spade (long), 3/4″ spade, 7/8″ spade, 1″ spade, 1/4″, router bit, 1/2″ forstner, 7/8″ forstner, 1″ forstner
  • Caliper (Highly Recommended)
  • Wire Strippers
  • Sander/Sandpaper
  • Flat File
  • 9″ Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Sanding Discs (available at Harbor Freight)
  • Hacksaw (or Angle Grinder)
  • Coping Saw (you can get by without this, but it sure made my life easier)

Wondering if your existing tools that will fit?

The guide below shows the overall maximum dimensions of the tools I used. If your tools are smaller than this, they will most likely fit without any modifications needed. If you your tools are larger than this, then you will likely have to modify the tool layout inside the cabinet, or use tools that are smaller. Depending on your specific set of tools, you may have one that is smaller, and one that is larger, in which case you could probably get them all to fit by simply adjusting the tool layout a bit. Measurements are shown both in inches and centimeters:



Because this is a digital product, no refunds are allowed.

29 reviews for MicroShop by One Minute Workbench, Building Instructions

  1. Ian Mackintosh (verified owner)

    Commitments made by Tommy in providing complete sets of plans and then metricating them were met promptly and efficiently. Having reviewed the plans in detail, I am very impressed by the clarity and detail provided. I have purchased plans from other sites and no – one has come close to the professionalism displayed here. Minor queries have been answered promptly. Once my “micro-shop” is completed I look forward to building more of Tommys’ designs. Well done and thank you Tommy.

    • Tommy Rich

      Ian, thank you so much for that wonderful review! Keep me posted!

  2. Raimo Leinonen (verified owner)

    The plans are VERY easy tog follow! Looking forward to build in spring.
    A perfect workbench for my shed (4’x8′)


    • Tommy Rich

      Raimo, thank you for taking the time to write your review! Let me know how it goes in the spring!

  3. Darryl Bertie

    For a newbie like me, I did question the $30, but I am so happy I bought the plans. I found them easy to follow as they are very well details. I am now half way through the build and with any queries, a quick email to Tommy and the response is very quick. I’m so chuffed my micro workshop resembles your one. Very happy customer and $30 well spent. Thank you Tommy.

  4. Cynthia Spring (verified owner)

    I haven’t started the project yet, holidays and family, but I look forward to this build. My brother is awaiting my photos as I build. The instructions seem pretty straight forward.

    • Tommy Rich

      Cynthia, thank you for taking the time to write a review – I look forward to hearing how it goes!

  5. Kimberly L Medley

    The plans are very well written but there are a couple missing pieces, such as what is that piece of metal you’re using for a riving knife. I think I’ll use splitters instead. Still I can’t wait to start building. Thanks for including the shopping list to make it easier.

    • Tommy Rich

      Kimberly, thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! FYI ~ the board splitter details are in Part 1 on page 55. I’ll update the materials list so future customers know – thank you for point that out!

  6. Jann Churchill (verified owner)

    Love the plans as well as the YouTube videos to assist. I’m a beginner but am having a blast with this project!

    • Tommy Rich

      Jann, I’m very happy your having fun with the project! Thanks for taking the time to let everybody know!

  7. Gabe Swan (verified owner)

    I’m an OCD-style neat freak with nearly 900sf of garage space. There are tools I’ve never purchased because of the amount of room they take up for something I’d only use a handful of times a year. I can safely say that this is the coolest, most compact build I’ve ever seen. The plans are exceptionally detailed, Tommy responded to the only question I had so fast it made my head spin. Definitely looking forward to future plans and projects. Thanks, Tommy!

    • Tommy Rich

      Gabe, thank you so much for the awesome review!

  8. Tony King (verified owner)

    The build plans for the Micro Shop are extremely thorough. I’m amazed by the amount of effort that was obviously put in to package this.

    The material list with part numbers made my Home Depot trip so easy. Just punch the part number into the search bar of the Home Depot app and head to the appropriate aisle! Explanations on how to proceed throughout the build are easy to follow and whenever I’ve had a question, Tommy has been very quick to respond. He’s obviously a professional with a great eye who wants me to succeed at this project. I recently had some issues with tearout. He was not only able to guide me in correctly remedying my problem, but was also able to tell me why it had happened and how to avoid it in the future.

    The Micro Shop is a genius idea that will help me accomplish so many other projects in the future! I can’t wait to see what Tommy comes up with next.

    • Tommy Rich

      Tony, I’m very happy that you’re happy, and I appreciate you taking the time to write this awesome review – thank you so much!

  9. claudio

    the project very precise and accurate down to the smallest detail, described in a clear and legible way and impossible to make mistakes even for beginners like me. I congratulate you for how you organized the project as a true engineer, I recommend it to everyone from Italy

  10. Steve (verified owner)

    As a beginner I’m learning a lot by following each step of this project.
    I’m going slowly and trying to be as much precise as needed in mesuring and sawing, thanks to the very good documentation and video provided.
    I have just finished the table saw assembly for now but because of the Covid and the confinement where I live, I can’t go to the hardware store to buy the necessary materials to continue. I can’t wait to finish and to see some other projects from Tommy.

  11. Ben Eggens (verified owner)

    Ik woon in Nederland/ Holland en zag de werktafel op “You Tube”.
    De video’s bekeken en daardoor zo enthousiast geworden, dat ik de bouwtekeningen en de instructie heb besteld.
    Inmiddels het werkstuk gemaakt met de duidelijke aanwijzingen.
    Het was een hele uitdaging , maar het resultaat mag er zeker zijn!
    Ik ben er heel trots op hoe het geworden is!

    • Tommy Rich

      Bedankt dat u de tijd heeft genomen om uw recensie te schrijven. Ik waardeer dit zeer!

  12. Amos cohen

    This project is really amazing.
    I wanted to know if the dimensions of the program you are selling are in inches or inches?

    • Tommy Rich

      Amos, both Imperial (inches) and Metric (centimeters & millimeters) are included with purchase of the plans. I hope this helps!

  13. Dave Everett (verified owner)

    I know how long it takes to make a set of plans for a project, usually many times as long as it does to build the project. Tommy has produced wonderfully detailed plans to go along with his videos. I had an issue with Paypal, Tommy solved it immediately. I had a question about some details in the plans, Tommy answered that immediately. I can’t speak highly enough of his dedication and detail. Thanks Tommy.

    • Tommy Rich

      Thanks, Dave! I’m glad you had a good experience, and I appreciate you taking the time to write a review!

  14. Dean Chanley (verified owner)

    Have recently downsized to a new home to less than half the space I had before. When I came across the videos I watched several times and decided this would work well for me with the smaller space I have available now. I’ve ordered/received the plans and am totally impressed with their layout, instructions, the admission of mistakes/corrections as well as the willingness to recommend alternatives to some parts of the plans/tools/materials. Have not started on it yet–still getting settled in–but will certainly make use of everything in the close future. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to other projects of yours as well.

    • Tommy Rich

      Dean, thanks for taking the time to write this awesome review! I look forward to seeing how the build goes – keep me posted!

  15. Jason (verified owner)

    I purchased the plans after watching the YouTube videos. The plans are comprehensive and look like it will be simple to follow. I had an issue with downloading the plans and finding all pieces needed. Tommy is very responsive and goes out of his way to help. I look forward to starting the project soon and give feedback.

  16. Rich Cory (verified owner)

    I bought these plans as a novice Diyer who wanted a tool to use to help build a garden room. I watched Tommy’s YouTube videos twice before deciding to buy the plans. I live in the uk and having the plans in both measurement formats (imperial vs metric) was really handy.
    I am so pleased with the plans. They are comprehensive and detailed with enough information for anyone who can work systematically to use. I like the way the plans match the videos and how Tommy also shares his mistakes which helps to explain why decisions are made instead of blindly following instructions. For me knowing why certain ideas work and why some do not is valuable.
    Thanks Tommy and I will be looking at the other plans you provide and wish you well with any future ventures you embark upon. Rich

    • Tommy Rich

      Rich, thanks for the awesome review!

  17. Brian Callaway (verified owner)

    Plans are in superb detail and the videos explain everything. Have not started yet but looking forward to building it. Excellent product well worth the price
    Brian Callaway. Uk

    • Tommy Rich

      Brian, thanks for the review! I look forward to seeing how your build goes!

  18. Bryan (verified owner)

    Read through the instructions, very impressed. Easy to understand and thorough. I’,m in the process of building now. Can’t wait to start using it. Thanks Tommy!

    • Tommy Rich

      Bryan, thanks for the review, and good luck on finishing up the project!

  19. Salim Patel

    I am not a professional and never done any woodwork before, Tommy is very helpful and knowledgeable, he responded within minutes, and I will enjoy my first project as I know Tommy will be available when I need him, even though his plans are very detailed, thanks Tommy.

  20. Peter Henry (verified owner)

    These plans are really well done – nicely laid out and comprehensive. Although I haven’t actually started this project (still locating a source for Baltic Birch Ply in the UK) I am confident they will give all the information I need (especially when combined with the video). One small point, the metric versions appear to be a direct conversion from imperial sizes so the dimensions are not friendly. Sticking with the imperial version should make the build less error prone. Anyhow – thanks Tommy for the ideas and good luck with the channel.

  21. Robert James Cox (verified owner)

    Im just about finished with this. I think there was only 3 or so mistakes in the whole write up – the last 20 pages (Imperial). Which is pretty damn impressive. I thought about making notes of the mistakes, but @ 30 a pop he doesnt need my help! I would of loved to see dust collection in it though! I have started designing a carry case that will double as a lift for the main unit as well as a small workspace!

    • Tommy Rich

      Robert, thanks for the review, and congrats on your progress! Feel free to email me any mistakes you find – the feedback is welcomed. I’ll add them to the list and fix them in the next round of updates. Thanks again and good luck finishing up!

  22. Robert A (verified owner)

    I purchased the plans nearly a month ago. I’m scrounging all the materials and tools first… after that the build is on. I have printed the plans and started studying each phase of the build. Thanks again, Tommy.

    Robert A.

    • Tommy Rich

      Robert, no problem – keep me posted on your progress!

  23. Phil Larson (verified owner)

    The microshop is exactly the kind of solution that I need given that I don’t have room for a garage full of power tools and I am interested in doing casual woodworking projects. I purchased these plans and am very happy with the detail and clarity. The plans, combined with the videos make this project very doable. I reached out to Tommy via email with a rookie question and he responded very promptly with the help I needed. Once I finish the microshop I plan on building more of the projects on One Minute Workbench.

  24. Michael Spears (verified owner)

    Very good design, I had a little trouble with the instructions. Read carefully and review often.

    • Tommy Rich

      Michael, thanks for taking the time to write this review! I’m wondering what trouble you had, so I’ll send you an email to follow up. If there’s anything I can do to improve the plans, I certainly will!

  25. Chris Faust (verified owner)

    I found the metric and standard sizes very helpful. I live in the Philippines and know getting some of the parts will be difficult but having optional sizes is really helpful.

    Building right now – great job on the instructions.

    • Tommy Rich

      Chris, thanks for writing this awesome review – good luck with the rest of the build!

  26. Bart

    This project turned out to be a great kick start of my woodworking / DIY adventure. In my current place I have not got a proper workshop space but I still managed to complete 80% (as of today) of this using widely available tools. I also started my tiny YT channel motivated by how easy was to read the detailed plans and build along. That could be best $30 spent this year!

    • Tommy Rich

      Bart, thanks for taking the time to write this review, and to share about your build along the way! For anyone wanting to check out the video documentation of Bart’s build, you can find his YouTube channel by clicking here.

  27. Jim Price (Ex-P.Eng) (verified owner)

    Thanks Tommy for inspiring videos. Your plans for are amazingly detailed. I am transferring them to Solidworks 3D. It would have been nice if you could have provided tour 3D model with the purchase. I am modifying it to adapt to a Workmate portable. I will include a smaller variation and will show means of stabilizing using additional struts and some weights. Would be glad to share wit you.

  28. Peter (verified owner)

    This is the first internet project that I felt inspired to try to build myself. This was because I wanted the features offered by this bench design but also it looked to be genuinely interesting to build. I found the build experience to be quite consuming and satisfying. Almost all the issues I experienced were due to my carelessness or plywood warping. The jig saw mounting is a little tight on space though! There are a lot of innovative features in this design and I believe the plans are well worth the price. The biggest improvement I made was replacing the sanding table with a 5 sided box that acts as a table and point for dust extraction (mounted using keyhole hangers). This works very well but you do lose the table angle feature. Overall this bench has exceeded my expectations and has has a lot of use. Thanks Tommy

    • Tommy Rich

      Peter, thank you so much for the awesome review! I’d love to see pics of your build, so feel free to send me an email!

  29. Dieter

    Very comprehensive plans that were clear, where nothing was omitted and simple to follow. Accuracy was spot on and this workbench sits nicely in the garage and can be easily moved from location to location. It really was an enjoyable project to build. Thanks.

    • Tommy Rich

      Dieter, thank you for the awesome review! I’m glad you’re happy with it!

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