Collapsible Workbench, Building Instructions

(10 customer reviews)


One Minute Workbench, Version 1

Includes both U.S. Dimensions AND Metric Dimensions!

Build your own collapsible workbench with these DIY plans! The plans were written specifically with beginners in mind.

Read the full description below, or watch the video here.

When you order:

  • 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 will show you how to build this collapsable workbench, step by step. It should cost you less than $100 for all the materials, and they should all be available at your local home center.

About the plans:

  • Includes Imperial (U.S.) Version
  • Includes Metric Version
  • Easy to follow and very visual (at least one image for every step).
  • Formatted for normal sized (8.5″ x 11″) printer paper, so you can print them at home.
  • Written with beginners in mind.
  • They 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).
    • Instructions on how to obtain all the parts you need from the least amount of materials (with images).
    • A separate set of instructions for building the Twin Screw Vise.

These are very detailed instructions, so even if you’re a beginner, these plans should make it a fairly easy build.

Workbench Features:

  • Compact & Space Saving
  • Stores Easily
  • Sets up in less than a minute
  • Accommodates:
    • Table Saw
    • Miter Saw
    • Provides area underneath top for handtools
    • Provides area underneath main unit for compressor, vacuum, etc.
  • Collapsible
  • Portable
  • Compact when collapsed


  • Collapsed: 35″ wide x 15″ deep x 48″ tall
  • In Use: 96″ wide x 35″ deep x 35.5″ tall
  • Work Surface: 48″ wide x 32.5″ deep x 35.5″ tall

Metric Dimensions:

  • Collapsed: 88.9cm wide x 38.1cm deep x 122cm tall
  • In Use: 240cm wide x 88.9cm deep x 90.2cm tall
  • Work Surface: 120cm wide x 82.6cm deep x 90.2cm tall

It’s designed around compact type table saws and miter saws. Here’s a list of saws I’m sure it works with:

Miter Saws:

  • DeWalt DW713 15-Amp 10″ Compound Miter Saw
  • DeWalt DW715 15-Amp 12″ Compound Miter Saw
  • Ryobi 9-Amp 7-1/4″ Compound Miter Saw
  • Rigid 10″ Dual Bevel Miter Saw

Table Saws:

  • Bosch GTS1031 10″ Worksite Table Saw
  • DeWalt DW745 Compact Job Site Table Saw
  • Makita 10″ Table Saw Model 2705

Don’t see your saw listed? Send me an email with the make & model #. I’ll check to see if it’ll work and get back to you right away!

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

  • Table Saw
  • 18 or 16 gauge brad nailer (I used an 18 gauge from Harbor Freight…it was only $20 and I can’t believe how great it works!)
    • You’ll need an air compressor to run the nailer (unless your nailer is electric).
  • Miter Saw
    • You could get away with a hand saw if you are very experienced with one, but I really don’t recommend it.
  • Jig Saw
  • Drill
    • With hole boring bit that is anywhere from 1″-2″ in diameter.

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

10 reviews for Collapsible Workbench, Building Instructions

  1. Broc

    This is a great set of instructions and provides a great product that is easy to store! We chose to use a more finished product for the “top” piece and finish it with some clear poly. Its a great top surface. Very square. Ive even added a small homemade moxon vice. Great set a designs for the beginner and the expert. My dad and I built this in a single day!

  2. Jeff

    I have not built this yet, but plan to soon. After seeing the video I quickly realized this was perfect for my needs. This will fit in my truck and allow me to setup a work area at my sons house when we work on his fixer-upper. It can be easily stored away as well. It really is perfect for any handyman. This is a great idea and well worth $10.

  3. Dave

    I love this work bench. The plans were very easy to follow and the build was pretty inexpensive. I’ve used it dozens of times since I built it and it’s made my life so much easier in so many ways. I’m going to build another one for my father-in-law in the next few weeks too! My one complaint would be in the leaving out of an air compressor from the list of tools required to build the bench. It would be a nightmare to build without a nail gun and while, as it mentions in the instructions, you can get one at Harbor Freight for $20* it does you no good without an air compressor to run it.

    *Beware of the $20 gun from Harbor Freight, I bought one and it got me through the build of the bench and halfway into some custom Christmas decorations, but like most power tools I pick-up there, died prematurely. You get what you pay for, treat yourself to a decent gun.

    Thanks for the awesome review, Dave! Dave holds the title for first picture in the customer gallery, be sure to check it out here!

  4. Guido

    Worth every penny, he even was kind enough to convert all the units in the document for me as I’m clueless about the imperial system.

    Great guy and great work!

    • Tommy Rich (verified owner)

      Thank you for the awesome review!

  5. Quentin (verified owner)

    Great work bench! Has served my needs and purposes to the fullest. It was a perfect build for a beginner woodworker like myself. I do think there is great value in first building your own work shop before building things for others. Great customer service. I was unaware of the time limit on the plans and Tommy gladly extended it for me at no cost. He always made sure to let me know he was there for any questions. A great characteristic of mentor ship!

    • Tommy Rich (verified owner)

      Thank you for the wonderful review, Quentin! I hope the workbench serves your needs for a long time to come!

  6. Steven (verified owner)

    Clear instructions, Easy build. Great workbench!
    Nice and compact in my small tool shed.
    Thanks for converting to the metric system, some inconvienient millimeter measurements sometimes, but with some tweaking here and there it was ok. (different sizes of lumber in EU)

    Important: when you adjust the metric measurements of the opening in the inner ribs make sure not the decrease the size. The fit of the two sawhorses and sidetables is real tight.

    Looking forward to the next projects!

    • Tommy Rich (verified owner)

      Steven, thank you for that wonderful review and the helpful tips regarding the project!

  7. Brad Galdeen (verified owner)

    Great plans. Easy to follow. Well written. It took me 2 days to build this but I works great I just used it for my first project. Thank you so much for all your hard work. Your skill level is top notch as far as making a set of plans that anyone can follow. I would give you 6 stars if I could.

  8. Albert (verified owner)

    Great set of plans, I have not tried to build it yet, I use an unheated workshop and
    it is to cold for my old body. But It will be the second thing I build this sprint.

    • Tommy Rich (verified owner)

      Albert, thanks for taking the time to review the plans! I look forward to seeing how you like the project once it warms up a bit!

  9. Brian Adams (verified owner)

    I’m a contractor who works on short duration, high quality projects. As such I was in search for a mobile workstation that didn’t take up a great deal of space, but offered a sizable work surface and accommodates the two most used tools in the profession – a chop saw and table saw. The One Minute Workbench fit the bill. The order was seamless. Tommy Rich provided exceptional customer service with immediate replies to the few questions I had. The plans were exacting and very easy to follow. My finished One Minute Workbench was perfect in every dimension! This was a great find and has only made my job easier!! Thanks Tommy.

    • Tommy Rich (verified owner)

      Brian, thank you so much for that awesome review!!

  10. Mike (verified owner)

    I really like your website, Tommy. I have recently moved, so haven’t had any time to set up my new shop. I will be starting with the plans for the collapsible workbench. All the plans that I got from your website are really well designed. Your’s is still my favorite vlog,

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