How to Build a Folding Workbench

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How to Build a Folding Workbench
(Margaret Telsch-Williams)

Having a sturdy workbench is an asset for any craftsman or craftswoman. However, there are those times when being able to move the bench from one location to another could be useful if done easily. Luckily, you can build a folding workbench where the legs fold in, under the table, to create a simple and movable workbench ready to travel. Gather together your supplies and in a few hours your workbench will be ready to set up or store away.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Two, 1 by 4 inch boards, 2 feet long for ends
  • Two, 1 by 4 inch boards, 4 feet long for sides
  • Hammer and nails
  • One piece of 1 inch thick plywood, 24 by 4 feet 2 inches
  • Four, 3 by 3 inch posts, 3 feet long for legs
  • Four offset "H" hinges with screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Four hook and eye screw locks

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Rest the 4 foot long boards down along a 1 inch side, spaced 22 inches apart. Place the 2 foot long boards on each end. The ends of the 4 foot boards should butt up against the inner sides of the end boards. Nail into place with two nails at each intersection.

  2. 2

    Lay the plywood over top of the frame. Align the plywood to be flush on all sides with the frame with no overhang on either side. Nail through the plywood and into the boards spacing nails every six inches. Flip the workbench over.

  3. 3

    Set the first 3 by 3 inch post upright in one corner of the workbench. Mount a hinge by holding it up to the post edge that faces toward the centre of the table. Screw the hinge into the underside of the workbench and then into the post itself.

  4. 4

    Attach a hook lock by screwing it into the 2 foot long end board about an inch away from the post. Be sure that the hook will reach the post. With the hook attached, screw in the eye screw to the post at the appropriate location on the post for the hook to reach it.

  5. 5

    Place the second post for that end of the workbench four inches away from its corner; placing the post closer to the other attached leg. Add the hinge following the same directions as above as well as the hook and eye screw lock.

  6. 6

    Repeat the process on the opposite end of the workbench for adding the posts to the table. On this end, the post in the direct corner will be opposite the offset post of the other side. This spacing allows for the table legs to close up underneath the workbench without overlapping.

Tips and warnings

  • For easier transport, consider adding a handle to the centre of the plywood on one side of the workbench. When the legs are folded it can help you carry the workbench.

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