Fold Down - - Work Bench

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Project by doubleDD posted 11-21-2014 02:21 PM 2977 views 7 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of a work bench when you don’t have room for a large one. The size is 27’’ x 68’’. With the top folded down it becomes a cool 27’’ x 50’’. This way I feel I have the best of both worlds.
The fold down is supported by two 2×3’s and 3 heavy duty 4 1/2’’ commercial hinges and strong enough to stand on. Drop leaf hardware was not a option since it didn’t past the test of strength. The top is made from some 2 1/2’’ x 5’’ rough pine pallet wood with one 2×10 Douglas fir I had to purchase. It ended up after sorting and planing thru to a 1 7/8’’ top and that was good enough for me. I mortised most of the leg work and used some screws and 3/4’’ dowel rod to make it rigid.
I added a Maple skirt on 2 sides and Brazilian rosewood on one end to finish it off. The other end is rounded and serves a purpose of me having enough room to maneuver around without bumping my gut.
The front vise and side vise were placed to fit my needs and only cost me $62 with shipping from e-bay. I used some walnut, maple, and bamboo for pads on both vises. The finish is BLO and mineral spirits with a final coat concoction of BLO, mineral spirits and urethane.
This is a great assembly, squaring, clamping, planing, table without sacrificing all the room except when I need it.
My total cost was under $80 and that was mostly from the vise. It ended up being a great replacement of my old 24’’ x 36’’ table.
Thanks for looking, comments welcome.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 11-21-2014 02:59 PM

Keep doing the clean work Dave, love the bench

and the finish is great as well, very good.

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#2 posted 11-21-2014 03:00 PM

That’s a great space saving idea. Nice job.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#3 posted 11-21-2014 03:00 PM

Nice. Looks very sturdy and it’s GOTTA be a blessing to have in place of the old one

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 11-21-2014 03:28 PM

Grat job—congratulations on the design, construct and extra work surface(s).

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 11-21-2014 03:30 PM

Nice work Dave. Came out great. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#6 posted 11-21-2014 03:34 PM

Way to go Dave
That looks very nice and sturdy and the drop down section is a great idea ,the rounded end is also a good way to keep the hips happy when working in close quarters .
Enjoy your new bench !!!!!!!!!!!!


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 11-21-2014 03:36 PM

Very nice bench! Nice Idea! I need one too!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#8 posted 11-21-2014 03:52 PM

Nice bench and a great idea for a small shop!!!

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#9 posted 11-21-2014 04:40 PM

I really like the rounded end feature Dave, no telling how many bruises you will avoid by doing that. Great job!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#10 posted 11-21-2014 05:23 PM

That is awesome. I love the design that you came up with. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 11-21-2014 05:51 PM

My next project for sure. Great design.

-- It always seems impossible until it's done - Nelson Mandela

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#12 posted 11-21-2014 05:55 PM

Nice job Dave….know who I am gonna call next time I need a bench overhaul!!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#13 posted 11-21-2014 05:59 PM

Thanks everyone for such a nice reply. I was worried about what some of the great bench makers might think of the folding leaf end, but we all have our own needs and that’s what keeps us thinking.

waho6o9, John, thank you very much.

JoeinGa, yes it is. It replaced a 24’’ x 36’’ table.

John, thanks, the extra work surface was needed desperately, but now only when needed.

R_Stad, thanks for the kind reply.

Klaus, yes it will save my hips. I was waiting for your new design for the leg vise. Will be checking it out and contacting you if needed.

Tony we all need a good bench that fits our needs, only a lot of us don’t have the room. This may help a few out there.

Greg72, thanks.

Lee, thanks. No bruises makes me happy. Besides I think it looks cool too.

Hoss, thanks I hope it will work for others.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 11-21-2014 06:03 PM

ChiefT, good luck and I hope you can use some of the design.

Buster, thanks. I’ll call you for the refurbish job when needed. You did a nice job on yours. Oh, and I’m going to install a cup holder somewhere. ha ha

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 11-21-2014 06:41 PM

In my shop, that would be TOO nice to use. Great job on the design, the vises, and the woods used. You may have only 80.00 in it but it is worth a fortune.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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