Folding Workbench

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Project by April Wilkerson posted 01-23-2015 05:42 PM 8706 views 23 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past week I built my neighbor a folding workbench for his garage. It’s a 3/4” top and 2×4s for everything else. I used a piano hinge to make it fold and scraps for a simple latch.

I have a full step by step guide posted on my blog if you would like more specifics.


-- Wilkerson

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#1 posted 01-23-2015 06:04 PM

great work April love the design

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#2 posted 01-23-2015 06:30 PM

April is super resourceful- makes watching her videos inspiring since they are straightforward. Great work and thank you for helping inspire us!

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#3 posted 01-23-2015 06:44 PM

That looks like the perfect idea to us in my garden shed that is going to be built this spring.
Thank you for the idea..

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#4 posted 01-23-2015 06:52 PM

I like the idea and have used it myself years ago when sharing my shop with a car…but I found once the bench was down I would always have it loaded with stuff when time came to put it away. A good way to keep your hand tools put away when you are finished working with them.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 01-23-2015 07:05 PM

Love it April – great for maximizing space

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#6 posted 01-23-2015 07:33 PM

This looks Great!

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#7 posted 01-23-2015 07:59 PM

April, Excellent way of getting a quick work surface and still be able to store it against the wall. Nice work and a great idea. Keep up the good work.

-- Jay-- Cabinet Technology

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#8 posted 01-23-2015 08:18 PM

You know I see stuff like this and then kick myself for not thinking of it. Specifically the way you made that stop for the legs.

Simple and functional.

I may steal this idea in my shop. ;)

Great work!

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#9 posted 01-23-2015 08:31 PM

Great design and execution, Kudo’s to you

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 01-23-2015 09:08 PM

Looks VERY functional! Thanks for sharing

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#11 posted 01-23-2015 10:59 PM

I think you will have a happy neighbor.
Fine simple idea from standard items, that’s a fine idea.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 01-24-2015 01:04 AM

Very efficient design—I’ll bet your neighbor gets a lot of good use out of it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#13 posted 01-24-2015 03:05 AM

Nice job, April. I really like the design.


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#14 posted 01-24-2015 04:34 AM

Simple build and on the cheap. What else could you ask for. Looks to be very effective.
Good job explaining things in the video of your blog.

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

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#15 posted 01-24-2015 01:01 PM

Nice space saving table!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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