Folding workbench (2x8 ft or 4x8 ft) with lower deck tool storage

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Project by CatiaMan posted 07-26-2009 06:00 AM 7389 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Why a folding workbench? When the weather turns cold, I roll it inside where limited space makes it impractical to have a full time 4 ft wide foot print. In fact, the only time I need it 4 ft wide is when I occasionally cut a 4×8 panel. The lower deck storage is proving to be very handy. Here are more pic’s of how I built it:

My ultimate goal is to build a signature workbench but I wanted to build an inexpensive (but functional) prototype first, so I used fir ply and 2×4’s for this project. I used barrel hinges so that when the bench is folded out they are below the surface and unlikely to damage a circular saw blade should I accidentally cut into the bench top but in retrospect, they are not worth the incredible trouble it took to install them which includes epoxy reinforcement of the plies (near each hinge) and a drill jig to get the holes exactly on center and they still pose a minor threat to a circular saw blade when the bench is folded up so they will not be used on the next version. Plain old recessed hinges and a sacrificial board to protect the workbench = KIS. Later this year I plan to add a wood vice and pin holes.

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#1 posted 07-26-2009 06:58 AM

Very clever and handsome too. I’m sure you could sell a bunch of these as not many wood or craft workers have a lot of room to work.

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#2 posted 07-26-2009 07:18 AM

I certainly like the support pulls. Adds a nice “touch.”

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#3 posted 07-26-2009 12:59 PM

Nicely done. Very well done indeed.


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#4 posted 07-26-2009 03:10 PM

This is an interesting concept for a bench. I can see where it would be a nice addition for those of us with smaller shops. Not only do you get a pretty solid bench but it can also be a good assembly table for large projects, handling full size sheet goods, etc. when needed.

Adding a vice will improve the functionality of this bench.

Nice idea.

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#5 posted 07-26-2009 03:40 PM

What Scott said. :-)

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#6 posted 07-26-2009 03:51 PM

Great concept, I starterd with a very (VERY) small shop and this would have come in handy.

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#7 posted 07-26-2009 04:35 PM

Great design great Idea well done

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#8 posted 07-26-2009 10:06 PM

Great bench, what everyone else said

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#9 posted 08-13-2009 12:20 AM

Nice workbench.

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#10 posted 03-10-2010 04:45 AM

excellent idea with the folding top…. good for someone with a smaller shop and not a lot of space to dedicate to a larger workbench… nice…

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#11 posted 01-14-2016 04:56 PM

Thank you! More ideas!

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