Flip Top Assembly Table

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Project by Craig posted 01-26-2008 03:25 AM 5158 views 18 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a bigger assembly table but didn’t have the room because I have to move everything against the wall to park both cars in the garage.

So I came up with a 39”X39” torsion box table that flips up and only takes up 25” of floor space! I built it 36” tall so i can also use it as an infeed table with the table saw.

The base is made from 3/4 MDF & the torsion box is made from 1/2 MDF with a Hardboard top and wrapped in Maple.

-- Woodbutcher extraordinaire

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#1 posted 01-26-2008 03:30 AM

GREAT Table – good looking and extremely functional – the top with the maple trim is classic…what type of hindge did you use for the flip top.

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#2 posted 01-26-2008 03:48 AM

Pretty cool! A great space saver.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-26-2008 04:30 AM

I like it!

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#4 posted 01-26-2008 04:40 AM

Great space saving idea.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 01-26-2008 05:01 AM

Very cool! How did you construct the base? Is it all plywood?

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#6 posted 01-26-2008 05:06 AM

great job!!! the flip top is great!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 01-26-2008 05:16 AM

Hummm, now you got me thinking. My workshop is in the garage too! Neat idea.

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#8 posted 01-26-2008 05:59 AM

That is a really innovative idea. A lot of us could use space saving tools like this in our shops.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 01-26-2008 06:27 AM

Great idea!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 01-26-2008 07:01 AM

Very clever idea. It’s interesting how creative that “lack of space” issue makes us. Good solution to your space shortage.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 01-26-2008 07:37 AM

Nice design – almost too nice for shop furniture.

-- Marge, Colorado

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#12 posted 01-26-2008 11:26 AM

There you go Craig! Adapt and overcome! I’ve got first hand experience of working out of a functional two car garage and can tell ya, there’s a lot of toys I want but can’t fit them in. That’s sooo sad. So I too have to adapt to it.

I like the trim work on this! Now ya need to do the same with your workbench too! By the way, adding a shelf under the workbench will strengthen those legs and give you much more storage!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#13 posted 01-26-2008 04:36 PM

Thanks for looking.

The base is built from 3/4” MDF with Plywood shelfs. I used dowels to attach the legs to the stretchers and used splined miters to attach the sides together. (had never done that and wanted to practice) I had to splay the legs outward to make it stable when the top is flipped up. The hinges were just a couple of regular door hinges.

-- Woodbutcher extraordinaire

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#14 posted 01-26-2008 04:38 PM

Nice idea and execution.

-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD

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#15 posted 01-26-2008 05:28 PM


Having limited workshop space, sure causes us to be creative and deliberate in our workshop design. Very attractive and functional assembly table.


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