She's Happy, Me's Happy... (Fold-Away Workbench)

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Project by JR_Dog posted 06-18-2012 02:14 PM 5701 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch


1. More Bench Space Needed in Garage
2. Don’t spend any (which means minimal of course) money
3. Sandra said I do not want to bang my car door against it if I have to pull it into the garage; which is rare but during the winter months is a must from time to time.


Modular/fold-away workbench.

There was an old futon in my attic that I was going to toss out until I realized it was made from Maple. so I disassembled it and also used some other scrap 2×4’s and plywood hanging around and built this bench; keep in mind this is scrap wood so some of it had paint on it and isn’t completely cleaned up yet. Just need to build a stool now since my legs get tired when I’m standing for too long on the cement floor.

The sides and underlying frame are just simple 2×4’s but the bench top is maple with and Antique Oil finish..More coats are needed. The bench is held up with two angle supports that are not screwed in but stay in place from the weight of the bench and can easily be pushed out and stored behind when it’s down – very sturdy when up and I can get it out of the way in less then a minute provided I keep the bench relatively clean; so maybe I can get it down in 10 min ;-)

I still have some tweaking to do to make it look a little nicer but all in all it’s a great space to work on and might have cost me 20 bucks with the swivel pins and screws.


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#1 posted 06-18-2012 03:59 PM

Just wonderful.
She is happy you are happy.
But also – you have a wonderful plave to stand and work, congrat.
Nice bench,

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

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#2 posted 06-18-2012 08:01 PM

Great idea for a space saving design! Good work

-- Ben from IL

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#3 posted 06-18-2012 09:28 PM

Looks good but it would never work for me since for some reason every flat horizontal space in my workshop ends up cluttered with stuff on top of it.

Good idea though in theory. lol

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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Raymond Thomas

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#4 posted 06-18-2012 11:04 PM

As the saying goes “if mama is happy then the whole house is happy”!
Looking good and a great innovation.

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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#5 posted 06-19-2012 02:57 AM

Thanks for the feedback everyone; great to hear from you

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#6 posted 06-19-2012 05:57 AM

This is a great idea. With all the talk of “not enough shop space”, I never understand why these work benches aren’t built more often. Although, you have to be the type to keep them clear of clutter. Nice build…...................

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 06-19-2012 12:39 PM

I did the same thing in my shop. I now have a 9 foot long table broken into three (3) separate parts that are all hinged. Of course mine does not look as nice as yours. :-) But it is a great idea for a small workspace.

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#8 posted 06-19-2012 12:44 PM

A great idea and a space saver too. Good design and finish on it!

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

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#9 posted 06-19-2012 04:00 PM

I just put the second coat of Antique Oil on it this morning… letting it dry – very happy with it and thanks for all the comments! I may get another little side vice so I can place blocks in them and tighten something in the center of the bench… Or I’ll get brave and cut some holes for pegs along the table.. we’ll see.

Thanks everyone

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#10 posted 06-29-2012 05:20 PM

Happy Wife – happy Life! Great idea for those in need of saving space. Love that you used recycled wood and it looks nice and sturdy as well. Thanks for the post.

-- - It's not worth doing if your not willing to do your best.

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