Fold Down Workbench

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Project by redryder posted 06-18-2012 09:37 PM 12833 views 13 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grandson always wants to come over and hang out in the shop with me.
He wanted his own space and frankly if he has his own tools I can usually find mine.
I wanted to give him his space and not loose much floor space when he was not here so a knock down workbench seemed like a good solution. The legs fold in and the top folds down.

The workbench is 3/4 Pine over 3/4 MDF. A small Harbor Freight vise clamps projects. Cubbies on the left side to store this and that. A small closet made of pine and cedar on the right for Nerf guns, bow and arrows and boy stuff. An old peg board got some new paint with a light over the top. Hooks on the left for coats and hats and swing out shelves for screw drivers, pliers and such. Stools with flames also from HF.

A big container of “cheese balls” for energy….........................

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

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#1 posted 06-18-2012 09:46 PM

Oh yea… cheeseballls are good. Nice bench also

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#2 posted 06-18-2012 10:07 PM

My wife keeps saying she is going to build a fire under my a$$. Wonder if all I need is new seats.

Great project, Great job.

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#3 posted 06-18-2012 11:43 PM

That is a heck of a cool build for your Grandson Mike.
I bet he loves it, and I also bet he gets plenty of use out of it.
I mean, what’s cooler then hanging out with Grandpa in his shop? Especially when you have your own work area?
(Equipped with a nice workbench, vise, cool stool and cheese balls no less?)

This is one of the best projects I’ve seen in quite a while!

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#4 posted 06-19-2012 12:33 AM

great idea! Perfect space and great solution for space saving.

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#5 posted 06-19-2012 01:20 AM



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#6 posted 06-19-2012 02:05 AM

That is really nice. And it’s great to have the grandkids around. I will be making one something like this one of these days. However the grandson is only 6 months old so I have a few days to come up with a plan.

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#7 posted 06-19-2012 02:58 AM

Very cool idea. I have a 4yo granddaughter I hope some day she will want to hang out in the shop with me she does come out ther now and sweeps the floor well sort of any way

-- My theroy in wood working will be. If I'm not enjoying doing it i won't do it.

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#9 posted 06-19-2012 07:36 AM

very cool I was thinking of doing something similar but with the table surface folding up to become a door to the tool storage. and if anybody reading this has done or seen what I am talking about and can find a link to it I would be eternally grateful as I would like to see somebody else’s take on the design feasibility before I go through the hassle of assembly. Either way yours looks good and should last for a good many years.

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#10 posted 06-19-2012 08:10 AM

Great job Mike. It is never too early to start the next generation of woodworkers on the right track. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#11 posted 06-19-2012 11:23 AM

Nice work, fun and practical. Enjoy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 06-19-2012 12:16 PM

Very nice, I like. Working with grandchildren is a great way to spend time, and it’s never to early to start their woodworking training.
Nice design, so enjoy your time with your grandson. Time well spent, nothing better.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#13 posted 06-19-2012 12:35 PM

Great job and idea. Really like the swing outs!

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

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#14 posted 06-19-2012 02:02 PM

Every child on the planet should have a grandfather like you!
Wonderful project.
Best thoughts,

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

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#15 posted 06-19-2012 07:09 PM

Super cool way to spend time with the Grandson, and it looks like he is on his way to good selection of tools.

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