BMF fold down work tables

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Project by Homebrew posted 473 days ago 3071 views 18 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some fold down work tables that I made using cherry and ambrosia maple, plus a couple of 2×4s…
Drilled 20mm holes for festool accessories. I’ll eventually add front rails with dog holes for vertical clamping needs like hinge mortising, edge routing, etc. I only use them for light duty needs, but they hold up very well especially for the minimal hardware involved.

There is also the tool cabinet in the pictures, made using mostly white oak, and some particle board veneered in quarter sawn that I salvaged from an old bookcase.

If I remember correctly, I found both plans out of Shopnotes, but I changed mine up quite a bit. I didn’t use full legs on mine, or full side supports, or the swing brackets. Just simple hinges is enough to keep everything in place and hold strongly even when under heavy pressure. On the cabinet, I used drawer slides for the sliding action too, not what the plans called for.

-- Scott Rieman

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#1 posted 473 days ago

Turned out quite nicely Scott… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#2 posted 473 days ago

Great idea! I think you just solved some space issues I’ve been looking to tackle! Fantastic!


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#3 posted 473 days ago

Crap! I was going to make one out of MDF. Now I have to rethink my plans…

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at:

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#4 posted 473 days ago

Great space saver!

-- It's all in a day's work...

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#5 posted 473 days ago

Stumpy – funny. I was going to make mine out of mdf so I could cut and drill on top without sweating, but my milling techniques need a lot of practice, hence the hardwood. Plus, I’m able to get most of my cherry and my maple for 2 1/2 bucks or less a bf. All of this stuff, I only paid $2 a bf.

-- Scott Rieman

#6 posted 472 days ago

Woodworkers (and lumberjocks in particular) seem to be given to using acronyms.
I can usually figure out the common ones, such as TS, ROS, BS (bandsaw not the other BS), SS (ShopSmith), and so forth, but I don’t get BMF!
I know, I know, there are many things I don’t “get”.
I usually prefer plainly spoken words instead of abbreviations, but my brief research on BMF revealed a somewhat shocking street expression I’d rather not see spelled out here.
Is that what it means?

Oops, that’s an acronym, isn’t it?

Don “Dances With Wood” Butler
There, that’s better!

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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#7 posted 472 days ago

Jules Winnfield is a bmf.

-- Scott Rieman

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#8 posted 472 days ago

I thought the military was big on acronyms but the LJers TTC. “Take the cake”

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#9 posted 472 days ago

Very nice tables!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 472 days ago

Great job….is that a custom Kreg jig?


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#11 posted 471 days ago

I do’t get the BMF thing eather but don’t these tables fold up?

-- "Ya but what does he know anyhow?"

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#12 posted 42 days ago

Crap! I was going to make one out of MDF. Now I have to rethink my plans…

- StumpyNubs

I had a friend who teased me for using MDF. Sometimes it was justified, sometimes not. If he even saw a piece of solid wood in my shop, he would wise that he should take it because I wouldn’t know what to do with it. He’s not a friend anymore. I can’t stand people when they know me that well.

Anyway, the tool cabinet is beautiful. Mind sharing some building details? I promise to use real wood.

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