My Folding Workbench

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Blog entry by Matt Snyder posted 01-28-2019 10:49 PM 1305 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve got a small wood shop I’ve been building up in my small 14’ x 20’ garage. After picking up a bunch of tools, I realized I needed a better work space than my table saw. In order to conserve precious space, I decided to go with a folding design. In looking for a place to put it, I decided to use the dead air above the steps to the basement.

The first task was to frame in the tool and wood storage area.

For the doors I planed down some 2×4s and mitered the ends. I made this jig to dado spaces for spline joints.

I routed out a mortise for the pegboard and glued it in place.

For the splines I used some black walnut I had laying around.

On one side I have a storage space that will eventually have shelves and drawers. On the left side between the studs I have storage for all my tools in cases.

I am using neodymium magnets to hold the doors closed and made some walnut knobs on the drill press.

For the bench tables I used 3/4” MDF and 2×4 frame. I laminated the top with some wood grain Formica from the Bargain Barn and trimmed it with some Alowood.

To mount it to the wall I used hinges from the ReStore. I added hinges wings that fold against the wall to drop the table down.

The second deeper table was intended to hold my Bosch router table. When I set it up there I realized it was too high and got in the way of the pegboard door.

The only reasonable solution was to build the router into the table. I’ll post the steps in a separate post but it turned out pretty sweet.

I wanted to add ports for my dust collector so I made a sweep port for the long bench and a couple ports for the router and whatever else down the road.

The sweep port was easy because the duct was high enough in the stairway behind it. For the other two I needed something that would hug the wall, so I made a half tube out of the same Alowood. It is 5 sides of an octagon. After making the “tube” I cut three 30° wedges to make a 90° elbow. I added some weather stripping and mounted it to the wall behind the ports.

I added power outlets and a 110v to 12v DC LED light driver. All the lighting I’m doing with LED strip lights. After adding some lights I framed everything in. The bench is complete and ready to start some real projects.

Thanks for reading. I’ll post more in depth details on parts of the project soon.

-- - I learn more from my failures than my successes.

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#1 posted 01-28-2019 11:19 PM

That wooden “tube” is really slick! Nice work!

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#2 posted 01-29-2019 03:29 AM

Very nice job, well thought out.

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#3 posted 01-29-2019 03:29 PM

this is great, you really thought through every step of this project.

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#4 posted 02-04-2019 10:00 AM

It really wasn’t as planned out as you might think. One thing led to another. Ideas were tossed around and improved upon. I wasn’t planning on doing the PVC ducting and power to the bench this winter but my shop buddy Steve made a cool dust sweep out of a solid block of walnut so I had to get the ducting to it. The smaller table was supposed to hold a router table until it became a router table.

The way this project has evolved from the first rough sketch has been very rewarding for me.

It was enough for a start. Once I started putting stuff together it kinda took on a life of its own. Now that it’s done-ish I can move on to actually making stuff. Until the next upgrade.

-- - I learn more from my failures than my successes.

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