Fold-up Workbench

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Project by Woodgineer posted 02-22-2009 07:41 AM 76292 views 40 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this workbench from an old door.

-- Woodgineer, Port Hope, Ontario CANADA

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#1 posted 02-22-2009 07:46 AM

Love the sign, great idea for a small space

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#2 posted 02-22-2009 07:52 AM

A full work are in a small space. Cool design. You are a problem solver.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 02-22-2009 07:57 AM

Great design and use of old materials…. that is a great idea.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#4 posted 02-22-2009 08:00 AM

Good for recycling AND small spaces! Its genius! YOU my friend, might just save the world one day! :) (note to self: your shop is 12X16… borrow this idea.)

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#5 posted 02-22-2009 09:59 AM

This is a great idea! I need a good workbench in a small pace in my garage, but this may be the answer…
But wonder it ever be shaky? Is it strong enough to hold heavy items? Or maybe you are using this only for light works?

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#6 posted 02-22-2009 10:15 AM

A very clever design for the bench support – love the capture blocks!

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#7 posted 02-22-2009 03:28 PM

Put that old stuff to work Good job


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#8 posted 02-22-2009 07:13 PM

Nice. Wish I had seen this before building my workbench. This one would have made more sense.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 02-22-2009 07:24 PM

very nice

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#10 posted 02-22-2009 08:24 PM

Excellently executed. How stable is the top?

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#11 posted 02-22-2009 10:25 PM

A couple of people have asked how stable the top of this bench is. It is actually very stable. I would routinely stand on it to reach items on shelves above the bench. The key is to build the doors that open to support the top such that the door edges are fully supported along their height by the vertical member that the other side of the hinge is attached to (which also means the doors can only open to 90 degrees). By doing this, the hinges are doing very little work to suport the top, but I recommend using long hinges anyway. I’ve since moved my workshop to the basement of our new house, but this bench was a great way to get some extra storage and work surface into a garage and still leave space to park the car when you want.

-- Woodgineer, Port Hope, Ontario CANADA

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#12 posted 02-23-2009 04:05 PM

Hi Woodgineer;

Very clever design, and use of space.

Well done!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 07-16-2009 12:35 AM

Two possibilities for additional sturdiness. Fold out legs, or the rope&pulley method. eyebolts on bottom of table, eyebolts inside frame…runner between em that comes tight when table’s fully extended.

Tie a couple of bolts, or something else heavy to the top end of the “runner” (I like woven metal rope like used to be popular for clotheslines) and when you lift the table the runner will “retract” itself when you close the table.

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#14 posted 07-18-2009 05:30 AM

thats a cool idea

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#15 posted 08-10-2010 06:12 AM

Ineed this for my garage. Thanks for idea

-- Sorry I do not speak English very well, nor write, but I learn

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