Folding Work Table

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Project by michaelray posted 04-22-2009 10:10 PM 19432 views 31 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a folding work table that I made last fall. Perfect for my portable planer and occasionally commandeered for garage sale use.

The plans are from an issue of either Shop Notes or Woodsmith magazine – can’t remember right off hand. I can look it up if anyone is interested.

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#1 posted 04-22-2009 11:33 PM

Great little work table Micheal, thanks for the post!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#2 posted 04-22-2009 11:35 PM

Nice looking table! Looks like you did very well.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 04-23-2009 12:31 AM

Wow that a great looking table.
Almost to nice to work on.
Thanks for the post.

-- R

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#4 posted 04-23-2009 01:45 AM

What issue was this in? That is really nice, and can be stowed away when not in use. I like it.

-- dragondncr

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#5 posted 04-23-2009 01:54 AM

very nice and well done


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#6 posted 04-23-2009 02:11 AM

Really looking good. When you open the legs, is there any parts to keep the legs still?
Since my workshop is really small, I think I should start thinking one of these. Thank you for the post.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#7 posted 04-23-2009 02:30 AM

I’m always looking for space saving projects such as this. Well done. Yes, post a link to the plans if not a bother… I searched around but didn’t come up with it.

I like the hollowness of it… reduces weight without losing strength.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#8 posted 04-23-2009 02:31 AM

The project was in shop notes Vol.17 issues 98. I know because I was just looking at the issue and thinking of building one for a knock down assemble table.
michaelray how flat were you able to get the top?
how stable are the legs?
Good job on it by the way

-- Building fine furniture in my driveway.

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#9 posted 04-23-2009 02:41 AM

Great job.
Items like that really come in handy for the shop and for functions.

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#10 posted 04-23-2009 03:04 AM

Oh well, looks like my 1st issue is Vol.17 issues 99

-- dragondncr

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#11 posted 04-23-2009 03:35 AM

Thanks diego. The top is as flat as a sheet of 1/4” ply can be. The legs are fairly stable because they kick back at an angle. If you move it around you have to make sure they are kicked out all the way. This thing really comes in handy and it was worth the time it took to build. Very light weight yet stable.

I also found this link were you can download a PDF of the material and cut list – sorry no plans that I could find.

-- [email protected]

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#12 posted 04-23-2009 03:09 PM

This is why I never throw out an issue of a magazine even though my wife goes nuts about so many of them. I’m sure when I looked at that, I thought it was nifty, but not for me. Well now it’s for me, and I’m going to have to build one of those!

-- I intend to live forever, or die trying..........Justin, Ohio

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#13 posted 04-23-2009 03:24 PM

lol. Make sure you post some pictures when you finish.

-- [email protected]

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#14 posted 04-24-2009 02:13 AM

Nice job. Much nicer than a store bought one. It looks quite sturdy too.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#15 posted 03-12-2013 09:31 AM

beautiful table – Looks lightweight and practical, too. I went to the shop notes link and there’s a cut list, but it doesn’t seem to be complete. If you’ve got another source for the plans and instructions and can send it to me, I’d appreciate it.


-- "There are three kinds of men. The ones who learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." --- Will Rogers

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