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Project by StephenBlann posted 02-03-2019 10:24 PM 1137 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my take on the Fold-Flat 3-in-1 Workbench from Wood Magazine issue 207.

I wanted to change a few things to make it my own, so I dropped the hinges in favor of a 1/2” steel rod through the frame as the pivot point. To reduce the stress on the 2×4s, I countersunk and glued some fender washers into place first. With this design, it doesn’t store perfectly vertical, but it still fits over the 36”x18” base, so this change didn’t really impact the footprint.

The top is 48” square, including the maple edging, and is made from a double thickness of 3/4” MDF. I put a couple of coats of paste wax on it for a simple finish.

There are 9 dog holes on 12” centers. I may eventually add more, but this should get me started. I got my first dog clamps for Christmas, so I’m looking forward to using them. I also found that my Jorgensen EZ Hold clamps fit through the holes very nicely, which was a welcomed plus.

The floor in my shop isn’t very level, so I designed a gravity fed foot leveling system. Once the legs are lowered, they can be extended up to 2”. Just loosen the knob, and the foot drops to the proper setting. Re-tighten, and the table is rock solid anywhere you put it. Though I have found locking the wheels first is still worth doing if I’m doing anything that may put lateral pressure on the table.

I have the full design in Sketchup, if anyone’s interested. Let me know what you think!

-- Stephen





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#1 posted 02-04-2019 12:14 AM

Great build. I’m interested in the sketchup file for a future build.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#2 posted 02-04-2019 02:43 AM

That is quite a table. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 02-04-2019 04:27 AM

Very nice project, I will be knocking one out this year.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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#4 posted 02-04-2019 01:26 PM



Great build. I m interested in the sketchup file for a future build.

- Woodbutchery

Sure thing! https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pAzEuy3zVq_IQPK3e8pJOEM_rnjJgn_U

-- Stephen

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#5 posted 02-04-2019 06:12 PM

Very Nice…I have looked at this design when it came out in Wood, but went another direction….but this is very well done!

-- Mike

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#6 posted 02-04-2019 06:53 PM

I wish I had seen your levelers when I made my table. Guess next time my table is empty I will be cutting into the legs.

-- If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy. --Red Green

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#7 posted 02-04-2019 07:26 PM

I love to see what others do to save space, but everytime I build something like this, I seem to fill up the table with stuff and can never fold it away. Thank you for sharing.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#8 posted 02-04-2019 07:40 PM



I love to see what others do to save space, but everytime I build something like this, I seem to fill up the table with stuff and can never fold it away. Thank you for sharing.

- Hawaiilad

I hear you, Larry! I had two rolling assembly carts that both got converted into flip-top tool stands. I can still use the empty side for workspace if I want, but then the tool on the underside is out of commission. Hopefully, this new assembly table will give me space to work, but not become permanently cluttered… I simply don’t have the floor space to allow that!

-- Stephen

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#9 posted 02-04-2019 08:26 PM

And here I thought I was the only one that had a bit of a messy shop. I seem to work on a “cleared off” corner of a workbench all the time. I remember back in grade school we had to put everything away before we left for the day… too bad that didn’t stick with me over the years.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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