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Posted on Workshop in a 10'x20' garage. Need feedback!

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#1 posted 10-23-2018 11:05 PM

The problem with a folding workbench is that it’s generally horizontal long enough to collect just enough stuff to totally make it a PITA to move everything so you can fold the bench. I’ve got a slightly larger space, but also need to a car in sometimes and two when the weatherman says it might hail. I have one table (old butcher block) that is more of my shop desk than a bench, it serves a few purposes alongside the mitersaw, but generally I use other types of tables.

It’s a lengthy thread, but the Workmates of our dreams thread, has several good ideas for using them, (only the old ones from the 80’s, usually $20 on CL) in a variety of ways in the shop for various stands for tools, benches, and or roll around tables. The boon is that the table folds flat to less than 6” and you can hang it on the wall. similarly you can make a variety of tops with a 2×4 cleat on the bottom that clamps in, I have 2 36” square tops, and my DW735 planer is also rigged with a base and cleat, & rolling dolly, rather than a fixed stand. They will also work for an outfeed table at the TS Also for bigger projects I got a salvage hollowcore door that I use across 2 workmates for a bigger assembly table.

Lastly avoid the temptation to put up peg board, and hang all of your tools there, I recently cleared my pegboard and put 90% of my assorted hand tools into a double stack 40” tool chest from HD, I got back SO MUCH wall space I was able to hang my clamps and larger items that would not fit the chest. I know there are mixed opinions for drawers but when I’m working a project I use one of the workmates with the bottom legs folded on a furniture dolly as a roll around table to keep things at hand, and then put them away when finished.

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