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Forum topic by zipmac22 posted 04-02-2016 04:02 AM 1376 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2016 04:02 AM

Hi Everyone,

Due to space restraints I’m needing to use a folding workbenches that would fold downwards against a wall since I’m using the garage as my workshop. I would like the workbench top to be 6’x3’ and 42” high. The problem that I’m facing is that since the workbench top is 36” I’m not able to have the legs fold directly back. Is it possible to use some type of twisting or turning legs to accommodate the 42” legs? How would I set up the legs so that they attach at the front and go down back to where the wall and floor meet? Since I’m 6’4” tall having the workbench height 36” would make working at it a pain in my back.

So, does anyone have any suggestions or ideas as how I could get around this hurdle? Thanks in advance!


-- Chris, Central Texas

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#1 posted 04-02-2016 10:59 AM

Do you mind having the legs as separate pieces or must they be folding?

Did something similar way back when I had a 1 car garage, hinged work surface to the wall to fold upwards to lock in with hook & eye. Had chain centered to the same eye, that would hold the top at work height when lowered. Legs hung on a nail on the wall, had tenon on each leg that fit a mortise under the top, once the legs were in place I’d unhook the chain and hook it back to the upper wall. The mortises were built up from stacked 2×4 on 1.5” of plywood and made for a decent work surface, but there was still a bit of movement. Biggest problem I found with a folding work surface is that you have to be able to clean it all off to fold it, and it got to a point where it seems I never folded it unless it was cold enough that I HAD to be able to park a car inside.

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#2 posted 04-02-2016 11:14 AM

Fifty years ago, I had a folding bench that was made by Pioneer Tool company in Racine Wisconsin. It was made of metal that was made like a series of scissors action linked together. Push it to the wall it was about 18” and stretched out to ten feet. We just then laid a sheet of plywood on top of it to form the bench.

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#3 posted 04-02-2016 11:54 AM

Fold the legs side to side, look on you tube April Wilkerson, she has a table like you are describing

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#4 posted 04-02-2016 03:04 PM

Sorry, I should of mentioned that I’m going to be putting my power tools on the wall above the folding workbench so it needs to fold downwards. I do like April’s fold down workbench, but I just can’t use a fold down.

-- Chris, Central Texas

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#5 posted 04-02-2016 04:30 PM

Space the workbench 1 1/2” off the wall with a 2×4 cleat and usse a continuous piano hinge and make 2 frames from 2×4s for each side mounted by piano hinges that fold back to the wall. You could even rabbit the frames and add plwood panel for strength.

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#6 posted 04-02-2016 04:52 PM

Fold up or down M&T legs will work

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#7 posted 04-02-2016 06:22 PM

I needed a drop down bench; I mounted to the wall with 4” door hinges. My 2 legs are threaded iron pipes with flanges on each end. When i need to drop the bench. I only have to lift the bench high enough to unscrew the legs from the upper flanges. The bottom flanges provide very stable support.

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