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DIY Folding Workbench

March 16, 2016 by Scott - Saws on Skates

Hey there friends! Today I’m sharing new DIY workshop plans for a compact project that nearly any DIYer would want. It’s a sturdy, go any where, DIY folding workbench!

folding workbench assembled

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This DIY folding workbench is perfect for those DIYers without a dedicated workshop… it’s easy to set up when you’re ready to work and folds down when you’re done.

If you have a dedicated workshop the folding workbench can be unfolded for an extra work surface to assemble a project. Or it can be used as a surface to finish your project with a coat of paint or stain. Then it can be folded and stored when it’s not in use.

DIY Folding Workbench Plan - Workbench Folded

It’s also great for when you hit the road for a DIY project (aka saws on skates!). That’s the reason I designed this project. I’ll soon be doing a bathroom remodel for a friend and will need a workbench. I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of working on the ground. I’m also not crazy about the idea of working on a piece of plywood straddling sawhorses. This DIY folding workbench will give me a sturdy work surface much like the one in my shop.

My goal was to design something that met two goals. One, to be compact and easy to transport. And two, it had to be sturdy. This DIY folding workbench excels at both goals. The legs tuck neatly inside the top and when folded it should fit in the trunk of most cars. Plus, the area inside the legs provides even more storage while being transported.

sneak peak

The four legs provide excellent contact with the ground and also provide multiple contact points for the top, so it’s definitely sturdy. I recommend clamping the top to the legs, so the legs won’t creep inward while in use.

folding workbench legs

I thought you would get a kick out of this. I goofed following my own plan! The plan calls for 33-5/8″ stiles and I cut them to 35-5/8″. I guess it’s better to have them too long rather than too short! The old saying still works today… measure twice, cut once.

measure twice

DIY Folding Workbench Plan

Printed Plan
Click here to download a pdf of the Folding Workbench Plan

(5) 1x4x8
(2) 1x5x8
(6) 2″ hinges
1-1/4″ pocket screws
1-1/4″ #8 wood screws
Elmer’s Wood Glue

FatMax Tape Measure
Miter saw
Circular saw
Kreg Jig
Countersink drill bit

Step 1. Make the Stiles. Cut 8 pieces of 1×4 to 33-5/8″.

Folding Workbench stile

Step 2. Make the Rails. Cut 8 pieces of 1×4 to 15″. Drill pocket holes in the end of each rail.

Folding Workbench rail

Step 3. Assemble the Legs. Clamp scrap pieces of 1×4 to the bottom of the stiles to help align the bottom rail. Apply glue to the ends of the rails, clamp to the stiles and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws. Repeat for the other three legs.

folding workbench leg assembly

Step 4. Attach the Hinges. Lay two sets of legs on the workbench and attach two hinges. Next rotate the legs, so the hinges face away from you, insert one set of legs below and one set above the set of legs you just rotated. Attach four hinges to those legs. When complete the legs will form a “W”.

folding workbench hinge installation

folding workbench hinge assembly 2

Step 5. Make the Plywood Top. The top is 3/4″ plywood cut to 33-3/4″ x 22-5/8″.

Folding Workbench top

Step 6. Make the Side Aprons. Cut two pieces of 1×5 to 22-5/8″. Use the guide below to locate the side apron pocket holes and drill pocket holes in each end of the apron. This step is important because you’ll want to be sure you will be able to access the pocket holes to attach the side aprons to the front and back aprons once the plywood top is installed.

Folding Workbench side apron

folding workbench side apron pocket hole locations

Step 7. Make the Front/Back Aprons. Cut two pieces of 1×5 to 35-1/4″.

Folding workbench front back apron

Step 8. Assemble the Top. Apply glue to ends of side aprons (be sure to set in position so you have access to all of the pocket holes), clamp to front/back aprons, insert top and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.

folding workbench top installation 1

Step 9. Attach the Plywood Top to the Aprons. Flip the top assembly and make sure the top is flush with the tops of the aprons. Drill countersink holes and attach using 1-1/4″ wood screws.

folding workbench top installation 2

folding workbench top installation 3

Your folding workbench is ready to go to work!


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DIY Folding Workbench

2 thoughts on “DIY Folding Workbench

  1. Brian says:

    You could probably rig up some sort of pipe clamp moxon vice to fit that design. It would be easily removable so you could still fold it up for storage/transport.

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