Learn how to build a portable DIY folding workbench with these free plans! This sturdy, mobile wooden work table is perfect for a workshop, garage or shed.
DIY Folding Mobile Workbench
This collapsible workbench is perfect for DIYers with a small workshop, shed, garage, or even those DIYers without a dedicated workshop. The foldable space-saving design makes it easy to set up when we’re ready to work and fold down when we’re done. Plus, it’s portable, so we can move it from the shop to the yard, or to a buddy’s house to help with a project. It’s easy to make with just a few tools like a miter saw, circular saw, and Kreg Jig.
Originally published March 16, 2016 updated August 13, 2019
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Table of Contents
- What is a Foldable Workbench?
- Why Build a Collapsible Workbench?
- The Folding Workbench is Portable
- Is a Foldable Workbench Sturdy?
- What Can You Do With a Collapsible Workbench?
- Where Can You Use a Folding Workbench?
- Where to Buy a Portable Workbench
- How to Build a DIY Folding Workbench Tutorial
- Get the Free Folding Workbench Printed Plan
- More Projects Like This
What is a Foldable Workbench?
A foldable workbench can be set up when you need a work surface or work table and then folds up when you’re done working. Think of a foldable workbench like a heavy-duty folding card table for our workshops.
Why Build a Collapsible Workbench?
A collapsible workbench is a great space-saving solution for those DIYers who are tight on space. A collapsible workbench is a great alternative for a traditional workbench that might take up too much space in a small workshop, shed shop, or garage shop. It’s also great for those weekend warriors without a dedicated workshop who are tackling DIY projects in the driveway.
The Folding Workbench is Portable
Another reason to build a folding workbench is that it’s compact and easy to transport. The legs of this DIY folding workbench tuck neatly inside the top when it’s in the folded position. And it should fit in the trunk of most cars. Plus, the area inside the legs provides even more storage while being transported.
Is a Foldable Workbench Sturdy?
The outside corners and middle of this DIY folding workbench make contact with the floor and also provide multiple contact points for the top, so this piece is definitely sturdy. I recommend clamping the top to the legs, so the legs won’t creep inward while in use.
What Can You Do With a Collapsible Workbench?
A collapsible workbench can perform many of the same functions as a traditional workbench. We can use it as a miter saw stand or as a work table to build and assemble our projects. The collapsible workbench is also the perfect place to use a benchtop router table.
I often use it as a finishing station. First, I cover it with a drop cloth and then apply a coat of paint or stain. I even use it outside of my workshop as a grooming table for my dog and as an extra serving table at parties!
Where Can You Use a Folding Workbench?
As I mentioned earlier, a folding workbench is perfect for DIYers with a small workshop, shed, garage or even those DIYers without a dedicated workshop. I often use my folding workbench for outdoor projects in my backyard.
Where to Buy a Portable Workbench
Store-bought portable workbenches are available if you don’t have the tools or time to make one. Here are a few options you can buy online and have sent to your workshop.
How to Build a DIY Folding Workbench
- (5) 1x4x8
- (2) 1x5x8
- (1) 2×4 Sheet of 3/4″ Plywood
- (6) 2″ Hinges
- 1-1/4″ Pocket Screws
- 1-1/4″ #8 Wood Screws
- Wood Glue
Step 1. Cut the Legs
Cut 8 pieces of 1×4 to 33-5/8″.
Step 2. Cut the Rails
Cut 8 pieces of 1×4 to 15″. Drill pocket holes in the ends of each rail.
Related: How to Use Kreg Jig
Step 3. Assemble the Legs
I clamped scrap pieces of 1×4 to the bottom of each leg to help align the bottom rail. Apply glue to the ends of the rails, clamp to the legs and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws. Repeat for the remaining three legs assemblies.
Step 4. Attach the Hinges
Place two legs assemblies on the workbench and attach two hinges. Next, rotate the legs so the hinges face away from you.
Then, insert one leg assembly below and one leg assembly above the set of legs that were rotated. Attach four hinges to these legs. The legs will form a “W” when complete.
Step 5. Cut the Plywood Top
Cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood to 33-3/4″ x 22-5/8″.
Step 6. Cut the Side Aprons
Cut two pieces of 1×5 to 22-5/8″. Use the guide below to mark locations for the pocket holes. Then, drill pocket holes in the end of each apron.
This step is important because you’ll want to be sure that 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.
Step 7. Cut the Front and Back Aprons
Cut two pieces of 1×5 to 35-1/4″.
Step 8. Assemble the Top
Apply glue to the ends of the side aprons (be sure to position the aprons so you have access to all of the pocket holes), clamp to the front and back aprons, insert the plywood top and attach using 1-1/4″ pocket screws.
Flip the top assembly and make sure the top is flush with the tops of the aprons. Drill countersink holes and attach the top to the aprons using 1-1/4″ wood screws.
Build your own portable DIY folding workbench with these free plans! This sturdy, mobile wooden work table is perfect for a workshop, garage or shed. It’s also handy to use as a serving table at parties or a grooming table for your dog!
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