How to Build a Compact Folding Workbench with Storage

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Overview of this fold away workbench

Here’s a workspace that’s huge and accessible from all sides yet folds up and stows away easily. If you don’t have room for a full-size permanent workbench but really need space to spread things out, this workbench is it. It opens to a solid 4 x 7-ft. surface with both wings up yet closes and rolls into a small 4-ft. x 18-in. spot in a corner of the room. It’s a perfect workspace for the garage or basement. It’s also a great surface for making repairs, working on hobbies, cutting sewing patterns, wrapping gifts, folding laundry, doing stained glass crafts or even just holding a mechanic’s parts.

This fold away workbench project has no complex wood joints. Just straight cuts, careful measuring and some nailing and screwing.

Folding Workbench Details

With the illustration, and the Cutting and Shopping Lists, you have the basics for building your own folding workbench.

Cut the Pieces

cut folding workbench pieces

Take a look at the Cutting List and cut all your pieces from 3/4-in.-thick hardwood plywood. We used birch plywood from a home center, but any flat plywood sheet will do. Avoid construction-grade plywoods because they’ll often have bows or warps that’ll make precise fitting impossible. We strongly recommend that you use a guide to cut the plywood. You’ll have tighter-fitting joints and better glue bonds. Use a 40-tooth carbide blade or a 150- tooth plywood blade for a smooth cut. A straightedge cutting guide clamped to the plywood will give you factory-straight cuts.

Once all the plywood pieces are cut, rip the 1/4-in. wide edge banding from 3/4-in. thick boards (or buy it pre-cut from a home center or lumberyard if you don’t have a table saw).

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