Hello friendly workshopers,
I have been looking for ideas to build a compact and neat workbench in the garage that is already crammed with things. Google search brings up pictures of few foldable ones.
Some of the online tutorials use piano hinges attached to MDF / wooden slabs, and have one or two legs attached to the board on a hinge as well.
Wondering if anyone has built a foldable work bench in their garage and could share pictures if any.
I’ve have come across this picture on a google search and looks great! Wondering if anyone could reverse engineer this pic and suggest how something similar could be built?
I would love to know too. I have some old doors that i have been considering using as the fold down bench/ or even just a table.
The reverse engineer of that project is that it is a proprietary hinge system sold for that purpose. It's basically a huge locking stay and not really something you could make out of metal yourself.
I know of the type you have seen with the legs attached to the board. They work sufficiently but you might like to add an extra block next to the leg which a bolt or two can pass through. I've attached a render of a simple and functional design below. @pats6182 has made a very neat and similar Folding workbench which you might like to check out too. While you're considering projects why not check out our Top 10 most popular garage and shed projects for some inspiration.
I was going to build this work bench but I have been focused on woodturning to get it underway. I have completed the conversion from imperial to metric but not sure where I have put them. The top you can use some bench top from Bunnings
to keep the top in place while working on it place the top in place make sure it is even all round drill 4 bowel holes evenly spaced through the top into part B. This will be your alignment each time you put the top on hope this helps
Just found the conversion for the measurement
You can make it as long as you want or as heigh as you want
That's pretty much how I would approach it. Although I would use Tee hinges for the leg attachment, and magnetic catches to hold the legs up while folding.
A great source of bench tops are "desk returns" these are attachments to a desk to make it L shaped. You will find these very cheap at used office furniture re-sellers, they have very little resale value (unless you have the matching desk) I picked up some roiling file cabinets at a closing down sale, and they had 20 of these returns in the corner- the guy said take as many as you want, I grabbed 2 (not much space in the trailer) 900 x 1800 x 40mm thick solid chipboard! Auction houses & refurbishers are dumping these all the time, just take a big phillips with you to undo the camlocks so you can flatpack them.