DIY Fold Down Workbench

DIY Fold Down Workbench


so I get questions all the time on how I built my fold-down workbench because I built it before I started making YouTube videos so when a neighbor said he was planning on building one I asked him if I could build it for him instead so that I can make a video of it and give you the opportunity to see how it did it so I’m gonna go ahead and though the second one in my shop today just for videos sake and I hope you’ll enjoy it because I really loved the ability of being able to tuck it back into the wall and use a little bit more floor space my neighbor wasn’t particular about the size and left it up to me so when I found a scrap that was looks like 3 feet by 4 feet I thought it was a great size for a workbench so I left it as is why is it that the material I need is always at the very back I came in three inches on three sides so that I would have space to utilize clamps on the workbench then I take a few measurements and started cutting and assembling the inside frame before attaching it to the wall I first figured out how high I wanted it and then I drew a level line I took an inside measurement from frame to frame then cut a 2×4 and a piano hinge to that same size then I found the studs and attached the T by four to the wall whatever works right then I simply mounted the piano hinge next was to start making the legs so I grabbed a few two by fours and cut them to size then rounded over the top so that they could easily rotate I used my drill press to drill a half inch hole in the top then I put in two pocket holes on each leg I’ll use these later to attach a stop block next I needed to drill a half-inch corresponding hole in the frame and I saw a trick on Ozzy spawn channel to use a hole drilled at the drill press as a guide so I clamp the leg in place and gave it a shot I say that’s pretty straight then I simply started attaching the hardware now if you were to stop here you would have to manually bring out the legs every time you wanted to open it so to avoid that I went ahead and attached a start block using those pocket holes that I drilled earlier I’ve routed through my hardware and didn’t find a latch so I just went ahead and stuck with scraps so all in all have about four and a half hours in this so it’s very easily project that can be done on a single Saturday but I love the flexibility of it not only for the additional floor space when I want it but like this one it’s going to my neighbor and all I have to do is remove these screws that are in the stud then I can up and and pick it up and put it wherever I want so I love that I think flexibility is really important in the shop and of course the watching the system you could always upgrade but scrubs work just fine too if you would like more details I do have a written tutorial posted on my blog which is Volker duce calm but there’s also a link in the description of the video for you so let me know what you think about this in the comment section below and I will see you soon

100 thoughts on “DIY Fold Down Workbench

  1. Cool bench! I watched this a long while back and filed it in the brain! I need one of these, and thank you for this, again! This simple fold away bench really saved my bacon!! Lol! Thanks again!

  2. Small Door hinges on the wall and strap hinges on the legs and it self opens into position as it comes down.

  3. I need a fold down work bench in my new 12'x 28' shed/garage due to lack of space. Should have bought the 14'x 32' instead, but it's too late now. I need to utilize every cubic inch available and your super easy bench is the perfect solution. My bench is going to be a 4 x 8 piece of 3/4" plywood, I think. Any suggestions for the legs on how many and/or spacing apart? Bracing? It's a larger table that I'll probably have a lot of weight on it, like transmissions, differentials and possibly a small/ medium car engine at times. Maybe 500 lbs. at a time or two. Not all at the same time though. I'm rebuilding an older Jeep and need to to have the bench support that kind of stuff. Thanks for any help or advice from anyone, in advance.

  4. Really great!!! Perhaps it wood (LOL) be prudent to take the reciprocating saw and cut out some hand slots on the stop bar. You know someone will grab the bar and pinch the ****** out of their hand. We live in a world where common sense ain't so common.

  5. Ohhhh…why don't I have such a beautiful and talented neighbor? Then we could join forces with your woodwork and my metalwork.
    Great idea for a workspace that simply can be lifted out of the way when not needed.

  6. I bought the plans from April's wilkerdos site and had my son build this in my garage. I LOVE this workbench. Love it.

  7. I'm looking for a good long lasting stud finder April. In today's video ( 4/14/2019 – Mini Split Install ) I saw you use a stud finder, which I remember seeing in this video. It looks to be the same stud finder from 4 years earlier. Is it still the same one? If so, I want one! What kind of stud finder is it? Do you have a link that will help you? Thanks April!  You're Awesome!!!

  8. Definitely want to make this. I’m a total newbie getting started…any reason why you chose the piano hinge over other types? Thanks.

  9. I just watched the video of u and Annie I believe make the tiny houses X u guys Rock btw so I thought I'd stop over and see what u were up to. That work bench is so cool everyone that has any kind of hobby or job creating needs one of those ! I'll be checking out more of your vids ! Girls rule!

  10. Molto brava e ingegnosa io ho cominciato ha 20 anni con il fai da te ne ho 53 ma una ragazza così piena di passione nn l ho mai vista complimenti ne ho già fatto uno di tavolo smontabile pieghevole ma farò anche il tuo ottima idea girl ciao buon LAVORO

  11. Love this bench, I’m doing mine next week on my day off, thanks for the step by step tutorial. ❤️❤️

  12. Wow. I was just about to do this, but I hadn't considered a piano hinge. I was worried about finding the right size that fit right on the studs.

  13. Great job. I built a 15'X30' workshop in my yard and still need floor space so if you dont mind I am going to build that in fact I may build a few of those. Thanks Pete

  14. That last cross brace for the legs should be lower by about 6 inches, when lowering the table as built there is a horrible pinch point between the table and the brace. If someone is not careful, you could break a finger no problem. Other than that, it's great! Simple, and easy!

  15. Very nice, not too bulky or heavy. Maybe some kind of pins or latches so the legs can't be accidentally kicked in, and your project or parts on the floor.

  16. April, another good project. I wish you weren't so selective about when you used your safety glasses. You don't seem to wear them when you are driving screws. You should wear them all the time in the shop.

  17. Finally! I have watched so many vids looking for a truly simple fold down table and this is it! Thank you so much!

  18. Great project. Very well demonstrated and easy to understand. I am redoing my workshop and this is going to be part of it. Brains and Beauty….what a combo.

  19. Great job! Thumbs up!
    If you're free next week, could you come over to the west coast of Scotland and build one for ME?
    My neighbour doesn't have the time to make one.

  20. @April Wilkerson any suggestion on a hinge of some kind to make it slam-proof, or otherwise improve child-safety? Just worried a kid might pull it down on their head. Maybe a locking latch of some kind would do it too…
    Great little project, thanks!

  21. Fantastic!! This will really help in my limited space, and I do mean LIMITED. Thanks so much for sharing.

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