How to Build a Folding Work Bench

A folding work bench allows you to utilize the work bench but also move and store it easily. If your home lacks space, you might want to learn how to build a folding work bench. This article provides an overview of the process.

Gathering Your Materials

To make a folding work bench, you will need the following materials:

  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Four H-hinges
  • Two 1/4-inch boards, 4 feet in length
  • Two 1/4-inch boards, 2 feet in length
  • Plywood (1 inch thick)
  • Four 3-by-3-inch posts, 3 feet in length
  • Four hook-and-eye screw locks
  • Screwdriver

Aligning the Side Boards

Place the 4-foot boards down on the 1-inch side with the other 2-foot boards on the other end. The ends of the 4-foot board should join the inner side of the 2-foot board. Now nail these together with two nails at each joint to create the frame for the folding work bench. Place the plywood over the frame and ensur that all sides are equal. Nail the plywood to the frame.

Setting Up the Post

Turn the folding work bench over and set the 3-by-3-inch post in one corner. Make sure it is straight. Place one hinge to face the center of the table and fix it with screws to the work bench and then to the post.

Attaching the Hook

Fix the hook to the 2-foot board, 1 inch from the post. Make sure the hook reaches the post. Attach the hook and fix the screw eye to the post at the right place on the post.

Positioning the Second Post

Position the second post for the same end 4 inches from the corner. This will be closer to the post that you just fixed. Place the hinge and screw it to the work bench and the other end to the post. Once you have the hinge and post in place, fix the hook to the 2-foot end board 1 inch from the post. Again, make sure the hook reaches the post. With the hook attached, fix the eye screw to the post in the right place so the hook reaches the eye screw.

Finishing the Work

Follow the same process for the other two posts on the opposite side of your folding work bench. Make sure the post in this corner is opposite the offset of the other side. The spacing is necessary for the legs to fold underneath without overlapping.