Build your own large foldable table for parties or projects with these DIY portable folding workbench plans.
Build Your Own Portable Folding Workbench
This time of year, I start thinking about working in the yard, what flowers to plant, garden prep and yard clean up.
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors found the perfect portable workbench for outdoor projects while thrift shopping.
It would be a great work surface to pot flowers, use your power tools or even use as an extra table for entertaining. And then it folds up to a nice compact size to store!
Maybe it is the view from Donna’s backyard or her cool workbench, but now I’m excited for spring!
Donna was so kind to give us some details about her table so we could put together plans for you to build own portable folding workbench, inspired by Donna’s.
Get the full printable plans, including cut list and assembly instructions, here in the shop.
How to Build a DIY Portable Workbench or Folding Table
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This portable workbench is a great size for working on projects in your yard or garage.
For backyard barbecues or outdoor weddings, this large foldable wood table will also make a great extra table for serving or dining.
Fully unfolded, this portable folding workbench measures 96” W x 30” D x 32” H. (You can add up to 5″ to the legs for a taller workbench.)
The hinged legs and hinged tabletop allow for easy storage and portability! The folded workbench measures 48” W x 30” D x 8”H (plus the depth of latches/handles, etc)
Only 1 4×8 sheet of plywood, a couple 1×4 boards, and a couple 2×2 boards are needed to build this workbench. (Get the full materials list in the printable workbench plans.)
You’ll also need some hardware:
- (1) – box of 1 ½” wood screws
- (1) – 1 ½” x 30” continuous hinge
- (6) – 3″ strap hinges
- (2) – support hinges, right-hand
- (2) – support hinges, left-hand
- (1) – latch (such as a chest latch or post hasp)
- (2) – door pull handles
This folding workbench is great for beginners who need to have some extra space without devoting an entire garage workshop to woodworking.
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The full beginner-friendly easy building instructions are included in the printable woodworking plans.
It’ll only take you a couple of hours to build this folding workbench and really up your DIY game (as well as save your back some strain!)
Source: Funky Junk Interiors
Folding the Portable Workbench
To fold the workbench:
- Turn the workbench upside down.
- Fold in the outside legs.
- Fold in the center leg.
- Fold the table in half.
- Latch the clasp and use the handle to carry the table… wherever you want!
Reader Built Folding Workbench
Over at Jonathan Mainguy, he followed our tutorial and built his own collapsible workbench to preserve parking space in the garage. So smart! (Update 1/26/18 )
Check out more awesome build plans from Her Toolbelt:
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First published 28 Feb 2015 // Last Updated 01 Mar 2021