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! Here are build plans to make a portable workbench inspired by Donna’s.
How to Build a DIY Portable Workbench or Folding Table
- 1/2″ plywood – 48″ x 96″
- 4 – 1″ x 4″ boards
- 3 – 2″ x 2″ boards
- 30″ continuous hinge
- 6 – 3″ strap hinge
- 2 – support hinge RH
- 2 – support hinge LH
- 2 – door pull handles
- 1 1/2″ screws
- Approximate project cost: $72
Note: if you build according to these dimensions your workbench will be 32″ tall. You can add up to 5″ to the legs for a taller workbench.
|4||3/4″||3 1/2″||48″||1 x 4|
|4||3/4″||3 1/2″||28 1/2″||1 x 4|
|4||1 1/2″||1 1/2″||31 1/2″||2 x 2|
|2||1 1/2″||1 1/2″||30″||2 x 2|
|2||1 1/2″||1 1/2″||6″||2 x 2|
Plywood cut diagram
First let’s assemble the skirts that go around the top pieces. On each of the 3 1/2″ x 48″ pieces, use a countersink and drill 3 pilot holes about 3/8″ from the ends. Apply a little wood glue and secure the 48″ boards to the 28 1/2″ boards with 1 1/2″ screws.
Attach the top plywood 30″ x 48″ to the skirt by drilling 4-5 countersink pilot holes along each edge, then apply a bead of glue around skirt and secure top to skirt with 1 1/2″ screws. Repeat for the other top half.
On the 31 1/2″ pieces, measure and mark down 8″ from one end. Drill about 3 counter sink pilot holes about 3/4″ in from each short end of the 12″ x 28″ plywood. Use wood glue and 1 1/2″ screws to secure the plywood to the legs. Make sure the legs are straight and parallel. Repeat for other leg set.
On the 30″ pieces, measure and mark down 8″ from one end. Drill about 3 counter sink pilot holes about 3/4″ in from each short end of the 12″ x 28″ plywood. Use wood glue and 1 1/2″ screws to secure the plywood to the legs.
The 31 1/2″ legs will go on the outside ends of the table. When installing the legs, leave a 1/4″ gap in the back and 1/4″ gap on the sides to avoid any interference when rotating the legs. Use 1/2″ screws to attach the strap hinge to the top plywood and you can use up to 1 1/2″ screws to attach the hinge to the leg. Note the plywood needs to be on the opposite side as the hinge.
For the center leg, first glue and mount the 1 1/2″ x 6″ piece. Leave a 1/4″ gap from the sides, but the 6″ piece can butt up to the back of the skirt. You may want to attach it from the top plywood into the 6″ block and also from the outside of the skirt into the block. When installing the legs, leave a 1/4″ gap in the back. Use up to 1 1/2″ screws to attach the hinge to the leg and block. Note the plywood needs to be on the opposite side as the hinge.
Next we need to install the 30″ continuous hinge. Make sure that you orient the hinge so hinge will close shut when the workbench is folded up. Use provided screws or 1 1/2″ screws to install the hinge.On the outside legs, it would be good to install support hinges to lock the legs open when in use. Install according to the dimensions provided on the hinge packaging. However the pivoting side with 2 attach holes attaches to the top piece and the single point to the leg.
Source: Funky Junk Interiors
Fold up the workbench. Fold in outside legs.
Fold in center leg.
Fold workbench together.
Install 2 handles on a long side, one on each top piece. Attach a latch on the opposite end as the continuous hinge to keep the workbench closed during transportation.
Now you are ready to get to work 😉
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———— Update 1/26/18 ————
Over at Jonathan Mainguy, he followed our tutorial and built his own collapsible workbench to preserve parking space in the garage. So smart!
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Speaking of folding tables… how about giving your folding chairs a new look to go with the table? 🙂