If you happen to have small workshop space, you can try building a foldable workbench to help you with some woodworking projects. If it is hard for you to find this foldable workbench at any stores, you can always make it by yourself. This workbench is quite easy to make. The foldable part is also very useful to save some space when you don’t need this workbench.
Frames and Supports
The foldable small workbench is designed by attaching it onto the wall and easily folding in when it is not being used. So, for small space, it will not consume any spaces when it is not used. Before starting to build this fold down workbench, you can prepare the materials. They are 2×4 boards, plywood and piano hinge. Build two frames from 2×4 board and 1×4 board. After that, attach the ledger plank onto the wall. The main function of this ledger plank is to support the bench top. Don’t forget to add one wood cleat on each side of the ledge board. This wood cleat will be used to attach the hinges.
Step 1. Attach the Frames into the Cleats
The hinges orientation is very important to determine the position of the workbench when being flat folded. When you face the frames, two hinges nearest the wall have to be positioned on the right side of every leg. While, two hinges nearest your position have to be positioned on the left side of every leg. The positioning of the hinges will make the hinges folded in the opposite direction and make the workbench to be flat folded aligned with the wall.
Step 2. Build the Workbench Top
Attach a lumber cleat on the front part of the frame to stabilize the workbench. After that, attach it into the hinges which are on the left side of the legs. Build the workbench top using the plywood. The size of the plywood depends on the base size of the workbench. What you need to remember is to make sure that the workbench top is able to be folded completely and can clear the space.
Step 3. Cut the Piano Hinge Groove and Assemble All Pieces
For the piano hinge, choose 6 inches groove and measure it from one elongated side of the top of the plywood. Then, cut this groove wide and deep enough as to support the piano hinges. Then, cut down the groove center which makes the piano hinge. Then, make use of the piano hinge to re-connect these two separated groove. Re-attach the top of the plywood on to the frames. then, build the frame along the to edges to complete the design.