This step by step diy woodworking project is about wall mounted folding workbench workbench plans. This article features detailed instructions for building a small workbench that can be folded down. If you have a small shop, making most of the space should be your main concern. Use these free plans to build a workbench that is wall mounted and folding. Take a look over the rest of our woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Fold down workbench plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 34 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 39″ long LEGS
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 30″x48″ long, 2 pieces of 1×1 lumber – 49 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 31 1/2″ long TABLETOP
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 42″ long, 1 piece – 9 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 50″ long WALL SUPPORTS
- 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 1×1 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x4′
- 50 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
- 50 pieces of 1 1/4″ screws
- 2 pieces of 7″ carriage bolts
- 2 hinges, 1 latch
- wood glue, stain/paint
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Wall mounted folding workbench plans
The first step of the project is to build the tabletop for the workbench. Use 3/4″ plywood for the top and 1×1 lumber for the trims. Cut both ends of the trims at 45 degrees and lock them to the top using 1 1/4″ brad nails. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth. Smooth the surface with sandpaper and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
Build the legs for the fold down workbench from 4×4 lumber. Use a jigsaw to round the top of the legs and smooth the surface with sandpaper. In addition, you need to make a 1 1/2″ deep notch to the bottom of the legs. Drill a pilot hole to the top of the posts, as shown in the diagram.
Next, you need to lock the legs for the workbench together by attaching the brace. Make sure the corners are square, add glue to the joints and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them together tightly.
Use 2×4 lumber to build the supports for the legs. Drill pilot holes through the 42″ long slat and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular supports. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square.
Drill pilot holes through the 3 1/2″x3 1/2″ components. Mark the diagonals with a pencil, so u can determine the center. Next, drill a pilot hole and clean it off.
Fit the support to the back of the table, making sure you align the edges, as shown in the plans. The easiest way to lock the support to the top is by drilling pilot holes and inserting 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure you also add glue to the joints.
Next, fit the legs to the supports and insert the 7″ carriage bolts. Make sure the legs fold easily before continuing the project.
Fit the 2×4 support to the wall, as shown in the plans. Use a spirit level to make sure the support is horizontal. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Use hinges to lock the table to the support.
Fit another 2×4 support to the wall, as shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs.
Use a latch to lock the workbench to the top support. In this manner, you can save space in your workshop.
You can see how the workbench looks folded and unfolded.
Fill the holes with wood putty and let them dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 100-220 grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Top Tip: Apply a few coats of paint or stain to the components, to enhance the look of the project.
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