My magical disappearing workbench!

I designed, built, and installed this amazing disappearing workbench many many years ago when I first moved in to this house. I figure there might be someone out there who might be able to use this design for their own workbenches. First, lets look at the photos, then I’ll try to describe the design.

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You can see in the photos that there is a hinge on each leg of the workbench and also there are hinges along the back wall. So you just lift up the legs and the whole workbench swings down and against the wall and out of your way! Pretty cool, huh? I don’t have photos of the bench folded down because I rarely, if ever, actually fold mine down. I usually have too much stuff stored on top of it and also underneath it, so it’s not too convenient for me to fold mine down.

Basically, I created a box the size of the workbench top out of 2×4’s. Then I nailed some plywood to the box, then nailed a second piece of plywood just to make the top of the workbench extra tough. Then I mounted a 2×4 to the concrete block wall using some large heavy duty cement anchors and then connected the workbench top to the wall mounted 2×4 using heavy duty door hinges.

You can see in the second photo that I had to double up the box frame 2×4’s in the area where the legs are mounted to the box frame. The legs are mounted to this doubled up area using the same hinges. That’s about it. If I left out any important details, just email me using the link at the bottom of the page or reply to this blog entry and I will answer either way.


Update: September 2012

Here are finally some more photos of the workbench design, including what it looks like when it is folded down.  I hope these photos show you how simple and awesome this workbench design is.


4 thoughts on “My magical disappearing workbench!”

  1. Love the bench! I built one myself as the first project in our house, before even unloading some boxes, and it has been a god send. My wife and I are planning to do our baby’s room in a safari style with cartoon/caveman style drawings and when I saw your kids room it made me want to do it even more. I just put down the first colors yesterday. Great job.

  2. I received this email from David T. in March of 2014:

    “Just wanted to say thanks for the post on your workbench. It has inspired me to make my own using your design.”

    Thanks for the feedback, David!


  3. Awesome idea. I want to build the same thing in my shed. I was wondering specifically how to the legs fold and stay in place? I was thinking i would have the table drop down rather than left up so i dont have to move anything underneath. Any suggestions for that method? Do you have any picutes of underneath the table?
    How much weight do u think that can hold?

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