How to make a folding workbench

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How to make a folding workbench

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Project Overview

Every garage needs a workbench, but finding a space for it can be tricky. This fold-down workbench is sturdy, easy to build and takes up very little space when not in use. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut your timber
2 Measure and mark space for the bench
3 Measure and mark the middle of the timber
4 Pre-drill the holes
5 Mark the spot to drill
6 Pre-drill the holes in the wall
7 Attach the supports to the wall
8 Trace around the dowel
9 Cut the ply
10 Sand the brackets
11 Pre-drill holes in the brackets
12 Attach hinges
13 Attach the brackets
14 Attach the bench to the wall support
15 Attach the dowel legs
16 Fold down the top and away you go
  • Step 1. Cut your timber

    To make this project easier you can have your timber pre-cut at Bunnings. Here’s our cutting list:

              2250mm x 600mm x 30mm ply:

    • 945mm x 450mm x 1

      35mm x 2.4m dowel:

    • 1650mm x 2

      90mm x 45mm x 2.4m structural pine:

    • 945mm x 2
  • Step 2. Measure and mark space for the bench

    Measure and mark where you want your workbench to go in the garage. We put ours in the middle of the wall. Measure 900mm up from the floor and mark the middle of the wall.

  • Step 3. Measure and mark the middle of the timber

    Measure and mark the centre point on the two 945mm lengths of structural pine, which will act as supports for the workbench. Make two marks in the middle of the timber near both ends for the two support screws.

  • Step 4. Pre-drill the holes

    Clamp the structural pine to the workbench. Use the 5.5mm drill bit to pre-drill three holes for the support screws.

  • Step 5. Mark the spot to drill

    Hold the first pine support against the wall at the correct height, making sure it’s level. Drill three holes that just touch the bricks. This will mark the spots you want to drill directly into the wall. 

  • Step 6. Pre-drill the holes in the wall

    Use the hammer drill and 8mm masonry bit to drill three holes where you’ve just marked them.

  • Step 7. Attach the supports to the wall

    Insert the 8mm wall plugs into the drilled holes. Hold the timber against the wall with the holes aligned. Use the drill and 100mm bugle screws to attach the support to the wall. Repeat these steps to also attach the lower support piece to the wall.

  • Step 8. Trace around the dowel

    Place the dowel on top of the ply and trace around it. Make the outline a bit bigger so the dowel will fit snug. Use the square to make the lines straight. Repeat this step for the three other brackets.

  • Step 9. Cut the ply

    Secure the ply to the workbench. Use the 5.5mm drill bit to drill two holes in the corners of the dowel outline. These will be your entry point for the jigsaw blade. Use the jigsaw to cut out the brackets for the dowel, rounding out the corners. Repeat this for the three other brackets.

  • Step 10. Sand the brackets

    Use the 120 grit sandpaper to smooth the edges on each bracket.

  • Step 11. Pre-drill holes in the brackets

    Use a bracket to clamp the timber to the workbench. Pre-drill four holes in each corner. Repeat this for the three other brackets.

  • Step 12. Attach hinges

    Attach the hinges to the underside of the workbench using the screws that come with the hinges.

  • Step 13. Attach the brackets

    Attach two brackets to the underside of the fold-down workbench with the 100mm bugle screws. Fix them to the front of the bench, flush to both front corners. Attach the other two brackets to the base attached to the wall. Make sure they are flush to the corner and the cut-out for the dowel faces upwards. 
  • Step 14. Attach the bench to the wall support

    Place pieces of packer between the workbench and the wall support. Use the screws that come with the hinges to attach it to the wall support.

  • Step 15. Attach the dowel legs

    Slide the dowel legs into their brackets so that they support the workbench.

  • Step 16. Fold down the top and away you go

    There you have it, a handy fold-down workbench that takes up little space but will always be there when you need it.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.
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