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How to Build a Simple Folding Workbench

By: Joe Truini

If your space is limited for a permanent workbench, you can make a simple workbench that folds up for easy storage from plywood and two folding sawhorses. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Cut a sheet of 3/4” plywood to the size desired (we made ours 3’x 5’).
  2. Screw two folding metal sawhorses to the bottom to act as legs for the workbench.
  3. To store the workbench, simply flip it over, remove the folding legs, and secure the legs inside the sawhorses with hook and loop straps.

Watch this video to see how it’s done.

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    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 23rd, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Hi, Dale! Purchasing a folding table is certainly an option for some people. We shared this tip because we often receive letters from fans who have tons of items in their workshop or shed and want to build their own folding workbench (or another useful item). As for sturdiness, this article is from 2007 and the workbench still holds up well. 🙂



  • Dale Diehl Says:
    May 20th, 2018 at 8:27 am

    It’s called a folding table. You can buy one for about what sheet of ply wood cost and the legs are much sturdier than these.



  • Pete Says:
    August 14th, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    What kind/length of screws did you use? screw through wood down through sawhorses?



  • Vish Says:
    March 30th, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    What make and model number are the metal saw horses used? How much did they cost?

    Thanks in advance.



  • Sandy Says:
    May 6th, 2007 at 7:48 am

    I used the saw horses, but for a table, I used a flat inside door. This gives quite a bit of work area.


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How to Build a Simple Folding Workbench