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Build a Folding Workbench

2009-12-29 10 comments
Folding Workbench

Build a folding workbench that folds up against a wall

OK, it’s really a table.  Nonetheless I use mine often for various projects around the house and yard.

Do you need a workbench but don’t have room in the garage or basement?  With an inexpensive folding table you can make a workbench that takes up very little room and folds out of the way when you’re finished working.  I bought my table several years ago at Sam’s Club, but I’m sure you can get these tables other places as well.

I chose to install my table on a side wall in my garage – parallel to my car.  This gives me a large workspace when I need it and folds up when I have my car in the garage.

Very little hardware is required to attach the table to the wall.  Here are the essential items:

  • Lag screws – to attach hinges to studs.  These should be heavy duty, because they will hold the table to the wall.
  • Bolts, washers, and nuts – to attach hinges to table.  Don’t use screws here, because the table is particle board and the screws will eventually come loose.
  • Hinges – I used very large hinges.  You could probably get away with smaller hinges, but why risk it.
  • Hasp – The hasp is what is used to secure the top of the table once you’ve folded it up against the wall.
  • Machine screws and nuts – to attach hasp to table.  I used some Loctite on the machine screws to make sure that the nuts don’t come loose.  Again – don’t use wood screws with particle board.

Folding Workbench - Hardware

The first step is to figure out where you want the table.  You’ll want to line it up on the wall so that the hinges line up evenly on the table and match up with studs in the wall.  Once everything is lined up, trace the hinges and hinge holes on the table so you know where to drill the holes.

Folding Workbench - Drilling the Holes

Make sure that you line up the holes carefully outside the frame of the table.

Folding Workbench - Attaching the Hinges

Once the hinges are attached to the table, the next step is to attach the hinges and table to the wall.  It is crucial that the hinges line up with the studs, otherwise the lag screws won’t hit the studs and the table won’t be adequately supported.

Folding Workbench - Attaching Hinges and Table to the Wall

I used 5/16″ lag screws that were 3″ long to attach the hinges and table to the wall.

Folding Workbench - Attaching Hinges and Table to the Wall

Once the hinges and table are attached to the wall, it is time to install the hasp.  The hasp will secure the table at the top when it is folded against the wall.   Take care when attaching the hasp.  It involves two pieces – one on the table and one on the wall.  These must line up for the hasp to work.  I used a small section of a 2×4 to provide spacing and attach the wall part of the hasp.  Use a long lag screw to attach the 2×4 section to the wall.

Folding Workbench - Hasp

Folding Workbench - Hasp

Attach the other part of the hasp to the underside of the table – flush with the front of the table.  You will likely have to move the hasp around until it lines up properly.

Folding Workbench - Hasp

Once the hasp is installed, it should look similar to the photo below.

Folding Workbench - Completed Hasp Installation

Once the hasp is complete, your folding workbench is ready to use.  If you’re worried about the hasp failing, you can put a carabiner or padlock though it.  This will ensure that the table doesn’t fall unexpectedly.

To fold up the table:

  1. Fold the table up to the wall.
  2. Fasten the hasp.
  3. Fold the legs in for compact storage.

To fold the table down:

  1. Open the legs of the table.
  2. Undo the hasp.
  3. Carefully lower the table to the floor.

Folding Workbench - Complete

Folding Workbench - Complete

Folding Workbench - Complete

If you have any questions or suggestions, please send me an email via my contact page.  I fully trust that my folding table will not fall unexpectedly.  If yours falls, you likely used inadequate hardware or did not hit the studs in the wall.

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Connect your Computer to your Stereo the Cheap and Easy Way

2006-12-13 Leave a comment

An amazingly cheap and easy way to connect your computer to your stereo is to use this MP3 adapter from Cyberguys.com. It uses a pass-through jack so that you can have both your stereo and computer speakers plugged in at the same time.

Buy this cable – then go to Radio Paradise to the have the world’s best internet radio streaming through your home stereo.

Connect your Computer to your Stereo – Cyberguys.com

Solar Power without the Huge Investment

2006-11-13 Leave a comment

Solar power for your home is a very attractive idea, with one huge obstacle. It costs tens of thousands of dollars to purchase and install the panels on your roof.

The Citizenre Corporation has a program called Citizenre REnU which provides solar power to homeowners. The homeowner does not pay for the panels or installation. Citizenre owns and maintains the panels. The homeowner pays for the solar power at or below their current rate and enjoys a clearer conscience. You also have the benefit of locking-in your current rate for up to 25 years.

via Treehugger

Update 12/17/06: There seems to be a lot of interest in the Citizenre program. For a detailed look at the program check out Tom Konrad’s blog. He has actually signed up for the program and has some great information for potential participants.