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This is a simple little collapsible workbench/assembly table I made. The dimensions may seem strange but it was as large as I could get it while still fitting under my current one. It also is tall enough so that the surface of the mitre saw when it is up there is level with my big workbench, allowing my to easing cut long boards. This can easily be adapted to be a sturdy, permanent workbench with only a few extra bolts.

Final Dimensions:

22" Wide, 35" long, 33 1/2" Tall

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials

You will need:

1-2'x4' Sheet of 3/4" MDF

4-8' 2x4s

1-Box of 2" or 2 1/2" Wood Screws

Wood Glue

Material for the Apron (the part right below the surface)-the dimensions don't really matter, but I ripped a 1x10 in half because that's what I had on hand. You could use 1x4s as a cheap alternative.

Total Cost Not Counting Apron or Wood Glue:


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demon6666 made it!7 months ago

Hey Thanks for the amazing tutorial. I wanted something I could bring in the back of my truck and assemble on site. This fits the bill perfectly. I made a couple of changes. I used 1X4's and bolts instead of Lap joints. This was enough stability for the table in my opinion and was much easier. It also makes it lighter for carrying as it cuts out several more 2X4 Pieces.

I also used 1/2'' chipboard for the top also. (I only did this because I had some lying around but I think it worked out well and makes it lighter)

I did make one mistake. I did not cut the 2X4 Pieces that hold the legs in place at a 45 degree angle thus not allowing all the legs to fit in when disassembled. I will most likely go back and redo it in the future.

Once again thanks for a great instructable.

servicemancba8 months ago

clap, clap, clap really well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

builtofire1 year ago

very nice. but I see some space for improvement : if u make the lower wood to fix from inside (currently it fixes the legs from outside) then it will fit in the box

schoonovermr (author)  builtofire1 year ago

Thanks. If I understand correctly, that isn't the part that doesn't fit. One of the legs doesn't, but that can be fixed by making it wider. Also, the long stretcher is about 2 inches too long to fit.

Hi, sorry about not pointing in the right direction, i was talking about the long stretcher, if you design it to hold the legs from inside and not from outside. Thanks for the nice design :)

Another option would be to just make the bench longer. Since it has to be wider to accommodate the forth leg and long stringer, it doesn't hurt to make it wider as well. The way it is designed now keeps the legs from moving in either direction. And internal stringer would require a fastener to keep everything from moving.

Here is a picture of it designed wider and longer. A single board across the bottom would hold everything in place for transport or storage on the side and everything fits inside. I have not built this, yet, but plan to as a modular bench tool workstation.

Collapsible Workbench - Storage.jpg
schoonovermr (author)  rpjamess11 year ago

That looks awesome! Definitely post pictures when you are finished

schoonovermr (author)  builtofire1 year ago

Glad I could help!

Thanks for sharing this! I will be making one soon.

schoonovermr (author)  Twas Brilag1 year ago

Thanks! Be sure to post pictures

Goatherd11 year ago

I thinks I'm going to try this and expand it to bench size to travel with the folding table under my camper.

hohum1 year ago

love the notches, very smart, nice looking, thanks for posting

There isn't a workshop in the world that wouldn't benefit from having a few of these around....

schoonovermr (author)  craftclarity1 year ago

Thank you!

In answer to 2 questions, weight is better in a work bench as we like to pound on it or put heavy items, but to make it more travel friendly as a take down table, I proposed lightening it up.

As for the Eurosealer. I have made covers for things using one. It is a plastic bag sealer. So if you want to leave one outside you can make a fitted cover for it. Or a and a a plastic case for it to travel,(just for water protection.

Eurosealer is a brand, you can use a soldering iron, (I have a friend who makes waterproof bags if need be, or seals small electronics in plastic this way.

I do realize that this was meant for the garage/basement, but your design is so darn good, there could several ways to make it, for other applications.
schoonovermr (author)  spark master1 year ago

That sounds really cool, I would love to see someone make one. Thanks!

0ne day perhaps. My wife and I were talking about camping again so who knows? I have had some fold up tables that were light, but were elstinko, this may allow for a much nicer table, sturdy that is.

And if you spar varnish everything with a few good coats (thinned) the pores can really absorb, then wax it and it is never "water proof", but it will be highly water resistant, and good for field use.

made just way it is here, and higly finished, I see it good for a camping/fishing/hunting person. If it get covered in game guts rinse it off and soap it, rinse again. But varathane all parts before assembly, and run a bead of silicone (rtv) on all the joints.

For Scouts decoupage a logo of the troop and troop Number after 4 coats then do another 4 thin coats and a heavy coat. It will be there for their kids to use.

But again this gilds the lily it is pretty sweet w/o any additions.



add a couple of velcro strapping and a handle (maybe a cover for the bottom and it goes in the car to the camp site/ trailor etc., ok maybe you need pressure treated for it then)

nice job, indeed

schoonovermr (author)  spark master1 year ago

Thanks! You might want to modify the design to make it a bit lighter though!

Weight is a good thing for a work bench.

I used a eurosealer

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It was not great, but it can be very useful with practice, or practice a few times and use a soldering iron.

I don't understand your comment about the eurosealer. A bag sealer? For what?

I am thinking back yard camping, that is in the car to a campground. Or, while car traveling, or a canoe excursion.

For canoeing use a hollow core door, shellac the heck out of it, use spar varnish or such.

Yours is strong enough for me to sit on it w/o death of table, but, if you glue the legs with polyester glue or exterior Elmers, after curing you can take a hole saw and drill out lotsa wood and even do the edge skirt/facia.

If it is to be used out doors a lot consider making the ends come to a point of sorts. That makes it easier to make it level. And last, make a plastic cover for it, not a tarp, a cover, so if you do take it out doors it is dry in transit and after setting up. I used this gizmo crappy as it is to make a huge condom like coat to keep my giant hand made TIKI MAN dry when he was to be transported in wet/snowy weather. I wish I could find my pictures.... :-(

Please remember all my suggestions are gilding the lily, your project stands alone. It is very nice...as is.

aubiecat1 year ago

Very nice design. This would make a nice router table as well.

alcurb1 year ago

Awesome work. It is great for a place with limited space like my apartment!

I see it more as a spare table. With a nice finish and a butcher block style top, one can use it in the kitchen. It's usefulness for my only workbench is dubious because I don't see a way to attach my vice to it. The side boards are a bit wide for my vice clamp or for my articulated lamp clamp. I might have to cut a couple of notches somewhat sacrificing the table's integrity or make the top bigger so that there is a decent-sized lip.

Cueball211 year ago

Great design, even better execution!

Thank you for sharing it with us. I'm going to steal the idea and try to embellish it with a laminated 2x4 top. I'm thinking it will be study enough to use hand planes and chop out mortises and will not have metal screws in the top.

Thank you, again, for sharing your genius.

Sound of great applause!

schoonovermr (author)  Cueball211 year ago

Thanks! Make sure to post pictures!

Inspirational! I feel sure that this will inspire many related workbenches.

roboram1 year ago

Nice, Excellent plan and neat work. Thank you.

very well done

chuckyd1 year ago

That's a great plan. The only thing I would add would be an easily replaceable top cover made of hardboard. Then you could just glue and screw the top to the apron.

Mutazek1 year ago

Nice! I don't have so much space on my house to left a workbench all the time, this would be an excellent solution!

Kenno791 year ago

Neat :)

BobAtWork1 year ago

Elegant and inexpensive. Nice work - and thanks for sharing!

schoonovermr (author)  BobAtWork1 year ago


vjdoro1 year ago

I want to make one. Love that it takes up so little space when dismantled. Thanks.

schoonovermr (author)  vjdoro1 year ago

Thank you!

tbonham21 year ago
Hey Iam an OKLAHOMA SCHOONOVER I come from musicians and wood workers. What state are you from?
schoonovermr (author)  tbonham21 year ago

That's wierd! I'm from Georgia

wilgubeast1 year ago

Thanks for sharing such a useful and simple project. Your documentation is top notch and definitely deserving of a feature. Favorited so I can practice my lap joints AND get a sweet workbench out of the deal.

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