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Light-Duty Folding Worktable

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Light-Duty Folding Worktable

By Kevin Boudreau

 

Sometimes a guy just needs some space on which to spread out. That’s why I built this folding worktable for my compact workshop. It’s not strong enough for heavy work, but it’s very handy for light-duty jobs. And it’s easy to fold up for storage—just remove the stretcher and fold up the legs. One set of legs rotates over the top and the other set folds under. 

I used scrap lumber to build my table and 1/4-in. plywood can easily be substituted for the pegboard. The support blocks provide extra strength for the hanger bolts that attach the legs to the top. The hanger bolts are set 1-in. down from the top. I attached one leg panel to the outside of one pair of legs and the other leg panel to the inside of the other pair of legs. This allows one pair of legs to fold over the table’s top and the other pair to fold under. Although you can change the dimensions if you want, I found that anything much bigger becomes cumbersome.

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This story originally appeared in American Woodworker September 2003, issue #102.

September 2003, issue #102

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