Even though we’ve been DIY enthusiasts all our lives, we’re frequently shocked by just how often being a handy person comes in… well, handy! For example, we recently decided it was time to retire the old garage workbench we inherited many years ago when we first started dabbling in woodworking and, rather than buying a new one, we’re feeling up to the challenge of making one ourselves. That’s why we’ve been on an Internet-wide hunt for ideas and inspiration.
Just in case you like the idea of building your very own workbench just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best resources, designs, and tutorials we’ve come across in out search so far!
1. Folding wall mounted work bench
Are you actually a little bit restricted for space in the room you’ve got to work with so you’re looking for a creative way to work around that? In that case, we might have found the best idea for you right off the bat! Check out how Wilkerdos made this simple, flat top workbench that not only folds up, but its actually mounted on the wall so that it clears floor space entirely when it’s not being used.
2. Folding workbench with storage
Just in case you loved the idea of making a workbench that folds flat against your wall but you’ll still need somewhere to put all the stuff you’d usually have left sitting on it, here’s a version from Just Measuring Up that also provides you with storage! Their tutorial shows you how to add a simple piece right above where the table is mounted that features several little trays or cubbies for you to organize tools and supplies.
3. Folding mobile workbench
Are you quite intrigued indeed by the idea of having a workbench that you can fold away but you don’t want the wall mounted kind? Maybe you don’t have that kind of wall space to work with or perhaps you actually travel with your work and would like to have a table to take with you. In either case, we think you’ll get along a little better with something like this fantastic folding mobile workbench outlined step by step on Family Handyman.
4. Collapsible, portable workbench “briefcase”
Are you very interested indeed in the idea of making a folding, portable workbench that you can actually take with you but you’d prefer one that’s a little bit easier to carry while you juggle other things too, since you do travel quite a lot with your work? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Funky Junk Interiors made this mobile table that actually folds down into a sort of wooden briefcase with metal handles.