Ideal for small workshops, the storage cabinet shown below and opposite features a door that serves double-duty as a sturdy work surface that folds up out of the way when it is not needed. Mounted on a frame that is anchored to wall studs, the unit is built with an adjustable shelf and a perforated hardboard back for organizing and hanging tools as well as a work table supported by folding legs. The cabinet-bench can be made entirely of %-inch plywood, except for the legs and leg rail, which are cut from 2-by-4 stock; the l-by-3 frame; the l-by-4 hinge brace assembly; and the hardboard back.
CUTTING LI5T Frame
— Stiles (2): 3A"x 2 Vz" x 24" Cabinet
— Shelf:3A"x10"x30Vz" Workbench
— Hinge brace rails (2): 3A"x 3 Vz" x 46 Vz"
— Hinge brace stiles (2):3A" x 3 Vz" x 16"
— Leg rail: 1 Vz" x 3 Vz" x 46 Vz"
Build the unit in three steps, starting with the frame, then making the cabinet section, and finally cutting and attaching the work table and legs. Referring to the cutting list for suggested dimensions, cut rabbets in the frame rails and stiles, then glue and screw them together. Next, screw the frame to the studs in your shop. Be sure to position the frame so that the work surface will be at a comfortable height, typically about 36 inches off the floor. Now build the cabinet sec tion, cutting the parts to size. Before assembling the pieces, bore two parallel rows of holes on the inside face of one side panel and the opposing face of the divider. Drill the holes at 1-inch intervals about 2 inches in from the edges of the panels. By inserting commercially available shelf supports in the holes, the height of the shelf can be adjusted to suit your particular needs. With the exception of the shelf, screw the parts together, then cut the hardboard to size and nail it to the cabinet. Fit the unit against the frame and use screws to attach the cabinet to the frame.
Saw the parts of the workbench to size, then screw the hinge brace rails and stiles and the benchtop rail and stiles to the underside of the bench-top (above, right). Attach the bench-top to the bottom of the cabinet section with a piano hinge, making sure the two edges are perfectly aligned.
With the workbench folded down and held parallel to the floor, measure the distance from the hinge brace rail to the floor and cut the legs to fit. Attach the legs to the rail with hinges, then screw levelers to the bottom of the legs and adjust them as necessary to level the bench-top. Add a folding metal brace to each leg for added support, screwing the flat end of the brace to the hinge brace stile and the other end to the outside edge of the leg. Also cut a leg rail to fit between the legs and screw it in place. Finally, install a hasp lock, screwing one part to the top of the cabinet and the other part to the benchtop rail.
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