How to Repurpose a Folding Table into a Workbench

Folding tables are great to have when extra people visit for dinner. However, once they’re beaten up and past their prime, they’re no longer appropriate for this purpose.

But you can repurpose them for use in your workshop or garage.

Just transform that old folding table into a workbench that you can store away when you no longer need to use it.

How to Turn a Folding Table into a Workbench

Folding tables are just 29 inches tall, manufactured, and that’s uncomfortable for working while standing up, but with a few simple tweaks you can make it more manageable.

Four pipes on a workshop table during a Simple Solutions segment of Today's Homeowner
Four pipes can be all you need to create a more comfortable workspace for your projects.

We’re going to extend the legs with a 1-inch-diameter PVC pipe. Just slip the pipe over each metal leg and cap the bottoms. Don’t bother gluing each pipe; just put it on.

Now, you have a table that has a working height of about 36 inches, which is comfortable, countertop height.

And, when you don’t need it, you can fold it up and store it away.

Watch the video, and check out more Simple Solutions.

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  1. i HAVE THE TABLE LEGS BUT SAD TO SAY THE TABLE TOP FELL APART AND NEED AN OUTDOOR WORKBENCH FOR THE NICER WEATHER .I want to build something soon for hubby and my 48 th wedding anniversary on Feb.18th but with ice storms I guess it is not going to happen .It is already the 12 th sad to say .I cannot come up with anything fast .He loves our 5000 gallon koi pond and wanted something he could enjoy there like a feeding station for fish food any ideas

    • Hi, Betty!
      We’re always looking for homeowners to call into our radio show and ask questions directly to Danny and Joe.
      We’ve reviewed your question and shared it with our radio producer.

      Take care. 🙂

    • Hi, Tena!
      We had these pieces on hand and didn’t cut them to size.
      Choose a comfortable working height for you, and let that guide the pipes’ size.
      As long as you cut each piece the same size, you can’t go wrong.
      Good luck. 🙂


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