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Invisible Workstation



Not everyone lives in the suburbs and has a garage for doing DIY projects and storing power tools. For those of us who don’t want city living to slow down our creativity and desire to build, we created this "invisible" workstation that can transform a wall into an efficient, DIY storage cabinet and work table. It is made from strips of plywood and has a chalkboard finish that makes it look more like a modern piece of furniture than a place to store power tools.

Click here to download Homemade Modern's project plans for this How-To!

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      Rip cut 5.5” wide strips of plywood with a circular saw. Clamp a straight edge to a full sheet of plywood and cut strips of 4 strips plywood 8 feet long. Cut 5 of these strips 8 feet long. A table saw makes it easier to make precise cuts but a circular saw works fine as well.

    2. Step: 2

      Make your cross cuts. Use a miter saw to cross cut the strips of plywood to the lengths shown in the diagram. Cross Cut list: 3’-10” x 2 3” x 55 2” x 10 8.75” x 3 3’ x 1

    3. Step: 3

      Assemble the frame. The frame for this station is made by stacking and screwing the pieces of plywood together. Use 1 ¼” screws to screw the layers of plywood together.

    4. Step: 4

      Sand the shelves. The shelf pieces of plywood need to be sanded down about 1/16” so that the slide in the notches of the frame.

    5. Step: 5

      Cut the door. Measure the size of the frame and then cut a 2 pieces of plywood to use as a door.

    6. Step: 6

      Glue and screw the 2 door pieces together. We want the door to be a double thick piece of plywood so glue and screw the 2 layers together.

    7. Step: 7

      Paint the door. I painted the front face of the door with chalkboard paint.

    8. Step: 8

      Install the door and hardware. Use hinges to attach the door to the frame and use a piece of cord to stop the door at a horizontal open position. Drill holes in the top of the frame and in the door to tie the cord. A chain will also work.

    9. Step: 9

      Customize the shelves. You can customize the shelves for different tools and accessories.

Comments (11)


  • Its interesting of how they used multiple pieces instead of a 4x4.
    By Ted L., on February 16, 2016


  • Spot on for city dwelling, or any dwelling at that!
    By AlwaysAloha, on February 17, 2016


  • Nice idea for an outside bar.
    By Mtyman5477, on February 17, 2016

  • Original approach. Very unique and at a quick glance of the photos it looks almost like bamboo. You got my vote!
    By BigSexy, on February 22, 2016

  • thanks for designing one for us small apartment renters. I'm definitely going to give this a go!
    By stobor, on March 18, 2016

  • Nice. But no comment about the door support made of black pipe. Looks as to swivel to the side when not needed to help hold the "desk top " in place. That is most interesting. thanks
    By serviceis_13896, on March 18, 2016

  • Love the design, good job! I am building something similar and will include much of your design. Instead of the pipe and chains for support, I am planning to build a set of right angled triangles that mount to the wall on hinges. What do you think? Cheers, Jordan
    By JordanL, on March 18, 2016

  • this is something even I can make
    By sherrymontez, on March 19, 2016

  • @Ted L. - Maybe for looks and laminated is stronger than a single piece.
    By m3rdpwr_1148, on March 20, 2016

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Invisible Workstation

by Homemade Modern
Feb 05, 2016
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Not everyone lives in the suburbs and has a garage for doing DIY projects and storing power tools. For those of us who don’t want city living to slow down our creativity and desire to build, we created this "invisible" workstation that can transform a wall into an efficient, DIY storage cabinet and work table. It is made from strips of plywood and has a chalkboard finish that makes it look more like a modern piece of furniture than a place to store power tools. <a href="http://eff5c75290b0e498bfcc-cdb2fd2cc8e016557784fa363a2704b5.r93.cf1.rackcdn.com/pdf/RyobiFoldUpStation.pdf" target=_blank>Click here to download Homemade Modern's project plans for this How-To!</a>

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1

    Rip cut 5.5” wide strips of plywood with a circular saw. Clamp a straight edge to a full sheet of plywood and cut strips of 4 strips plywood 8 feet long. Cut 5 of these strips 8 feet long. A table saw makes it easier to make precise cuts but a circular saw works fine as well.

  2. Step: 2

    Make your cross cuts. Use a miter saw to cross cut the strips of plywood to the lengths shown in the diagram. Cross Cut list: 3’-10” x 2 3” x 55 2” x 10 8.75” x 3 3’ x 1

  3. Step: 3

    Assemble the frame. The frame for this station is made by stacking and screwing the pieces of plywood together. Use 1 ¼” screws to screw the layers of plywood together.

  4. Step: 4

    Sand the shelves. The shelf pieces of plywood need to be sanded down about 1/16” so that the slide in the notches of the frame.

  5. Step: 5

    Cut the door. Measure the size of the frame and then cut a 2 pieces of plywood to use as a door.

  6. Step: 6

    Glue and screw the 2 door pieces together. We want the door to be a double thick piece of plywood so glue and screw the 2 layers together.

  7. Step: 7

    Paint the door. I painted the front face of the door with chalkboard paint.

  8. Step: 8

    Install the door and hardware. Use hinges to attach the door to the frame and use a piece of cord to stop the door at a horizontal open position. Drill holes in the top of the frame and in the door to tie the cord. A chain will also work.

  9. Step: 9

    Customize the shelves. You can customize the shelves for different tools and accessories.