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Murphy Worktable

See how the RYOBI Nation Dream Workshop maximizes space with this DIY Murphy Worktable. Check out the features of this sturdy solution that folds easily onto a wall-mounted frame. Download the plans and start turning your space into your own Dream Workshop.

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Start by constructing the sides
of the cabinet.
Square off the edges of two
2x8s cut 45-1/2” long.
Next, make an angled cut so
the top of each board starts at
3-1/4” deep then tapers down
to the corner of the 2x8.


Start by constructing the sides
of the cabinet.
Square off the edges of two
2x8s cut 45-1/2” long.
Next, make an angled cut so
the top of each board starts at
3-1/4” deep then tapers down
to the corner of the 2x8.
×

Next, from the remaining
milled 2x8 material, cut a
piece 30” long. Make an
angled cut along the length
of the board to match the
angle and depth of the
cabinet sides.
Drill pilot holes and attach
top to cabinet sides with (4)
2-1/2” screws.


Next, from the remaining
milled 2x8 material, cut a
piece 30” long. Make an
angled cut along the length
of the board to match the
angle and depth of the
cabinet sides.
Drill pilot holes and attach
top to cabinet sides with (4)
2-1/2” screws.
×

To make the cabinet base,
square off a 2x8 cut 30” long
and attach with (4) 2-1/2”
screws.


To make the cabinet base,
square off a 2x8 cut 30” long
and attach with (4) 2-1/2”
screws.
×

Attach back of cabinet with
3 wood glue and 1-1/2” screws.


Attach back of cabinet with
3 wood glue and 1-1/2” screws.
×

Measure the inside width of cabinet and use that measurement for the
width of the shelves.
To calculate the shelf depth, measure the depth of the cabinet at the
desired placement of the shelf and subtract 3/4”. This will ensure the
front of the shelf is flush with the tapered edge of the cabinet sides
once the face trim is attached.
Cut the desired number of shelves from 3/4” plywood.
Apply glue to back and sides of each shelf and screw from back and
sides with 2-1/2” screws.


Measure the inside width of cabinet and use that measurement for the
width of the shelves.
To calculate the shelf depth, measure the depth of the cabinet at the
desired placement of the shelf and subtract 3/4”. This will ensure the
front of the shelf is flush with the tapered edge of the cabinet sides
once the face trim is attached.
Cut the desired number of shelves from 3/4” plywood.
Apply glue to back and sides of each shelf and screw from back and
sides with 2-1/2” screws.
×

From 1x2” boards, cut the face trim for each shelf. Apply glue front of
each shelf and attach using 1-1/4” brad nails


From 1x2” boards, cut the face trim for each shelf. Apply glue front of
each shelf and attach using 1-1/4” brad nails
×

To construct work table, start by squaring off the edges of 2x4 boards
and cut a rabbet groove 3/4” wide and 3/4” deep along the entire
length of the boards. This rabbet will accept the plywood table top.


To construct work table, start by squaring off the edges of 2x4 boards
and cut a rabbet groove 3/4” wide and 3/4” deep along the entire
length of the boards. This rabbet will accept the plywood table top.
×

Next, trim out the table top like a picture frame. Using a miter saw set
to 450, cut two boards 48” long and two boards 30” long.


Next, trim out the table top like a picture frame. Using a miter saw set
to 450, cut two boards 48” long and two boards 30” long.
×

Lay out each side of the table frame. Drill pilot holes through the sides
of the frame. Apply glue to miter cuts and fasten the frame together
using 3-1/2” screws.


Lay out each side of the table frame. Drill pilot holes through the sides
of the frame. Apply glue to miter cuts and fasten the frame together
using 3-1/2” screws.
×

Measure the length and width from the outer edge of rabbet cut in the
frame and use that measurement to cut table top from 3/4” plywood.
Apply glue inside rabbet cut. Table top should fit flush inside the frame.
Fasten to frame using 1-1/4” brad nails.


Measure the length and width from the outer edge of rabbet cut in the
frame and use that measurement to cut table top from 3/4” plywood.
Apply glue inside rabbet cut. Table top should fit flush inside the frame.
Fasten to frame using 1-1/4” brad nails.
×

To construct table leg, start by squaring off the edges of 2x4 boards
and cut a rabbet groove 3/4” wide and 3/4” deep along the entire
length of the boards. This rabbet will accept the plywood inlay.


To construct table leg, start by squaring off the edges of 2x4 boards
and cut a rabbet groove 3/4” wide and 3/4” deep along the entire
length of the boards. This rabbet will accept the plywood inlay.
×

Next, trim out the table leg like a picture frame. Using a miter saw set
to 450, cut two boards 34-1/4” long and two boards 30” long.


Next, trim out the table leg like a picture frame. Using a miter saw set
to 450, cut two boards 34-1/4” long and two boards 30” long.
×

Layout each side of the leg frame. Drill pilot holes through the sides of
the frame. Apply glue to miter cuts and fasten the frame together using
3-1/2” screws.


Layout each side of the leg frame. Drill pilot holes through the sides of
the frame. Apply glue to miter cuts and fasten the frame together using
3-1/2” screws.
×

Measure the length and width from the outer edge of rabbet cut in
the frame and use that measurement to cut the leg inset from
3/4” plywood.
Apply glue inside rabbet cut. Leg inset should fit flush inside the frame.
Fasten to frame using 1-1/4” brad nails.


Measure the length and width from the outer edge of rabbet cut in
the frame and use that measurement to cut the leg inset from
3/4” plywood.
Apply glue inside rabbet cut. Leg inset should fit flush inside the frame.
Fasten to frame using 1-1/4” brad nails.
×

Attach table to cabinet with piano hinge as instructed by
the manufacturer.


Attach table to cabinet with piano hinge as instructed by
the manufacturer.
×

Attach leg to table leg to the table with piano hinge and both right and
left lid support hinge as instructed by the manufacturer.
Attach pull handle to bottom of leg.
Attach rubber surface pad to bottom of table leg.


Attach leg to table leg to the table with piano hinge and both right and
left lid support hinge as instructed by the manufacturer.
Attach pull handle to bottom of leg.
Attach rubber surface pad to bottom of table leg.
×

For safety, install 6” black hook and eye latch, or other hardware to
lock the table to the cabinet.


For safety, install 6” black hook and eye latch, or other hardware to
lock the table to the cabinet.
×

Locate studs in wall and hang completed cabinet to the wall by
driving (6) 2-7/8” Headlok screws through the back of the cabinet
into the wall’s studs.


Locate studs in wall and hang completed cabinet to the wall by
driving (6) 2-7/8” Headlok screws through the back of the cabinet
into the wall’s studs.
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grover959
grover959

This is such a cool and versatile design. I especially like the hidden storage and chalkboard.

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Project Information

Difficulty: Intermediate
Category: Garage

Materials Used:

  • drill bits for pilot holes

  • rabbeting router bit

  • chalkboard paint, if desired

  • wood glue

  • 1-1/4” brad nails

  • 1-1/2” screws

  • 2-1/2” screws

  • 3-1/2” screws

  • (4) 2-7/8” headlok screws

  • (1) 6” hook and eye latch

  • (1) right-side lid support hinge

  • (1) left-side lid support hinge

  • (2) 1-1/2”x30” continuous hinge

  • (1) 48”x96” 3/4” plywood

  • (1) 1”x2”x8’

  • (3) 2”x4”x8’

  • (2) 2”x8”x8’


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