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Murphy Worktable


Tom Bury
Tom Bury
Tom Bury
Tom Bury

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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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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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.

    2. Step: 2

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      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.

    3. Step: 3

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

    4. Step: 4

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

    5. Step: 5

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      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 the back and sides of each shelf and screw from back and sides with 2-1/2” screws.

    6. Step: 6

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

    7. Step: 7

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      To construct the 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.

    8. Step: 8

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      Next, trim out the table top like a picture frame. Using a miter saw set to 45 degrees and cut two boards 48” long and two boards 30” long.

    9. Step: 9

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

    10. Step: 10

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      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. The table top should fit flush inside of the frame. Fasten to the frame using 1-1/4” brad nails.

    11. Step: 11

      To construct the table legs, 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.

    12. Step: 12

      Next, trim out the table leg like a picture frame. Using a miter saw set to 45 degrees, cut two boards 34-1/4” long and two boards 30” long.

    13. Step: 13

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

    14. Step: 14

      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. The leg inset should fit flush inside the frame. Fasten to the frame using 1-1/4” brad nails.

    15. Step: 15

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

    16. Step: 16

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      Attach 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.

    17. Step: 17

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

    18. Step: 18

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      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.

Comments (8)


  • This is such a cool and versatile design. I especially like the hidden storage and chalkboard.
    By grover959, on January 7, 2018

  • How much weight does this table hold?
    By mrsdiy, on January 17, 2018
    • We haven't done weight testing on it to give you an exact answer, but it is a very sturdy table!
      By RYOBI NATION, on February 8, 2018


  • Where do you find the plans?
    By masswood, on February 8, 2018
    • @masswood You can find the plans on RYOBI Nation's Dream Workshop website here:https://www.ryobitools.com/nation/dreamworkshop
      By RYOBI NATION, on February 9, 2018

  • What is the wall paint color?
    By mahlesalvage, on March 1, 2018

  • Great idea and very useful! 
    By Jgarcia779, on April 23, 2018

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Murphy Worktable

by Tom Bury
Jan 02, 2018
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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.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 9dc66ad2 59fd 4696 bcf1 747458910f57

    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.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 38e58368 0038 479a 8b48 00bc0515e2bc

    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.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 646cf8ba e402 4025 9595 36c3f789fd94

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

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 462ff982 6ef1 4606 9262 5480df8324f8

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

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 7c1462fc 9c55 4208 abb8 dcafbb93699c

    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 the back and sides of each shelf and screw from back and sides with 2-1/2” screws.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 20f3d71e c850 43be a3d6 18b538aa4da2

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

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 11445118 9ae7 42b1 be77 14cf7aac86db

    To construct the 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.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge aa63b100 966e 4ccb 927f 62612e4b559f

    Next, trim out the table top like a picture frame. Using a miter saw set to 45 degrees and cut two boards 48” long and two boards 30” long.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 8b080ebb 8bd6 4dc2 b641 b443d855a364

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

  10. Step: 10
    Huge 6ecb9c8a b092 4aa7 abd9 74c1d764f37a

    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. The table top should fit flush inside of the frame. Fasten to the frame using 1-1/4” brad nails.

  11. Step: 11

    To construct the table legs, 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.

  12. Step: 12

    Next, trim out the table leg like a picture frame. Using a miter saw set to 45 degrees, cut two boards 34-1/4” long and two boards 30” long.

  13. Step: 13

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

  14. Step: 14

    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. The leg inset should fit flush inside the frame. Fasten to the frame using 1-1/4” brad nails.

  15. Step: 15
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    Attach the table to the cabinet with piano hinge as instructed by the manufacturer.

  16. Step: 16
    Huge c2664d80 d393 45a9 b191 2bc70c75cc24

    Attach 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.

  17. Step: 17
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    For safety, install 6” black hook and eye latch, or other hardware to lock the table to the cabinet.

  18. Step: 18
    Huge e7477cac 7d07 4939 b93e 97d348882088

    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.