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Old 06-27-2011, 11:31 PM   #1
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I'm going to be finishing my garage (putting up drywall and epoxying the floor) this coming month. I'd like to make the garage multi-purpose also. I'm thinking about having a pool table in there on special occasions so I'm wanting to put a small fold down bar top so that we can place drinks on top when using the garage as a pool hall. I looked at options such as www.youtube.com/watch?v=vetEgHa7Nso , the fold down work bench, which would be great, but the price tag of $350 just isn't in my budget. I'd like to build something simple and slightly smaller that can hold some weight as well.

Can anyone either point me to something already made? Or give me an idea of what I can do, and what I'll need.

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Go buy a 48" blank vanity top at Home Depot. Hinge one side to a wall and put a stick under the other side.

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Go buy a 48" blank vanity top at Home Depot. Hinge one side to a wall and put a stick under the other side.
What size hinges do you recommend? And what material should the stick be? Can I use Bamboo?

Just Kidding, even though I actually thought about that, I'd like something a little more profesional than that, without having to hire a profesional.
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I'd like something a little more profesional than that,
Buy a small folding table or a card table.

"Simple", "Fold Down", "Small", "Holds some weight", "Professional", "under $350".

Have you tried your local Good Will Store?
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I wanted to make something attached to the wall that can also serve as a shelve to put garage stuff. I just don't know much of what's around so I don't know what would be the best stuff to use, I'd imagine I need some wood, and some type of hinge with a locking mechanism.
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I wanted to make something attached to the wall that can also serve as a shelve to put garage stuff.
Okay so now you're just jerking my chain, right? What's wrong with this picture?
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Nothing, you never made anything multi purpose?
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I think what he's saying is: if you are going to use it as a storage shelf, why does it need to fold down?

Back when I lived in a townhouse, we had small 2 car garages. A lot of people built foldable work benches, so that you could collapse them and still put a car into the garage. They typical configuration was a 2x4 attached to the wall studs with lag-bolts, then 2 hinges attached to the 2x4 and a countertop. Then, either a 2x4 leg(s) was used or a shelf bracket. One guy had a large triangular shelf bracket on a piano hinge, mounted vertically on the wall. So, he folded the shelf bracket to the side, then the countertop down over the top of it. Only being about an inch wide, the shelf bracket easily fit behind the width of a 2x4 to which the countertop attached.
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Well even though I have a 2 car garage the cars barely fit, I have a mustang and a Volvo both are wide body and when they are both in you can't really open the doors so we need as much space as possible when the cars are in. But thanks anyway, I'll figure out something sooner or later, or maybe I'll come up with the $350 sometime.
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