Do it Yourself Workbench Tech - Build Your Own Bike Work Stand

Nov. 01, 2005 By Rick Sieman
The plans for this simple and effective work bench came from the Texas Vintage Racing Club newsletter, courtesy of David Rhynehart, who thinks the plans came from a very old U.S. Norton Owners Association newsletter.

Material list:

  • You'll need 1 1/2 sheets of 4' x 8' x ?" plywood. Note: Buy three sheets with a friend and eliminate left-over material.
  • 2x4s. Two cut to 70 1/2 inches, two 22 ? inches and one 19 1/2 inches. One 22 ? inch 2x6.
  • Four sturdy hinges, approximately 2 inches by 4 inches on each plate of the hinge. At least three bolts per plate.
  • One hook-and-eye latch.
  • Assorted nails, screws, bolts, nuts and washers to attach hinges.

Note: Lengths of the 2x4s may need to be adjusted slightly to match the plywood pieces.

From one sheet of plywood, cut out the two sides and the two end pieces. Save the 12x96 section for later. Build the base from the two 70 ? inch 2x4s and from the 19 ? inch 2x4 and the 2x6. Bevel the top edge of the 2x6 to match the angle on the side pieces. Note: It's best to use screws for assembly.

Assemble the sides to the base, making sure the ends of the base are flush with the ends of the sides. Install the two 22 ? inch 2x4s as shown. Be sure the back edge of the pivot 2x4 is aligned with the angle where the top and the ramp cutout meet, or the top will not pivot properly.

Install one of the 18x24 plywood sheets onto the end, forming a box. Now attach the other 18x24 sheet to the 96x24 sheet with two hinges. Use nuts and bolts, with body washers between the bolt heads and the plywood.

Rest the assembly on top of the box with "A" flush with the ramp end of the box. With the box on its side, you can then place and mount the two pivot hinges. If you do not align the hinges properly, the top will not pivot. Turn the stand upright with "A" perpendicular to the base. The top should be parallel to the ground.

If everything has been done properly, you should be able to turn the "A" piece until it's parallel to the ground. The entire top should then pivot to form a ramp the bike can be pushed up. As the bike's center of gravity passes the pivot point, the top should return to a horizontal position and "A" will fold in, preventing the top from swiveling.


Build a front wheel stop so you don't push the bike off the end. It's best if the stop is positioned so the front axle is a few inches past the end of the box. Use eye bolts, or cut a hole in the sides, for tiedowns. Install the hook-and-eye latch at the angled end of the box to prevent "A" from pivoting unexpectedly!

Extra notes:

Cut holes in the sides for storage underneath. Use only top grade plywood. You can add 3/4 inch angle iron down each side of the top (screws every 6 to 8 inches) to prevent the top from flexing with heavier motorcycles. You might have to add some weight to the underside of the pivot end so it will stay in the down position when rolling a bike up on the stand. Make the front wheel stop moveable for different length bikes. Use oil base paint for the top. You can also add two 19 ? -inch 2x4s to the base for added strength. To make the stand look really pro, you can put some sheet metal on top, and this makes clean-up easy. Newsletter
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