Portable workbench

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Project by spclPatrolGroup posted 10-04-2014 04:44 AM 4787 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my “little” work bench, roughly 19” by 5’, the top is about as heavy as I could make it and still be able to move around by myself. The idea is to be able to move it back and forth from the garage to the basement as the mercury drops, so it breaks down into 3 pieces, the top and the two leg assembly’s. All out of SYP, top ended up being about 3.75” after I leveled it with the router sled. The stretchers are pinned in the legs using dowels and no glue so they will rack back and forth a bit, which is handy for putting the tenons in and out of the mortises in the top. The tenons are tight, it only goes together with a hammer and block of wood, and that is the only way it comes apart so once put together it is very ridged. The only problem is its fairly narrow with a heavy top, so it will rock back and forth the narrow way when working, I am going to have to make some feet for the legs to extend the footprint out a little more. The overhang on the tail vise side is so I can build a freestanding cabinet to sit underneath it. Vises are just cheapies from lee valley, already wish I would have paid more for the quick release versions. The finish is Danish oil.

Thanks to all the people who answered some of my questions in the forums. I would have been finished much sooner but I had the top up on blocks when gluing the skirt boards on and it fell off and crushed my hand between itself and my large bench fracturing two bones in my hand.

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#1 posted 10-04-2014 05:18 AM

Looking great, thanks for sharing! I’m in the planning stages of a (dinner) tabletop workbench, not quite as heavy duty as yours, but good enough to get around some space limitations. Is SYP the same thing as big box 2×4s?

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#2 posted 10-04-2014 05:27 AM

Not really, construction lumber is a lot lighter and softer, Southern Yellow Pine is what they use for making trusses, its pretty dense and hard as far as pine goes. I would say its closer to Douglas fir, someone will have to chime in with more knowledge than me. I had to special order it as none of the lumber yards in my area carry it. I actually over ordered and have enough to build another bench, I’ll find a use for it sooner or later.

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#3 posted 10-04-2014 07:44 AM

Excellent. What’s going on in picture 6 – is that a jig for drilling dog holes?

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#4 posted 10-04-2014 02:34 PM

Well done looks solid and very nice. I’m jealous. Wish I had room.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 10-04-2014 03:23 PM

I wish I had room for a bench like this too. Nice work and thanks for sharing.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#6 posted 10-04-2014 04:53 PM

Dagless yes that is a jig to help me space dog holes.

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#7 posted 10-04-2014 06:07 PM

That’s a nice little design. I think I need to look into making this. Currently I only have a small store bought stamped metal and MDF workbench. I need something like this, compact and has a bench dog system.

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#8 posted 10-04-2014 08:27 PM

Nice bench, maybe you could put a 2 X 12 stretcher between the narrow legs with 1/4” treaded rod going right through the legs and stretcher like what I did here.
You could un bolt the rods pull them and move the bench

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#9 posted 10-04-2014 10:08 PM

I like the idea of using some sort of bolts or threaded rod.

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#10 posted 10-05-2014 12:14 AM

nice looking bench.

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#11 posted 10-05-2014 12:24 AM

Very nice bench, great idea making it so it can be broke down.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#12 posted 12-05-2014 03:08 PM

Nice job
Try this joint for cross braces. I think it will be easier to dismantle/ assemble

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