Collapsible workbench

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Project by Doug posted 08-31-2014 01:17 PM 42752 views 19 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes as woodworkers we tend to save scrapes and bits of information and ides. Well this project I build today came from an article in Popular Mechanic April 1984! I knew I had it somewhere, and I knew I needed to build one for the next on site project I have coming up in September. Sure I could have simply bought a workmate, but I think as a woodworker it shows your respect and skills foe woodworking if you could make one yourself. So I thought I would share this easy to build project. If anyone is interested in the plans and materials list I will be more than happy to email them to you. I know it may not look exactly as the photo shows, but I used what I had hanging around, but to I must assure you the jaws work just fine, and it does fold up as shown also. Like Tommy Mac often says , “just make it your own. ” This is a great weekend project which includes woodworking and some metal working as well. Nothing special to buy or any need for specially tools, Outside of a tap or two.

-- Doug, Long Island, Winterwood

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#1 posted 08-31-2014 01:49 PM

Very nice. I always like looking at the old magazines for ideas.

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.

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#2 posted 08-31-2014 03:16 PM

Excellent! looks like a straightforward design, well executed. Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 09-01-2014 01:55 AM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 09-02-2014 05:17 AM

Great idea. I found the plans online, Google Books has all the past issues of Popular Mechanics.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 12-28-2014 05:35 PM

That looks better than the last one I bought.

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#6 posted 11-16-2015 08:54 PM

I’m new to this site. Your project just drew me in. what a cool looking workbench. It sure beats any store bought item. Can you forward a copy of the plans please? Thanks for sharing. email: [email protected]

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#7 posted 11-16-2015 08:59 PM

This is a great addition to your shop. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 05-15-2017 03:15 AM

I am new to this site also. Would live it if you forwarded me the plans also.
[email protected]

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#9 posted 05-26-2017 12:08 PM

This looks great-could you please email me the plans and materials list?

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#10 posted 05-26-2017 06:33 PM

If you take a minute to search, you can find the plans on Google books.

-- Rick M,

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#11 posted 10-18-2017 03:27 PM

I love the idea of a small folding workbench!!!
Keep up the creating & good building.
I would love to get the plans.
Please email them to [email protected]

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#13 posted 10-18-2017 05:29 PM

I made a collapsible workbench a few years ago, it wasn’t supposed to collapse, it did, and ended up as scrap wood. Haste makes waste!

The one you built will not end up that way as it looks a lot sturdier!
Nice project and useful addition to a shop!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#14 posted 12-08-2017 11:34 PM

Please send me the the plans as well
[email protected]

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#15 posted 12-09-2017 11:18 PM

Great little project!!!

I would love for you to send me the plans to [email protected]!
Thank you

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