Compact Balcony Workbench from Classic Sjobergs Designs

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Project by Gerald Etto posted 01-04-2021 12:17 PM 1000 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second workbench. My first was a mess of ideas and things I wanted but didn’t have the patience or experience to execute.

This time, I chose the classic Sjobergs Elite workbench design but made it much more compact. I made it from Southern Yellow Pine and Acacia. It measures about 2 feet by 3.5 feet. I made a matching cabinet last week and completed my initial design idea.

This workbench is equipped with an Irwin vise. I’m going to be using only hand tools here since it’s on my apartment balcony. Now I finally have the time to learn the finer art of woodworking.

I love this workbench so much, I’m thinking of building the full-sized version with two vises and a hard maple top next year.

Here my build video:

-- Weekend Woodworker @

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#1 posted 01-04-2021 01:00 PM

Beautiful work on this bench.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 01-04-2021 01:20 PM

welcome to the journey.

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 01-04-2021 01:55 PM

Love it. You should be very proud.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#4 posted 01-04-2021 03:19 PM

So nice! Does it live on the balcony, or inside?

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#5 posted 01-04-2021 03:52 PM

Very nice bench there. I think you got this!

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#6 posted 01-04-2021 06:06 PM

Good job. I’m glad to see so many people making their situations work for them.

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#7 posted 01-04-2021 06:10 PM

great compact bench. looks like this will be a great place to do many projects to come!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 01-04-2021 08:00 PM

Woodworking finds a way.

-- It's a fine line between clever and stupid

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#9 posted 01-05-2021 12:04 AM

love that bench. I have to figure out what I can fit into my space.

-- Petey

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#10 posted 01-05-2021 12:11 AM

nice bench if anyone says they dont have enough room to do woodworking they need too see you.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#11 posted 01-05-2021 01:01 AM

So nice! Does it live on the balcony, or inside?

- SawdustTX

It’s on the balcony, bolted to the wall so it doesn’t move.

-- Weekend Woodworker @

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#12 posted 01-11-2021 02:10 PM

A great functional solution to limited space. Nicely executed.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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