Multi-Function Bench

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Project by Jim Bertelson posted 07-18-2011 12:24 AM 8935 views 23 times favorited 48 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was previewed as a Mini-Bench, but that was apparently confusing. So I gave it the more appropriate Multi-Function name.

This bench is where I sand, assemble, and glue-up projects. It holds a compressor, nail guns and the nails.

It has been presented as a blog today in a more detailed fashion….

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#1 posted 07-18-2011 12:28 AM

This is fabulous a real multifunction bench…so the name is very appropriate.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 07-18-2011 12:46 AM

Excellent concept, nice execution.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#3 posted 07-18-2011 12:50 AM

Very nice Jim !
Looks like a lot of function in that package!

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#4 posted 07-18-2011 01:23 AM

what a great place to work. everything right where you need them

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 07-18-2011 01:27 AM

The downdraft capability was a recent inspiration….....all I had to do was add on a dust collector port. I also have a piece of hardboard, with rounded off corners that will fit over up to 2/3 of the slots, to increase the power for the rest. It is routinely used.

I remember you making a bunch of parallel cross-slots in a bench for the TWS. I actually like that better than this concept, but because of the complexity of the two sides, I couldn’t do that.

Thanks a lot for viewing.

By the way, I really like your travelogs, I like to look up the geography and such. Gotta get down there again…..

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 07-18-2011 01:30 AM

The teasing is over AT LAST!!! lol This is a great idea Jim.

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#7 posted 07-18-2011 01:30 AM


Thanks for viewing, this fits my smallish shop and work style. Really getting into the nail guns. Used them constantly on this bench…....almost all glue and nails. Gotta partner in business from down your way in Kansas….......

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 07-18-2011 01:37 AM

Über Cool!!

Sure wish I had more room!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 07-18-2011 01:39 AM


Sort of like Norm Abram meets MacGyver.

I like it !!

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 07-18-2011 01:40 AM


The side of the top with the piers….. don’t think I would do that again. Understand that the top was build first, and it was so useful, I was worried about the flimsy legs on my old set of 3 project tables. Well, one thing lead to another, and I was into the project from hell…........(-:

Oh well, this was way too frugal a project. Next time I will spend more money on good lumber and plywood.

I criss-cross my heart and hope to die…if I don’t. You know, the old depression mentality of my upbringing. Hard to break those habits.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 07-18-2011 01:47 AM


Hey kid, love your wheelchair workers forum topic….right on buddy!!!

I am sure you could have added about 10 more functions….youse is better at this kind of thing than I.

Yah, I knew I had to get the thing out there. It is just so blessed complex.

Have a good one…....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#12 posted 07-18-2011 02:02 AM


Could you negotiate with Mimi to use part of the kitchen, you know, if you kept it clean? The flip side of the top could be a butcher block…........right?........(-:

Or…..a separate shop in the yard, at least for summertime use…....I used a narrow shed inTennessee in another life…..about 37 years ago…......

This is pretty compact. The top is 48.5×25.5 inches, that is why I initially called it a minibench, but that didn’t give the right image, since it is pushing 400 pounds…........(-:

I do all my construction on this bench now….....will put a wood vise on the left end. Putting a vise on is tricky, but I think it can be done. I have a very large old wood vise on my big bench, but I would like a vise here as well. This bench will be great for planing, or anything else, as long as it will fit. It is very rigid, strong, and heavy…..

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 07-18-2011 02:16 AM


You know, it’s just fabulous now, since it is done. But I wish I had never started it… know the drill, one thing leads to another…the tar ball.

But it is the hub of activity in the shop. Everything gets done there, once the pieces are cut and milled.

OK, I think I will depart from my order of business and make a project for the house, the entry way thing from the garage into the house, with a bench and places for shoes.

This time only quality wood, I am thinking oak.

Gotta get out of this shop rut…...........

Relaxing weekend, thankfully…....barbecueing chicken tonight.

Sherie brings home a 6 pound whole chicken. I am good at cutting them up with the scalpels in the kitchen…....I am not sure what number blade a Wusthof is in medical terms. I usually use Le Cordan Bleu French Chef’s knife that didn’t come with the set for routine chopping, but use the one from the set for chopping through bone, has a protected hilt, a little heavier.

Growing strawberries in the pots in those planter stands I made last year…....they taste great.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 07-18-2011 02:40 AM

well what i want to know is if you were able to put this together quicker then the grill…if so…this could be a major break through for the bertelson crew…i would have to nominate you for the baja 500 trail crew for changing tires…and then there is the whole mulit taking concept here…wow i was trying to figure out the slots and the holes…., this project bespeaks lots of thought and its a great work bench…so much to it..ive also got to talk to you about Tuesday nights…will do that in a pm…great build here jim…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#15 posted 07-18-2011 03:02 AM


This project if you include the top, was at least 4 months. Not that I didn’t do a few minor other things along the way…......but gee whiz…...crazy.

So, the grill was a piece of hamburger…......cake wouldn’t be appropriate, right?

The slots, got lots of pictures for those…........check out this blog item…....

So have a good one….youse been making great stuff lately.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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