Portable Saw buck/Glue bench/Potting table!

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Project by GnarlyErik posted 08-15-2012 04:01 PM 5870 views 10 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of the handiest little shop assistants I have. I was constantly getting down my saw horses for small cut-off events, and then re-stowing them after a single cut or two. So I made a portable saw buck with wheels that sits ready any time I need it. I can wheel it around, take it outside, stow it on its end in a corner or whatever.

The bench is 24” wide by 48” long by 30” high to suit my preferences. Material is 2×3 frame & legs and 1×3 rails to keep weight down. Plywood gussets hold it all together and square. The legs are splayed the width of the top beams and fitted inside so the beams may be clamped to anywhere around the perimeter. The rail and beams are notched flush on top and glue-fastened so there are no nails or screws in the top surfaces to hit with a tool of mar the stock I am working on. The top surface is perfectly flat and squared for glueing needs. The voids between the center rail and the cross beams are used to clamp to or saw between. A disc sander easily cleans off any glue or paint which gets on the top surfaces.

Two small fixed wheels are affixed to the outside of a pair of legs on one end, flush with the floor. A small grab handle is fitted to the center of the opposite end. The wheels were salvaged from an old home entertainment system, but any kind capable of supporting the weight will do. Lifting 6” by the handle end lets the wheels contact the floor and the whole affair is then easily wheeled anywhere. A piece of plywood is laid on top to make a working table as needed. I sit at the bench in my shop chair to work on small projects, and my wife uses it for a potting table.

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#1 posted 08-16-2012 02:03 PM

This is a great piece. I have been thinking about doing something similar. Just didn’t know what I wanted. This helps a lot. I was thinking of using wheels on all four corners, but like the idea of just two that work when the table is tilted.

Great job!

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#2 posted 08-17-2012 01:45 AM

Wow, I need to make one asap. I’ve been dragging pallets around up till now.


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#3 posted 08-17-2012 01:53 AM

The reason for using two instead of four wheels is the buck can not roll when you use it. Also note the bottom rail which I sometimes put my foot on to hold things steady since the buck itself is fairly light.

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