Mobile Workbench and Tool Cabinet

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Project by GCM posted 09-25-2012 06:48 AM 3374 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my new portable work bench and tool cabinet – one of a series of workshop workstations I will be building based on Danny Proulx’s book “Woodshop Workstations”. It is built with 16mm MDF with the bench top edged with Tasmanian Oak.

I found the panels so hard to cut that I have decided my very next project will be a table saw workstation and shopmade Beisemeyer style fence. The workstation will also be built based on Danny’s book but will vary markedly due to my crummy table saw and other needs and wants.

The main motivation for building this series of workstations is to optimise the space in my double garage so I can bring my car in at least if there’s a storm brewing…

-- Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-25-2012 12:31 PM

Nice mobile work bench! One suggestion, add more over hang for clamping and put a nice vise on it…........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 09-25-2012 03:10 PM

That mobile work bench is very impressive looking my friend, nice craftsmanship. That is exactly what I plan on working on in the near future to optimize the very little space we have in our two car garage. I want to make everything portable so we can at least bring the car in if the weather gets ugly.
Nice job!

-- Russ and Christina enjoying life with our two poochies!! :)

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#3 posted 09-25-2012 03:35 PM

Very neat and clean looking tool cabinet. Should get lots of use.
Well done.

-- The greatest risk is not taking one...

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#4 posted 09-25-2012 03:51 PM

Very nice, you are correct the table saw should be next. I still use a cir saw and a straight edge to break heavy panels down to get them to table saw for final sizing. Though with a good straight edge I can cut panels to the correct size with my circular saw. Keep in mind the next thing for cutting panels on a table saw is a large support area to hold the cut panel.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 09-25-2012 04:56 PM

Very nice and clean. And you made it with a skill saw? Double points for that alone. Keep us posted on the Beisemeyer shop made fence. I drool everytime I see a Beisemeyer but it’s outta my reach right now.

-- Bryan

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#6 posted 09-25-2012 08:08 PM

Nice workstation plenty of storage space. You will fill it up fast, then have to build another one.

-- Its all about the jigs

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#7 posted 09-26-2012 12:53 AM

@Jim Jakosh – Yes Jim my original design had that but then I thought, well I don’t have a vice to go on it (it’s on another bench which is currently covered with things that will be put in and on this one) so I decided to stick with Danny’s dimensions. There is actually more overhang on the back than on the front (I won’t go into why I did that other than to say the drawers weren’t fitted at the time (blush)) but because the top was the last thing I made I had a “ran out of material” experience – getting more material is a big issue where I am located – but the top is only screwed on so can be relocated or replaced as desired. There is only slightly less overhang than Danny’s original design.

@Bubba84 – thanks, and yes everything on wheels I think is the way to go…

@ChrisK and Bsmith

Thanks, yes 95% with the circular saw as the panels were all too big for my small contractor’s saw – I have done this before with varying success (at least in terms of accuracy) – I actually don’t like doing it – this time I started out with a straight edge but about a quarter of the way through bit the bullet and made 2 jigs (hence the running out of material for the top :-() – one large and one small – to increase the accuracy.

In retrospect I had to build 5 jigs for this project – a sheet material cutting table (made out of the pallet the MDF sheets came on), 2 cutting jigs, a “squaring jig” for making the drawers, and a thin strip cutting jig for making the edge banding (needs revisiting). All will prove useful on future projects (except maybe the latter – gotta be a better way).

@ChrisK – yes it’ll be a table saw workstation so it will have and extended table to the right of the blade – and smaller extended table at the back of the blade to be coupled with a multi-purpose outfeed table, and some sort of adjustable infeed mechanism that is yet to be determined (suggestions welcome :-))

Thanks again all.

PS: This was the first time I have edged banded MDF and I am impressed – it seems to turn it into something much nicer – time will tell as to whether the banding will stay on though…

-- Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.

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#8 posted 09-26-2012 12:25 PM


An in feed table is something I need, just do not have the room for. A small table that is at the same height ( or a little higher +1/32) as the saw table would be better that nothing. It just has to be attached to the saw so it cannot tip when you slide the wood over it. I also recommend sealing the raw MDF with polyurethane or other water resistant coating to prevent the MDF rising when it gets wet from coffee, tea, lemonade or other sources of wetness. An out feed table is a must. Mine doubles as storage ans assembly. A bit of a pain on larger projects since i have to move things two or three times. But it is best way to support long pieces being cut.

Have fun.

-- Chris K

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