My new workbench

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Project by VaprTral posted 10-31-2012 08:55 PM 20355 views 33 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve posted a video on youtube to demonstrate how this bench works…

So I finally broke down and decided to build a new workbench. My “shop” is in my garage, where my wife still likes to park her car (what is she thinking!). Needless to say, space is a premium. To get rid of my upright toolbox, miter saw table, drill press stand, and router table stand, I decided to try to build a workbench that would house all of it. So the three main tools housed inside the bench (miter saw, drill press, and router table) are all on hinges that “flip up” when needed and fold down to hide away.

It sits on 6 (5 inch) swivel casters. The benchtop is 3/4 in. birch on top of 3/4 inch pine. I want to add a vice and bench dogs. (that research is what brought me to this site) I’ve already seen some great ideas.

The miter saw work surface is level with the bench, as is the router table. Miter saw, Drill press, and router are plugged into main surge protector underneath benchtop. Extra surge protector on front is plugged into other and exists so that I can grab any one of the handtools from shelf (lower right), plug it in and go.

Standing at router table, there is a shelf on right that houses router bits, router wrenches, feather boards, etc.

Extra blade storage and crown stops are revealed when miter saw is deployed.

Drill press tools are revealed when drill press is deployed.
Most of my tools fit in one of the 7 drawers. Other tools and clamps are on peg board and slat wall.

-- "The more we think we know about, the greater the unknown." Neil Peart

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Greg, B.

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#1 posted 10-31-2012 09:24 PM

Like it a lot. Great job!


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#2 posted 10-31-2012 09:31 PM

Thanks Greg. It’ s always nice to get some validation when you’re as “green” as I am.

-- "The more we think we know about, the greater the unknown." Neil Peart

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#3 posted 10-31-2012 09:49 PM

That’s a winner great job.


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Jim Sellers

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#4 posted 10-31-2012 10:17 PM

Man that is a shop on wheels. Like you, my garage is my shop but I don’t allow vehicles in there, but I roll my bench outside. (keeps the dust out of the shop too) You’ll wonder how you ever got by without it, guaranteed.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#5 posted 11-01-2012 02:43 AM

I really like the design. Now I may have build one like this .

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#6 posted 11-01-2012 04:41 AM

Great job. I’m getting ready to make one for myself, but now I’ll have to tweak the plans to include some of your ideas esp. the recess for the miter saw

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#7 posted 11-01-2012 03:16 PM

Looks fantastic and very practical. I’m wrestling with the same issue (wife wanting to park car in my shop “garage”), so i’m forced to break it all down in the fall. What’re the dimensions for that unit? right now with my workbench, 4’x2’, I get about 12-18” clearance between it and the car.

-- --Arash--

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#8 posted 11-01-2012 04:13 PM

Great design. Put a trailer hitch on it and you’re ready to go. ;-)

-- Bryan

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#9 posted 11-01-2012 04:34 PM

I would love to see plans, because I might have to build one myself.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#10 posted 11-01-2012 05:40 PM

Thats amazing man! Great ideas.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 11-01-2012 06:57 PM

Very cool idea!

-- Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. --Theodore I. Rubin

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#12 posted 11-01-2012 07:02 PM

This is one of the best bench combinations I’ve ever seen. The hinging mechanisms are genius. Definitely needs a nice vice and some dog holes, too. Do the casters lock, or is it heavy enough that it doesn’t matter?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#13 posted 11-01-2012 07:13 PM

That’s just great! You ought to make plans. You could probably sell them! (Sorry but, being on a fixed income I’m always trying to think of a way to make a buck!)

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#14 posted 11-01-2012 07:46 PM

agreed with all the above – very inventive/awesome!

I love the concept!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#15 posted 11-02-2012 10:54 AM

That’s a great idea! I have such a small space to work with here in Germany and something like that would help me make better use of it. Great job!

-- Jeff, Linn County, Oregon

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