Multi-functional workbench

  • Advertise with us
Project by chadgr posted 02-03-2013 06:39 PM 3628 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting a new router table as my old one was a bench top model which wasn’t very sturdy, I got started by going to my local builders yard and bought construction grade timber (sawn not square edge). I had certain criteria for this Multi-functional table one it must be cheap, 2 it must be sturdy 3 it must be functional and easy to use otherwise I would put off using it. The frame is held together with wood screws, the top is a recycled chip board sheet from a desk, 50mm rubber castors allow the unit to be rolled around. I have a plunge router and still wanting a router lift I designed this very simple router lift just using a old wheel as a handle and a threaded T-nut with matching threaded rod, when the handle is spun the router is pushed up/down. The router is attached to a 9mm birch plywood base it has large screws under it so that it can be leveled. I routed a miter slot that was just the right size for my table saw miter gauge, the fence is taken from Steve from watch his router table video for how to make it. I like the height of the table and the weight as it is heavy enough not to rock about but also light enough to roll around easily.
Thanks for viewing, Chad Aged 14

-- Chad Griffiths Vist my Etsy Shop

10 comments so far

View stefang's profile


16862 posts in 3892 days

#1 posted 02-03-2013 06:51 PM

It looks great. It will serve you well and your router will never know it is inexpensive.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View whitebeast88's profile


4128 posts in 2748 days

#2 posted 02-03-2013 07:58 PM

great table!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

View MT_Stringer's profile


3183 posts in 3789 days

#3 posted 02-03-2013 08:27 PM

Now you need to scrounge up some boards to make a lower shelf that will hold stuff you need.

Good job on your build. It should serve you well.
Check out my projects. Maybe some of them will give you some inspirations.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

View Julian's profile


1497 posts in 3248 days

#4 posted 02-04-2013 02:17 AM

Good job on the work multi functional workbench.

-- Julian

View AKSteve's profile


475 posts in 2861 days

#5 posted 02-04-2013 02:45 AM

excellent Bench !

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

View Smitty_Cabinetshop's profile


16253 posts in 3176 days

#6 posted 02-04-2013 04:06 AM

Nice work, Chad! Congrats!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

View Michael J's profile

Michael J

103 posts in 3765 days

#7 posted 02-04-2013 07:29 AM

Simple and functional. Nice job!

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

View obi999's profile


213 posts in 3966 days

#8 posted 02-04-2013 07:33 AM

Good job, i think it could work very well. Go on like this!
Thank you for sharing

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

View Fishinbo's profile


11362 posts in 2734 days

#9 posted 02-05-2013 02:52 PM

You nailed it! You made what you wished for, an affordable, sturdy and very useful work bench. Way to go!


View steliart's profile


2895 posts in 3246 days

#10 posted 06-24-2013 08:50 PM

Well done, if it works for you that’s what counts, I started in a very similar way, maybe you would like to have some ideas about a multi work bench

Good luck

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics