• The portable workbench for the dining table - keeping warm in winter

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Project by Scott posted 02-03-2014 10:38 PM 4362 views 1 time favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been too cold to work in the garage, so I needed a way to move my hand tools and workbench into the house to stay warm. My workbench is stationary so I needed a way to have a portable workbench. This setup works well. I found 2 old barn beams that are of similar size, 3.5 in x 5.5 in x 7.5 ft. I thought about smoothing them, but they are fairly straight and work well enough without being perfectly flat. So I laid them between my dining table and side table, both of which happen to be the same height. Then you can clamp the beams to the table to secure them. With two beams you can easily move one to create a wider supporting area. Then you can use clamps to secure your work to the beams.

Photo 3 shows the dovetail setup
Photo 4 shows the edge planing setup
Photo 5 shows the surface planing setup

You could also drill some holes in the beams if you wanted to use bench dogs.

Now my toes can finally be warm in my new ‘shop’.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#1 posted 02-03-2014 10:58 PM

Wow. I can’t begin to tell you what my wife would say if she saw that on our dining table. Sailors would be blushing, milk would be curdling, and all babies born in the next year would be born without ears.
Looks like fun though.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#2 posted 02-03-2014 11:05 PM

Looks warm. You’ve got a nice flat surface with that glass on the table. It would work real good for a router sled setup.

-- Daniel P

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#3 posted 02-03-2014 11:18 PM

Duncan Phyfe would be flabbergasted if he could see how determined you are to do woodwork in your dining room, ha, ha, ha.
Personally I like what you have done, keep it up.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 02-03-2014 11:27 PM

I’m reminded of Jimmy Martin’s ” I’m The Boss Of This Here House ”. Spray booth in the corner?

This is the best sound I could find.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#5 posted 02-03-2014 11:29 PM

I think you could eat off the workbench beams if you needed to :)

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#6 posted 02-03-2014 11:33 PM

Texcaster, loved that tune!!! Hmm, good idea, spray booth, yeah…

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#7 posted 02-03-2014 11:40 PM

Hmmmmm. Great idea but if i tried something similar I;m afrain my bhime would ni longer be happy

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#8 posted 02-03-2014 11:45 PM

You must be single Scott.For those who remember that that tune “got to dance “from singing in the rain,just substitute got to woodwork. :))

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#9 posted 02-03-2014 11:57 PM

”...Sailors would be blushing, milk would be curdling, and all babies born in the next year would be born without ears…”

Flippin’ hilarious JADobson! And, I’m with ya on the comment.


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#10 posted 02-04-2014 12:14 AM

scott looks like a good plan to me ,but them i turned my master bed room in a shop, but im single ,wife went to get a loaf of bread several years ago and didnt come back if she dose there the extra room keeping the shop :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#11 posted 02-04-2014 12:27 AM

Ah, ..... well, ah …... I’m speechless.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 02-04-2014 12:50 AM

Be honest what was your wife’s reaction to your announcement, and subsequent installation, of this wonderful new addition to the dining room. (Laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#13 posted 02-04-2014 01:10 AM

Man’s got to what a man has to do. Finish the kitchen to keep the wife happy?

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#14 posted 02-04-2014 02:21 AM

I thought I’d seen it all. Man was I ever wrong. Now that’s dedication to your craft. Sooo where’s the table saw sit.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#15 posted 02-04-2014 03:26 AM

a1Jim, you got that right, no wife to help make the decisions, so I get to put the shop anywhere I please. Of course, who uses the dining room anyway, might as well turn it into a shop.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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