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Forum topic by cortes posted 04-18-2019 12:53 AM 364 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-18-2019 12:53 AM

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I had a seven foot long solid top workbench. I decided who needs that big of a bench and downsized it. This is the result:

I’m all set should if have to move my shop to the hall closet. Actually, I had replaced my old bench with a pair of Festool MFT3’s. I missed having the wood vice and a surface I could do some serious pounding on. The feet are Carry Master adjustable feet. They’re way oversized for this bench. I bought them for another bench I never made. The bottom and most of the top are made out of two-inch thick fire door. The real reason for the small bench is so I could incorporate it into my bench pod as shown below.

On my to-do list is replacing the legs of the MFC’s with cabinets. This will allow me to bolt them together to keep it from moving when I hand plane and the like.

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#1 posted 04-23-2019 10:30 AM

Mini benches, either table toppers, or free standing are the rage anymore. Either from the viewpoint of overall space to allocate to shop space, or the simple fact you only build 1 or 2 larger case pieces, and in your case the MFT’s could cover the size for support. I am nearing the time I will be building a new bench for my shop space, and I have a lot of room, but I am still looking table topper, and possibly a free standing bench also of smaller dimensions.

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