A Cheap and Portable Workbench (The Cheapest You Have Ever Seen)

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Blog entry by Brian024 posted 04-14-2011 09:41 PM 5203 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the workbench that I talked about in the last shop tour video.

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#1 posted 04-14-2011 10:52 PM

Wouldn’t assembly/ disassembly go a little faster if you just used clevis pins and a couple of washers?

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#2 posted 04-15-2011 02:36 AM

WOW!! Thanks for the video!! I liked your bench a so much that I am building something like yours!!, I’ll post it sometime soon, I just have to add a vice now. I have a very tight budget so this design fits my pocket!! And I’ll let you know when I post the one that I built!!
great job!!

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#3 posted 04-15-2011 03:18 AM

Nice little bench. How do you keep it from moving or tipping as you hand plane?

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#4 posted 04-15-2011 03:53 AM

To help with the tipping issue I would recommend making a shelf that you can fit onto the lower stretchers. When you get to the site, put a bag of rock salt (or something else heavy, like a portable tool chest) in the shelf…more weight=less problems.

This is a nice little on site work horse and will make a great sharpening station when you build your big bench.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#5 posted 04-15-2011 05:45 AM

Very nice portable bench. And the video gives it so much more than a description and picture;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 04-15-2011 09:18 AM

3/4in dog holes are very commonly used.
that way you can use hold fasts and clamps that are common.

-- Ben L

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#7 posted 04-15-2011 04:03 PM

Thanks for the comments guys.

I hadn’t thought about that saddle, I may go that route on the stretchers, sure would make it easier to take apart.

Doug, I haven’t used it enough yet to figure that out yet but I will let you know. Side to side will be a bigger problem the end to end I think.

I definitely might try that RG, that way I can put the tools I’m not using or teaching in the tray.

Ben, thanks, that would add more to.

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#8 posted 04-16-2011 07:13 PM

This is a good, simple, no nonsense design. With the addition of bench dogs as you described, it would be ideal for my box work, including clamping during glue-ups. A little more weight in the base (bricks or stones) should sort out any overbalancing. I like the knock down aspect, great for storage and portability. All round a real winner, Brian and at $10 I will be making one.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 04-17-2011 05:12 AM

If you don’t build big things, this is a good bench to have. I think the tipping might be helped is the base was built a bit heavier, using a whole 2×4 instead of ripping them in half like I did. Also it can be very versatile to accommodate for what you need.

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#10 posted 05-03-2011 04:34 AM

Nice little table, looks like it would slide right into the top shelf of my trailer without hogging up a lot of space.

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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