Now that I am finally settled in to our new home near Fort Hood, Texas, the wife has allotted me a small portion of the garage to be used as my workshop. Thanks to my latest birth/anniversary day, I have also added several new tools to help the beginning process. The table saw will still have to wait. Instead I have a new circular saw, a router, orbital sander, and a few other gizmos to accessorize.
Anyway, the first project I intend to get started on will be making a few clamps to assist in making my combination toolbox/saw bench which when combined will become my workbench. I got the idea from watching Chad Stanton’s YouTube video of his mini-workbench. The mini-bench was also featured in American Woodworker #167 (Aug/Sep) – I believe.
This bench is not quite as small as his. It will have a work surface of 4’ 2” x 26.5”. The saw bench height will be 24” and combined, the workbench will be 36” – and hopefully easily transportable. I also borrowed the idea for a wedge based leg vice and wagon vice from Shipwright. After several days working out the details on Sketchup, this is what I finally came up with.
Most of the details are complete, I just need to figure out how I am going to joint it together using as few screws/nails as possible.
After pricing the wood and building my clamps, I hope to begin next weekend.