As I mentioned earlier, the main focus of this build is based on limited space. I like the idea of a multi-function tool. After watching the videos mentioned in the first post of this blog, I knew a mini-bench would be perfect. I also decided that the lower half should also serve a purpose as well, hence the toolbox.
Here is a look at the first few drawings I did.
I have to say, Sketch Up has made this project much easier. Once I had a basic form to my liking, I started adding in the details – wood thickness, etc. – which almost became a practice build. I learned a lot and saved myself from some potential errors along the way. I highly recommend the program to those so inclined… and even a frugal guy like me could afford it. It’s free.
So let me give a little insight into the toolbox since that will be the first part I tackle. Here is the toolbox closed (right) and open (left).
The center portion of the box is actually secondary at the moment. I have not decided which tools I intend to keep in it. I thought once I have a general idea I would add in sliding/removable trays at the top level leaving the bottom for possibly transporting my circular saw and router.
The front and rear outer boxes were what I focused on the most. The rear has been designed to hold the leg vice when disassembled. The front – a mirror image in size – will eventually hold my hand saws. The width of the boxes were actually adjusted to hold my Japanese-ish saw. It’s only a 20 buck saw, but I sure do love the thing. I can’t wait to get my hands on the real thing one day.
Here is an overhead view into the rear storage with the vice.
A few other features of the toolbox:
The front face of the center box will fold down to offer better access while in the bench form. I have not added in the detail yet, but the lid will be held shut with a couple magnets when closed.
The base has 4 nubs that will serve as a hidden tenon – someone correct my terminology please if I’m off. This will help stabilize the bench legs that will rest around the tenons hopefully providing a more firm top.
Last is the lid of the center box. It will slide to the rear for access and in bench form, it will also provide shelf space as it rests on the top bench’s rear support arm. Here is a rear view from underneath to give you an idea.
If anyone would like to see anything specific as I blog along, or want me to be more specific/detailed, let me know below. I am more than willing to show pictures of this mini-monster, but I don’t want to get too far ahead of the build just in case I run into an issue as I build.
Thanks for reading. I hope you have enjoyed seeing it so far.