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Project by Justin posted 08-18-2014 01:22 AM 2590 views 37 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After first seeing a portable workbench that Christopher Schwarz talked about I became very interested in the idea of a workbench that you can take anywhere with you and simply clamp to a set of sawhorses or whatever and get to work.

I built this portable workbench at a Lee Valley seminar, had to finish it at home because we were the like ginny pigs for the class being the first time it was held and everyone ran out of time.

The workbench consists of 7 pieces of maple, cherry wood screws and maple handles. The vises, dog holes, and wood screw clamps provide a variety of clamping applications. Was a very fun project, will be great for working on small projects like jewelry boxes, cutting dovetails, planing small pieces etc.





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#1 posted 08-18-2014 04:36 AM

Interesting stuff, I may duplicate this.

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#2 posted 08-18-2014 04:55 AM

Pretty sweet

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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#3 posted 08-18-2014 11:38 AM

Very ver nice. Looks like a winter project for me. Did you make the wooden screws or does Lee Valley sell them?

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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#4 posted 08-18-2014 12:08 PM

I can see a lot uses for one of these.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 08-18-2014 12:25 PM

SMART WORK WELL DONE & GREAT IDEA. SOON AS I SAW THIS I REALIZED HOW USEFUL THIS WOULD BE TO ME SO ON THE LIST IT GOES. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR PROJECT.. BazzA.

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#6 posted 08-18-2014 02:01 PM

I like that!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 08-18-2014 02:10 PM

Great workbench. I built a version of Chris Schwartz’s Milkman’s workbench and use it all the time. Its especially handy up at the cottage since I do not have a proper bench there.

Steve D’s seminars at Lee Valley are the best. I’ve taken a number of his other seminars. I’m sue you enjoyed it immensely.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 08-18-2014 03:47 PM

Very interesting piece, I can see where this can be very handy

-- Norman

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#9 posted 08-18-2014 05:03 PM

Looks very useful for projects away from the shop. Are the two screws to the right for clamping pieces vertically? How is this mini bench clamped down?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#10 posted 08-18-2014 05:56 PM

This is great! What are the overall dimensions? Also, are there plans anywhere for this? Would be cool to make one.

-- "When and if the day comes a lion is on my roof, I am hiring a realtor." ShaneA

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#11 posted 08-18-2014 11:50 PM

Steve, the instructor of the course brought the wood screws. They just had to be cut to length, believe they were made with a jig. Sadly can not remember the name of it.

Steve’s seminars are great. Have taken other seminars with Steve, and will for sure take others in the future.

The two screws on the side are indeed for clamping pieces vertically for cutting dovetails and such. The bench can just be clamped between any two surfaces, or between sawhorses with a clamp or 2 on either end. Have heard some people have done carving with the bench on their lap.

Overall dimensions are about 30” long x 7-3/8” wide. There should be plans somewhere on the net for this project. But at least that will give you an idea.

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#12 posted 08-19-2014 01:37 AM

Might make a good carving lap bench.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#13 posted 08-22-2014 09:55 AM

Here is a drawing with dimensions and complete build:
http://www.gunpowderwoodworks.com/blog/2013/3/17/the-milkmans-workbench-build

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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