|Project by doubleDD||posted 11-21-2014 02:21 PM||3124 views||7 times favorited||35 comments|
This is my version of a work bench when you don’t have room for a large one. The size is 27’’ x 68’’. With the top folded down it becomes a cool 27’’ x 50’’. This way I feel I have the best of both worlds.
The fold down is supported by two 2×3’s and 3 heavy duty 4 1/2’’ commercial hinges and strong enough to stand on. Drop leaf hardware was not a option since it didn’t past the test of strength. The top is made from some 2 1/2’’ x 5’’ rough pine pallet wood with one 2×10 Douglas fir I had to purchase. It ended up after sorting and planing thru to a 1 7/8’’ top and that was good enough for me. I mortised most of the leg work and used some screws and 3/4’’ dowel rod to make it rigid.
I added a Maple skirt on 2 sides and Brazilian rosewood on one end to finish it off. The other end is rounded and serves a purpose of me having enough room to maneuver around without bumping my gut.
The front vise and side vise were placed to fit my needs and only cost me $62 with shipping from e-bay. I used some walnut, maple, and bamboo for pads on both vises. The finish is BLO and mineral spirits with a final coat concoction of BLO, mineral spirits and urethane.
This is a great assembly, squaring, clamping, planing, table without sacrificing all the room except when I need it.
My total cost was under $80 and that was mostly from the vise. It ended up being a great replacement of my old 24’’ x 36’’ table.
Thanks for looking, comments welcome.
-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.