|Project by Mykos||posted 03-02-2015 07:09 PM||3262 views||8 times favorited||8 comments|
This is my folding portable bench. It’s one that Roy Underhill built on ‘The Woodwright’s Shop”. There are plans for it in one of his books, but I followed a build that Steve Branam did on his blog. From seeing his build photos and descriptions and watching the episode of Woodwright’s Shop I managed to draw it up in Sketchup to the dimensions I required.
It’s lighter and smaller than most traditional benches. Which is fine because it’s meant to be portable, and will be staying in my living room. The rigidity comes from the diagonal cross bracing. I’ll be adding a lower shelf to mine as well which I can pile tools on to add weight to the bench. I’m hoping with some rubber feet it won’t scootch too much while I’m planing on it.
Other than milling the wood with a gas powered sawmill and thicknessing it on the big planer at work it was built with hand tools. It was made on sawhorses in my living room (with the glue ups done on the deck).
So far I’m thrilled with it. It’s not an 8’ behemoth for sure, but for living room woodworking it seems to be just perfect.