|Project by ToddTurner||posted 10-18-2009 04:39 PM||2865 views||7 times favorited||16 comments|
This is my mobile workbench i made last year. Most of the materials came from scrap lumber from machine crates. It didn’t cost an arm and a leg, just a little portion of my finger. Actually, 25% of my right thumb.
I made the bench to my height. This means there is no bending over to work off of it. THis is the advantage of making your own, versus buying one. it is over 45 inches tall and wieghs in at over 450lbs. THis project taught me an aweful lot about fine woodworking compared to slap-it-together work. All of the 2 inch wide boards used on the sides and back are 3/8 thick and joined together with 3/16 dowels, 6 per piece. The doors are my first shot at frame and panel, and i must say they turned out perfect. I use an Excel spreadsheet to calculate the sizes and it worked great. The top is 2.5 inch thich solid red oak, with mirror finish epoxy. The Mirror Finish helped to make the top pefectly flat so glue-ups are better. I use a mat to protect it. I can’t stand the thought of a chisel coming near it. Oh, the casters you ask? These are made by Milwaukee and came off of the mobile accetyline cylinder cart they make. My bench doubles as a serving table at our backyard gatherings. The last phot is my buddy.
The last photo is the bench in action. I cant put my router table, planer, and other things on top and it is the perfect height. I drew the bench on Autocad at work (dont tell my boss!)