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Folding Shooting Bench

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Project by Underdog posted 02-21-2016 04:27 AM 1017 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got tired of propping up on a sapling to get a steady shot for sighting in my air rifles, and decided to build this.
It’s not fancy, and it’s made of prefinished 1 side birch ply that was scrapped and on it’s way to the dumpster. I did jigsaw and sand the edges and run a roundover bit all around the edge and the inside of the handle. So it’s fairly smooth. I supposed I’ll have to spray some finish on the underside and the edges at some point.

I just chopped the top end of the legs at an angle so they’d splay out a bit, and then cut the taper in the legs on the bandsaw and finished up with the jointer and the roundover bit. I sanded a littled and then just fastened them on with the cheapest hinges I could find at Lowes.

It’s a little flexy and could use some stiffening up. I’ll have to look into that. Somehow I didn’t get a straight cut on the far leg, so I’m probably going to recut the angle at the top of the leg, and also recut the others to get a bit more splay while I’m at it.

I’m definitely going to add some carpet or padding to the top. This thing is a bit rough on the elbows.

But it works pretty well once I get the rifles propped up. It steadys right down.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"





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#1 posted 02-21-2016 05:04 AM

That’s a real nice efficient design.

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#2 posted 02-21-2016 08:23 AM

Loos handy. Maybe its just the photo anle, but the legs look like they could splay a bit more to keep them from folding up accidentally.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 02-22-2016 04:03 AM

Yep. They could use a bit more. I’m planning on correcting that.
If anyone has any ideas on how to stiffen this up a bit, suggestions are welcome.
Thanks!

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#4 posted 02-22-2016 06:17 AM

Maybe some 2×4 on edge between where the legs fold and across he ends.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 02-25-2016 06:14 AM

Now you’ll just have to show us how you use this little gizmo! I’d love to see some action shots! I bet that you’re going to keep that handy with you in storage in your car or something! I can foresee it being handy for a bunch of things and not just shooting! Haha!

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