Knock-down workbench and wood vise

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Project by kennethw posted 1502 days ago 8128 views 13 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi folks! I’ve just completed my knock-down workbench. I live in a condo with no shop space and have to work in my home office. I’ve been using a Workmate for about a year and a half and seriously needed an upgrade.

It was built from several 2×4s for the structure and poplar for the surface. Everything is screwed together (hey, it’s 2×4) except for the stretchers, which are half-lapped and glued for strength. The 2 leg assemblies pull out of tight mounting boxes, and the 3 parts can be stacked and slid under my bed. :)

I built the vise using a manual threader for the screw, and various bits of scrap for the mechanism. There are 2 large guide rods to minimize racking, and an external garter.

It was all built with hand tools, except for a hand drill for the screws and dog holes.

I’ve written about it extensively over at my blog. Included there is a SketchUp file for anyone who might want to make one of their own. Thanks!

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#1 posted 1502 days ago

Nice work bench. Well done.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#2 posted 1502 days ago

i like this.. I think I might even blog about it…

-- Daniel -

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#3 posted 1502 days ago

Thanks guys! Thanks for the blog mention Daniel. :)

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#4 posted 1502 days ago

I really like this idea you came up with. I’m kind of in the same boat as you. We live in a duplex with no garage so the back porch is my workshop! Thanks for sharing this as I’m probably going to build one now.

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#5 posted 1502 days ago

exceptional work…exciting to think you could do fine work in a small space…a really superb tool you’ve created.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#6 posted 1501 days ago

Thanks guys! Brandon, if you build I’d love to see how it works out for you. :) There’s a lot of info in the blog about specific steps.

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#7 posted 1385 days ago

great job Ken! wish I would’ve seen this a few weeks back :)

-- aspiring jill of all trades

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#8 posted 1241 days ago

Nice looking workbench!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 231 days ago

very nice looking set up, I love the support/bracing/vise setup below. One question, is it plenty stable without cross members on the legs? I’ve used the setup you have for recieving the legs in the table top before. Very sturdy.

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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