|Project by kennethw||posted 03-06-2010 11:47 PM||11361 views||16 times favorited||10 comments|
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!