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Project by MT_Stringer posted 04-06-2017 04:54 PM 866 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a portable workstation so I could take it to our kids house in Oklahoma from here in the Houston area. It is based on the You Tube video linked below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=iCZXWlE8a5M

It worked out well. Same saw horses and all. In fact, I left everything there for the next trip. We have been helping them spruce up their recently purchased home just north of Tulsa.

The top was cut via CNC router by an acquaintance. He managed to get two tops out of one sheet of 3/4 inch mdf.

Yesterday, I finished building the second work station. I cut the 2×4’s 68 inches in length so they would fit in the bed of my truck. Then I notched them so they sit flush with the top of the saw horses. This time, I went with the Fat Max brand with adjustable legs. They seem to be well built and sturdy. AND…I can adjust them so the top sits level with my work bench in the shop, thus extending my work area greatly. I am loving that.

With the longer 2×4’s, I decided to buy a piece of mdf and make an extension. I used a template I had made and cut the holes using a one inch router bushing and a 1/2 inch spiral upcut bit. The end result is 3/4 inch holes…lots of them.

Everything fits nicely and I now have a work surface that is 32×74 inches with holes everywhere for clamping options galore. In case you missed it, I have modified my clamps so they fit the holes nicely. Much more economical than the major brand clamps. Who needs to buy fancy clamps when your buddy has a welding machine? :-)

To help protect the tops, I rolled on two coats of poly on both sides to help prevent glue and stains (or paint) from sticking to the surface.

The router template is similar to the one Ron Paulk uses in his videos of the “Total Work Station”, only mine are designed for 3/4 inch holes.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas





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bigblockyeti

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#1 posted 04-06-2017 09:12 PM

That looks pretty slick! Don’t let festool see it, they’ll make the same thing to go with their smaller table and charge $700 for it.

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Scott Oldre

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#2 posted 04-06-2017 09:46 PM

Very nice design and execution. Another one on the list of “one day”
Thanks for sharing

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 04-07-2017 12:37 AM

Nice set up I like it.

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MT_Stringer

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#4 posted 04-07-2017 01:01 AM

Thanks. It has proved to be pretty handy.
Here are some pics of the smaller version in action at our kids house.

Adding and edge to a closet shelf.

Making a mess!

Building pull out drawers for Gina’s kitchen cabinets.

Making some door casing trim.

Drilling pocket holes for a face frame.

Face frame assembly.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 04-07-2017 03:26 AM

Great workbench.
I think I saw one similar on you tube. The contractor had to park almost 1 block from site. They carried everything to jobsite. I believe he had one similar.
I struggle every day on jobsite. I am so used to my workshop where everything is there !
This should be on my to do list !
Thanks for sharing.
Enjoy !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 04-07-2017 11:56 AM

nice setup, Mike

Portable, easy setup and inexpensive

Marty

-- I can see the cheese heads from here and it is great.

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#7 posted 04-07-2017 02:35 PM

Nice design.

-- Chris K

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#8 posted 04-07-2017 02:55 PM

This is a very handy portable workbench. It looks like it is supported nicely by the two saw horses and they also make it easy to assemble. It will also be easy to store when not needed. All in all, it’s a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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MT_Stringer

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#9 posted 04-07-2017 05:40 PM



Great workbench.
I think I saw one similar on you tube. The contractor had to park almost 1 block from site. They carried everything to jobsite. I believe he had one similar.
I struggle every day on jobsite. I am so used to my workshop where everything is there !
This should be on my to do list !
Thanks for sharing.
Enjoy !

- canadianchips

Yes sir. That video, along with the one I linked to above, was my inspiration. He has CAD plans for sale table.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHuSkwqIxyw&t=23s

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#10 posted 04-10-2017 02:51 PM

Sweet, and very compact

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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