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Project by busupholstery posted 06-02-2010 02:14 PM 3613 views 6 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I’m retired in Costa Rica and have only a drill, jigsaw, and trim router I thought I’d make them more useful by making a multi-tool work bench…...My neighbor donated the bench he had made for his TV and I tore it apart, squared it up,added a drop leaf, and varnished it…..... mounted the jigsaw in a box with a sliding top and guide made with pipe….....the router is removable and adjustable manually…....the drill press is very stable and very accurate…...I have replaced the aluminum slides with drawer slides and they work excellent…...I added a small wood vise at the front for clamping small projects…...overall I think it turned out pretty good and certainly is handy…....Someone mentioned it looks like a cow…....The only bad part is my wife won’t let use it in the house…....She doesn’t agree with the sawdust and noise….....Fortunately the weather is always sunny here so I can use it in the carport…....

-- Let's see......what can I use this for?

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#1 posted 06-02-2010 02:26 PM

Wow, Thanks for letting us see it. I have to say that You put some thought into Your workbench, and I like it. The drill press is great, and the touter is always more useable in the table. The real story is, It You don’t have the newest, or the best, put Your thinking cap on and make it. Great

-- Saved, and so grateful, consider who Created it ALL!!!

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#2 posted 06-02-2010 02:27 PM

Your ingenuity is amazing.
Very good use of the items & materials you have.
I bet you get a lot of use from your extremely well thought out design.

Great Job.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#3 posted 06-02-2010 02:36 PM

Certainly is an interesting bench. Appears you have put a lot of thought into it. Well done.

-- Daniel -

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#4 posted 06-02-2010 02:44 PM

Out of the box thinking.

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naomi weiss

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#5 posted 06-02-2010 02:48 PM

Super innovative! Bravo!

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#6 posted 06-02-2010 02:49 PM

Thats pretty neat no doubt. I hope its advantagous to you and your work becomes easier, with minimal tools it can’t be as easy as people with 5x more tools that you. I have faith, you can figure it out though.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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Monty Queen

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#7 posted 06-02-2010 03:22 PM

Wow, very nice design, excellent work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#8 posted 06-02-2010 03:48 PM

All in one design. Very nice.

-- Kate,

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#9 posted 06-02-2010 05:15 PM

Great innovation at work there well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 06-02-2010 05:16 PM

Very cleaver! great job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 06-02-2010 05:18 PM

great job
this is a good example of you don’t need all the lastest stuff to do woodworking
keep it up
btw how heavy is your friend’s tv, wow

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#12 posted 06-02-2010 05:27 PM

unique and very cool workbench, looks very useful as it should be!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#13 posted 06-02-2010 05:35 PM

It is brilliant! I am always looking for ways to have an alternate for a bandsaw.In my country there is no concept of small bandsaws.Your jigsaw idea is pretty neat idea.I will copy this :P and the router can be used as mortiser ! Cool.Great work!
Thanks for sharing and helping people like me :)

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#14 posted 06-02-2010 07:26 PM

Great setup. Further proof you don’t need every top of the line tool to make nice stuff.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#15 posted 06-02-2010 07:47 PM

Yes it’s amazing what can be made from almost nothing – I’m a big fan of you after this post.
It’s important in life that we get the most of what we have, this is what brings true joy.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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