Portable woodworking bench

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Project by jessyeigh posted 02-15-2018 08:06 PM 3003 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The weather has be below zero here so I decided to make a portable bench in my indoor shop, heated! Anyway my version of Japanese saw horses for the legs. I work with a lot of heavy beams and these really stand up well. Top is 4×10 Douglas fir ( left over beam). Tool tray is cedar fence boards and 2×4s from HD. The legs and stretcher are 4×4 from HD as well. Had to pick through the whole pile to find clear stuff! All the surfacing done with handplane, I have come to hate breathing sanding dust. About 30 hours altogether. The thing breaks down in just minutes. One thing I would change if anyone wants to build something similar. The stretcher holds to the sawhorses with a tapered dovetail and I find it can loosen and raise up if your really planing hard. A half dovetail mortise would be better like the leg cross pieces.

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#1 posted 02-15-2018 08:45 PM

Fantastic job—nice looking bench! I like all the exposed joinery and the ability to breakdown and move the bench.

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#2 posted 02-15-2018 08:59 PM

Fantastic, I think this is a great idea for a portable work bench.

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#3 posted 02-15-2018 09:11 PM

That’s a really nice bench. Kudos!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#4 posted 02-15-2018 10:00 PM

Very Nice Indeed & Well Done!

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#5 posted 02-16-2018 06:48 AM

really nice looking bench. Don’t be afraid to use it now.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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#6 posted 02-16-2018 03:54 PM

Very nice work.

Maybe I’m missing it but how do you fix the top/tool tray to the sawhorses?

-- Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. - Papa Hemingway

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#7 posted 02-16-2018 05:48 PM

Tcombad, the tool tray and bench top have 2” oak dowels that extend into the horses so just gravity

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#8 posted 02-16-2018 05:52 PM

Wow! Very nice….that will look impressive in your shop.

-- Mike

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#9 posted 02-16-2018 06:57 PM

Great job! Duglas fur is one of my favorite woods to work with. I feel your pain when you mentioned all the sawdust. I built a work bench using rough sawn 4×4” for the base and had to cherry pick the wood from Ganahl lumber and use my jointer to get it straight.

Congradulations on you top 3 project.

-- Dusty Lungs

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#10 posted 02-16-2018 06:58 PM

Very interesting.
Need more photos or video to understand your joinery.

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