Mobile & Modular Workbench

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Project by GadgetsAndGrain posted 03-13-2018 09:27 PM 1041 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I tirelessly searched YouTube and Pinterest for workbench designs, and after taking into account the tools I have and the types of project I work on, there were essentially three main features I needed:

1. Mobility – Hauling tools in and out of a garage is tiring and it eats up time during a build. Plus, if you’re like me, your garage is not quite a full-time woodshop, so being able to store a workbench to the side is a must.
2. Size – I needed a workbench that could accommodate the largest material I might find myself working with: a 4’x8′ sheet of plywood. It takes a large workbench to act as a decent out-feed table for a table saw or to provide an adequate work area when assembling larger projects.
3. Modular – A good workbench should be able to change with your needs, so I designed this workbench to either be two smaller halves or one big work area. I also built-in a slot to accommodate a variety of fixed tools such as a miter saw, pocket hole jig, router table, etc.

To see how it all came together, check out the build video below:

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-- Jeremy, California,

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#1 posted 03-13-2018 11:58 PM

Very nice…..I like it. Great job!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 03-14-2018 02:58 AM

Awesome build! Did you ever consider doing a flip top for the miter saw?

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#3 posted 03-14-2018 03:43 PM

Jeff already did a nice job on the fleur de lis, so I don’t see the need to do it again on a router.

The Louisiana graphic will be very hard to reproduce on a router, due to the many (MANY) islands. With a standard engraving bit, it would be necessary to blow up the size of the profile pretty large to be able to do that detail work.

Here’s what I came up with, but I don’t like it…

I think this one would come out a lot better on a laser, as they beam of light burns a lot smaller point than a router bit can.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#4 posted 03-14-2018 04:07 PM

Awesome build! Did you ever consider doing a flip top for the miter saw?

- Mags3290

Thanks! I did, but I just couldn’t get my head around a clean design. I opted for this drop-in method over the flip top because that way I could build other inserts for my Kreg pocket hole jig or for a router. I don’t think I’d be able to do that with a flip top.

-- Jeremy, California,

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#5 posted 03-14-2018 08:28 PM

These are great workbenches and are wonderful addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#6 posted 03-15-2018 12:34 AM

Great looking work bench, is there any way I could get a cut list? Would love to build one. Thanks

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#7 posted 03-17-2018 02:42 PM

Well done! I made a bench with a fliptop mitersaw in the middle and as cool as it was, it took up a third of my table workspace whenever it was up. What also sucked was whenever I had a large project taking up the whole table and needed to use the mitersaw, i had to take it off the table, flip the saw, make a cut, and flip it back again. Pita! I recent changed that whole setup.

With your idea, you get a full bench workspace and can still use your mitersaw at a different location if needed.

Great build!

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