|Project by ChuckM||posted 10-02-2010 04:38 AM||4141 views||4 times favorited||17 comments|
I don’t have any space in my shop (it’s actually the garage for my cars) for a full-size proper workbench. By adding a 500-lb machine mobile base and a laminated top to the freezer, I’ve made a sturdy mobile dual-purpose workbench – bench, & freezer. The work surface measures 58” x 25” with a face vise. This freezer-turned workbench is full of “belts and whistles” as follows:
- Shop-made bench dogs – dowels with top half face cut flat.
- A side box for storage of chisels, measuring tape, etc.
- Shop-made pop-up dog for my bench vice (from WOOD’s shoptips Nov. 2003).
- Board jack.
- Retractable vinyl window shade for surface protection during gluing or staining work (WOOD Sept. 2010) that is slotted into the back edge when used.
- 1/2” plywood base (scrap), 3/4” plywood core (scrap) and a removable 1/4” Masonite (or MDF) top ($8 for about half sheet).
- Mobile base ($40)
Hours of labor:
- 15 hours or so.
-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted