rolling Workbench; Systainer-Port; tablesaw and router

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Project by arnd posted 04-05-2011 12:12 PM 21349 views 23 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I have got a small room for working with handtools in the house. For all the dusty work with machines, I use the garage.

And for that garage I builded a workbench. I have incorporated a circular saw, a stationary router and a lot of storage space for Systainer. So all my machines are good accessible. The bench has got wheels so that I can push it to the sidewall. It is enough room for the car then and it looks tidy.

I planned the project with SkechUp.

Characteristics: Size: 248 cm x 125 cm Table height: 100 cm 19 drawers for 29 Systainer Carpenters Vise No. 53ED 25 holes for the Veritas clamping elements

Material list: about 4 plywood sheets 30×250 x 125 (gross € 26.24 / m²) various pieces of scrap wood 250 screws 5×80 several other screws 300 wooden dowels No. 1 joinery vise. 53ED (134 € 4 x heavy duty wheels (used for 75 €) 19 x full extension drawer (some for free from old desks (value: about 300 €), some drawer slides from ebay (50 €)) router fence (€ 100)

Material costs over all: 800 €
Time: 75 h

The Base

The plates I have cut with the circular saw and guide rail.
The connections are made ​​with wooden dowels. For this I used the Mafell DuoDowel.
After seeing the examples by Roland Heilmann, I finally understood how to use the dowel template of DuoDowel.

90 holes in 45 minutes and with 12 measuring points on the surface.

And here I start with the first intermediate wall – with no marking.

Logically, I drilled the holes for the drawer extracts before the assembly. Thus, then 46 holes in a board.

But finally I was able to start assembly. I started by mounting the wheels and the longitudinal bars under the bottom plate:

The project is taking shape:

I started to get nervous. Will fit all? Have I not made ​​a little too much? But then all the walls were bolted together. Phew!

But the tension wasn’t over yet! OK, the walls fit. But was my work also accurate enough that the walls are exactly over the 72 dowel holes in the bottom plate?

Yes! With a heavy hammer from above and the attractive effect of Spax screws from the bottom all the plugs went into their holes. To screw I put the bench on its side. That was probably the last time I saw the bottom.

Setting up the work surface was no longer difficult. But first I had space for the saw to cut and drill the hole for the router.

The Router
My old table saw has robbed me of my index finger tip and some nerve. Therefore, it was a pleasure for me to discard it. The height adjustment and the safety switch I wanted to use for a router table.

For the mark of the holes on the side walls I’ve made ​​a template out of plexiglass:

It I was surprised how many single wood for the drawers are needed. The good thing is that now there is room in the residual wood shelf again.

Another compartment is ready:

Here we see the working side moved out completely. The table does not wobble at all.

And here is the other side is extended:

Also the rear Systainer are in full access:

In addition to the vise handtools, cordless screwdrivers and bits are located. The drawer with the bits opens most often:

Thanks for looking. I hope someone else can learn form me as I learnd form others on the internet.


13 comments so far

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#1 posted 04-05-2011 12:54 PM

deutsche grundligkeid!

have you considered making the top replacable and maybe adding an hardwood edge all around? i am happy that i did this with my workbench!

anyway congratulations on that great workbench

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#2 posted 04-05-2011 01:16 PM

Thanks for posting Arnd. You have done a wonderful job of sharing your project and I’m sure others will profit from your efforts.


-- Jim

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#3 posted 04-05-2011 02:10 PM

Thanks Arnd, What a great way to take full advantage of a small space. Thanks for all the details.

-- Bill, Austin, Texas,

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#4 posted 04-05-2011 02:44 PM

A fine bench and a lot of inspiration for the rest of us. Good job on the on the presentation, it was A-one.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#5 posted 04-05-2011 04:48 PM

Wow, you have made a great bench combo and fit a crazy amount of tools in there.

Great job.

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

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#6 posted 04-05-2011 07:02 PM

Wow, impressive, any chance you’d share the sketchup files?

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey

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#7 posted 04-05-2011 07:33 PM

An older version off the bench is onlin under

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Kent Shepherd

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#8 posted 04-05-2011 11:06 PM

Excellent job on the bench. Very nice organization

Thanks for sharing


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#9 posted 04-06-2011 07:18 AM

Excellent job on the detailed post & an AWESOME job on the bench… Hats off all around!

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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#10 posted 04-06-2011 07:54 AM

That’s amazing! Thanks for the many great ideas Arnd!

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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#11 posted 04-06-2011 04:23 PM

Excellent workbench and very nice design and ideas!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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#12 posted 05-10-2013 08:25 PM

Sehr ordentlich und durchdacht. Hervorragende Lösung für wenig Platz und in meinem Falle eine Quelle für neue Ideen bei der eigenen Werkbank.

-- Whoever finds mistakes can keep them. English is a foreign language to me.

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#13 posted 07-10-2013 07:45 PM

Nice workbench and great storage. Could you share the Sketchup files? I’d like to build something similar, but with a few changes.

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