New mobile workbench

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Project by Sanity posted 06-19-2011 02:55 AM 5112 views 31 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a while since I posted any projects on the LJ’s site. This is the latest – my new mobile workbench.

I had looked at the small workbenches that were available on the market and was not particularly impressed and so decided to construct my own. It was originally supposed to have been a simple design but then, as happens with a lot of the things that I do, it took on something of a life of its own.

I wanted to use a solid maple worktop for durability but after I completed the glue-up I noticed that there were some cracks in the ends of the maple, so I cut a couple of inches off each side, and added walnut “breadboard” ends. After that I decided to construct the trestle legs using a maple and walnut laminate, and also the shelf that joined them together.

As my garage is my workshop I have limited space and so everything has to be easy to move around, and consequently I needed to add locking castors. The 5 inch diameter ones that I purchased only had a stem of about an inch, so in order to flush mount them I had to make some plates out of steel, and then drill and mortise the bottom of the trestle. I used Domino loose tenon joinery all around and finished the wood with General Finshes Arm-R-Seal wipe on oil and urethane top coat.

The hardware and wood all came from the local Rocklers store, and I have to say a big thank you to all the guys there for their on-going help and advice.

-- Stuart

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#1 posted 06-19-2011 03:51 AM

I like it. Mine’s as clunky as a 40’s Studebaker—and half as heavy. Nice, clean lines.

-- Now, where did I put those bandaids?

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#2 posted 06-19-2011 03:53 AM

Nice looking workbench.

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#3 posted 06-19-2011 04:01 AM

Very nice – I like it!


-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#4 posted 06-19-2011 04:26 AM

Very nice looking design , and I know you have the locking casters , but is it heavy enough to stay put while planing ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 06-19-2011 04:26 AM

Great job.

-- Gerald, Illinois

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#6 posted 06-19-2011 04:39 AM

Looks very nice and solid, but I second Dusty’s question—is it stable enough to use hand tools like planes and chisels? If it is, you’ve got a great workbench for a small shop!

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#7 posted 06-19-2011 05:53 AM

Nice work. I’m also curious about the stability. Love the contrasting woods used.

-- Russ

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#8 posted 06-19-2011 06:47 PM

Thanks for the comments. Regarding the question of stability, obviously this is a light duty table but at the same time by using the domino joinery it’s very strong. I will simply apply what I occasionally have to with my lathe when additional stability is required – a couple of big bags of sand to the bottom shelf.

-- Stuart

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#9 posted 06-19-2011 06:49 PM

I was wondering if that was your weapon of choice against the possible stability issue. LOL
Have a great day !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 11-13-2012 10:46 PM

I love this table! You did a amazing job on this. I love maple and walnut when they are together in projects. Looks like the vice is very nice to. It’s almost like a mini roubo workbench!

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