Benchtop Tools Mobile Island

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Project by Bricofleur posted 12-31-2011 10:09 PM 5158 views 12 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To get my shop more organized and efficient, I came up with the idea of building this benchtop tools mobile island. All tools are wisely spread so they shouldn’t have to be moved (fingers crossed!). The countertop has been designed with a step by necessity because I already had the two base cabinets in my shop, meaning they have been recycled into this island. I call it an island, but in reality I’m using it as a peninsula. Tools can be reached from three sides and all are connected to a power bar from behind. I’m still wondering if I’ll add some kind of doors. Probably! By the way, the dimensions are 24’’ X 80’’.

All construction details and step-by-step photos are available on this page of my blog.

Thanks for watching and commenting.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 12-31-2011 10:39 PM

Great work Serge. How do you find the time to make all this cool stuff?

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#2 posted 12-31-2011 10:50 PM

@David Kirtley: Thanks, David for your comment. To answer your question, I’m retired (almost 8 years) and I’m stuck with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome since about 10-12 years, meaning that I don’t do very much, but I think a lot! My energy level is low, but my brain is still hot!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#3 posted 01-01-2012 01:23 AM

Great idea, an you really her loaded up!

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 01-01-2012 01:53 AM

Serge, what a great idea with everything so compact in one place. Thanks for sharing.


-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 04:02 AM

Wait, a Serge project NOT made from MDF?!
Is that plywood I see?!
only kidding my friend.
You come up with some of the best projects and I always look for your name when I look at the quick tips and shop projects in my woodworking magazines!
This one will serve you well!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#6 posted 01-01-2012 04:06 AM

I love the 2×4 base. Everything in one place great idea

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 01-01-2012 05:28 AM

Wow Serge This is a fantastic mobile island it has a place for everything

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 01-01-2012 06:17 AM

Thanks for posting. I am need a another work bench and I think I am going to steal I mean borrow this idea!!

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#9 posted 01-01-2012 06:36 AM

Nice idea , Serge : )
Happy New Year !!

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

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#10 posted 01-01-2012 07:06 AM

Great mobile shop-tool island. You’ve used up some lumber on this project and that means you have got space for more lumber! Happy New Year!

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#11 posted 01-01-2012 09:33 AM

Very smooth island…..........

-- mike...............

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#12 posted 01-01-2012 03:52 PM

Great idea, I’l be borrowing this idea soon ;-D

Happy New Year!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#13 posted 01-01-2012 04:16 PM

simple and deluxe at the same time. nice project Serge

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#14 posted 01-01-2012 04:48 PM

Great idea and a nice set of tools!

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#15 posted 01-01-2012 06:37 PM

You did it again Serge
Another good addition to your long list of shop appliances
I am always looking for good ideas and this one is great and a good repurpose of existing cabinets .
I hope you can keep up the good posts , health permitting .

I wish you good health and a HAPPY NEW YEAR

-- Kiefer

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