mobile bench with drop leaf

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Project by Jim Sellers posted 02-10-2012 01:06 PM 3957 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I do all my cutting and sanding outside to keep the dust out of the shop. Got tired of setting up a table on sawhorses so built me a mobile workbench. The only thing special about this one is the drop leaf I engineered to accommodate the trim saw. The legs have a dovetail button on the bottom which slides through a groove to keep them from flopping around. And I’m not afraid to drill a hole or run a screw through the top unlike some of the fancier ones I’ve seen.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#1 posted 02-10-2012 01:46 PM

Good practical use of your bench.
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#2 posted 02-10-2012 01:51 PM

Great bench, my main bench just has melemine on top, I also don’t want to worry about a ding here and there. Thats alot better than sawhorses.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 02-10-2012 01:51 PM

Great table! I like the dual height, great idea.

I think your bench may need to an additional vise or two! Don’t get me wrong, as I have many “vices”, along with 3 woodworking vises I’m going to use throughout my shop! Lol.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 02-10-2012 01:59 PM

I like the drop leaf idea, great job!

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#5 posted 02-10-2012 02:20 PM

very versatile, and mobile too

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

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#6 posted 02-10-2012 04:16 PM

i’m stealing that drop leaf idea. working out of a small garage means things need to ‘get small’ when not is use. love it.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#7 posted 02-10-2012 10:48 PM

Nice job. Might slow down your work deciding which of the 3 vises to use.

-- Brock, Illinois

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#8 posted 02-10-2012 10:59 PM

Very cool, and nice project, I might need to copy that for my spring and summer use. Can never have too many vises, that’s extra hands in my book.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 02-11-2012 01:03 AM

yea I was proud of myself for coming up with that design. I’ve got an extra table that just disappears when I don’t need it and it’s really convenient to roll in and out. Here’s a tip if you want to copy it. The main bench has to be braced well to make sure it doesn’t rack. With weight on the leaf you’re pulling on the top an pushing on the bottom. Thanks for all your interests and comments. I can tell you’re jealous of my vices. I can secure a 12’ plank with those bad boys.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#10 posted 02-11-2012 05:51 PM

Great idea! After the work day is done you can replace the saw with a portable bbq and toss a tablecloth on the table…viola portable bbq table.

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#11 posted 02-11-2012 05:54 PM

That sucker will be all kinds of handy for many years! Nice!

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