Portable Workstation

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Project by MT_Stringer posted 05-11-2012 03:56 AM 8269 views 13 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I saw the plans for this multipurpose benchtop table in the current issue of ShopNotes (Vol. 21, Issue 123), I knew It was just the ticket for me. I don’t have a real workbench, just an outfeed table that has become a do-it-all table. Sometimes clamping is a problem, well it’s a problem all the time.

So I studied the plans and made a few changes to suit my needs. Made entirely from 3/4” Birch Plywood, my table measures 16×32 inches. Other changes include:

  • Omitted the holes for router bits
  • Omitted the slot for power saw to sit
  • Cut a 2 inch hole for drill use
  • Offset the dado for the support feet to allow for more room to apply clamps
  • Drilled holes for bench dogs along the rear
  • Made a set of home made bench dogs out of 1/2 inch plywood and an ash dowel rod

I have used it several times over the past two weeks and it really has been a big help to me. I set it up on a piece of plywood over two sawhorses out in the drive way and did some cutting out there. Today I cut some pieces of plywood that was clamped to the end where the V notch is located.

My hat’s off to Serge Duclos of Delson, Quebec for coming up with this idea. It really has helped me in my sawdust slinging efforts! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 05-11-2012 12:52 PM

Real Nice….. I like it!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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

It’s always nice to find a solution to probelm. Looks like this will really work for you. Nice job.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#3 posted 05-12-2012 03:41 AM

Thanks. I used it again today several times.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 05-12-2012 03:48 AM

Your attention to detail on this mini workbench is great. The rounding of all the edges makes it look very professional.

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#5 posted 05-13-2012 04:19 AM

Very nice I like this piece I have a similar issue my out feed table is my everything table. I like the way you did this and you enhancements made a lot of sense, nicely done.

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

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#6 posted 05-28-2012 12:43 PM

You should enter this into our jig contest! Email photos along with your LJ name to You might win!

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