Versatile Benchtop Table

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Project by Bricofleur posted 06-29-2012 02:08 PM 14355 views 47 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a benchtop table I had in mind for a long time. It’s meant to be used in conjunction with different tools in the shop and around the house. I started with the idea of using such table with a jig saw and while building it I came up with more and more features and uses. And it’s easy to store on edge besides the workbench!

All construction details and photos are on my blog.

I hope you’ll like it.



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

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#1 posted 06-29-2012 02:27 PM

Most unique and interesting idea always your very creative mind at work = great idea.

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#2 posted 06-29-2012 03:05 PM

I agree with you Serge. Once a while I need odd set up for odd operation. I just drilled holes of many sizes on my sacrificial workbench. Great idea!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 06-29-2012 03:06 PM

Hi Serge,

Is the table to hold them while using or just for a good place to set them while working?

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#4 posted 06-29-2012 03:49 PM

Always inventing something useful !! Thanks again , Serge : )

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#5 posted 06-29-2012 04:06 PM

Beautiful innovation, keep doing the good work.

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#6 posted 06-29-2012 04:12 PM

That belongs in a book. Wonderful.

I know this is “lumberjocks” but I’d sure love to make one of those out of 3/16” thick aluminum plating.

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#7 posted 06-29-2012 04:15 PM

Thank you guys for your comments!

@David Kirkey: I use it primarely as a benchtop table on my workbench as support for workpieces to be clamped on. No tool is intented to be attach to it. I built it to raise workpieces so any blades or bits would reach and damage my workbench and I always found hazardous overhanging workpieces from the workbench. As mentioned, I soon found out that it’s great as router and circular saw stand, as well as router bit holder. The large hole was meant to be used when drilling while the V-notch and the slot to be used with the jig saw.



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#8 posted 06-29-2012 06:00 PM

Serge, I made one from your plans posted in Shop Notes with a few changes to fit my style. I have used the heck out of it. Absolutely the best assistant I have had. And just yesterday, I added one of Kreg’s mini clamp plates in the center so I can mount the clamp vise when needed.

Actually, I have parts for my router fence glued, screwed and clamped to the table as I type
! :-)

Note: The table also acts as an extension support for my sliding miter saw. :-)

My project post is here.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#9 posted 06-29-2012 06:43 PM

@MT_Stringer: I just saw yours and you did a great job! Since you don’t have a workbench, the idea of making yours larger is clever. Being larger, the idea of adding a Kreg’s mini clamp plate, is clever as well. I like your bench dogs.



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#10 posted 06-29-2012 11:09 PM

Very good Serge. I coulda used this earlier.

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#11 posted 06-30-2012 01:58 PM

Hello Serge

a fantastic idea

I like this concept

You can add a hole for the excentric sander

Thanks for sharing with us your nice idea

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#12 posted 07-01-2012 10:00 AM

Hi Serge,
That is a great idea, who could not have used a couple of these.
They will get on my list once I find a new workshop.
Best thoughts and thanks,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 07-02-2012 02:09 PM

Late last week I seen this in the current issue of ShopNotes (Vol. 21, Issue 123) in the “user tips” section, and I recognized your name – Great job on the Top Tip win and a great idea. You have many innovative ideas, and enjoy I seeing them.

Thank you for sharing !

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#14 posted 07-29-2012 02:27 AM

That is neat. thinks like that make your work so much easier!! thanks for sharing!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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