Junk Man's Workbench

  • Advertise with us
Project by DanielS posted 08-07-2013 07:46 AM 2790 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project came about after seeing the milkman’s workbench on Christopher Schwartz blog. I am in the middle if making a box for combination plane and didn’t have a good way to clamp boards to plane faces. I didn’t have much time to spend on this with all of the rest of the stuff I have going on.
One of my friends has a huge amount of old shipping crate materials from a salvage job, so I grabbed a couple of 4×4’s and a 2 x and built this. I wish it could have looked more like a finely crafted piece, but it just ended up functional.
It is 30 in x 10.5 in. I was initially going to put the vise on the bench it’s clamped to, but this seemed like a better use. The last picture is just a few planes that I’ve cleaned up and tried out on it tonight.

-- Daniel S

5 comments so far

View macin's profile


77 posts in 1963 days

#1 posted 08-07-2013 10:16 AM

Perfect solution :-)

View DanielS's profile


123 posts in 1360 days

#2 posted 08-08-2013 03:07 AM

Thank you. The bench dog is just a 3/8 in oak dowel. It’s held up so far, but I wonder for how long. Sometime in the near future, I will do some sort of wide vise for the front. I need something better to hold boards for dovetails than a 3 in jaw bench vise.

-- Daniel S

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile


17577 posts in 3099 days

#3 posted 08-09-2013 02:59 AM

I don’t have room for a big WW bench. This looks like a great idea to clamp on my existing built in bench.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View 489tad's profile


3084 posts in 2434 days

#4 posted 12-23-2013 10:08 PM

On cold days you could bring that into the house. Nice idea.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

View DanielS's profile


123 posts in 1360 days

#5 posted 05-01-2014 03:19 AM

I don’t think the bench would be a problem inside, but the piles of shavings coming off of it may cause some contention.

-- Daniel S

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics