|Project by Scott||posted 02-03-2014 10:38 PM||3050 views||1 time favorited||36 comments|
It has been too cold to work in the garage, so I needed a way to move my hand tools and workbench into the house to stay warm. My workbench is stationary so I needed a way to have a portable workbench. This setup works well. I found 2 old barn beams that are of similar size, 3.5 in x 5.5 in x 7.5 ft. I thought about smoothing them, but they are fairly straight and work well enough without being perfectly flat. So I laid them between my dining table and side table, both of which happen to be the same height. Then you can clamp the beams to the table to secure them. With two beams you can easily move one to create a wider supporting area. Then you can use clamps to secure your work to the beams.
Photo 3 shows the dovetail setup
Photo 4 shows the edge planing setup
Photo 5 shows the surface planing setup
You could also drill some holes in the beams if you wanted to use bench dogs.
Now my toes can finally be warm in my new ‘shop’.
-- Scott in North Carolina