Fold Flat workbench

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Project by TDSpade posted 04-02-2014 06:22 AM 5023 views 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My version of the Wood magazine (issue 207 October 2011) Fold Flat workbench. I Installed the legs on two sides to make room for the Pony vises. (Pony 27091 9-Inch by 7-Inch Medium Duty Woodworker’s Vise) Half inch MDF used in the vices.

I used half inch and three quarter inch baltic birch plywood laminated together. And topped with half inch melamine. The trim is only glued and screwed to the baltic birch plywood. So the melamine can be pulled out and replaced if it gets too beat up over time. Oak trim is stained black with speed ball India ink.

I used a router with a straight three quarter inch bit to do the dog holes. It works but I don’t recommend it. The dog holes had to be spaced to avoid the supporting frame work. Seven inches from center to center.

The base and bench top frame are painted with paint from the mistinted paint shelf at the local Walmart. Hey it’s cheep and gives the wood a little protection.

I turned the bench dogs from scrap oak on my lathe.

-- For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.

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#1 posted 04-02-2014 07:51 AM

Nice work, Looks great and should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 04-02-2014 11:42 AM

Very slick, nice build. Now, enjoy.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Mainiac Matt

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#3 posted 04-02-2014 06:02 PM

now that’s a handy looking bench….

did you put locking casters on?

does it slide around if you push on it (i.e. hand plane)

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#4 posted 04-03-2014 12:49 AM

Two casters are straight non locking two swivel and are locking.

The only plane I have is A Stanley handyman with a 9 inch base. So after I saw your question I had to give it a try. There was very little movement, just a tiny bit of shake with red oak in one vise. Even less when I put the red oak in both vises.

-- For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.

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Mainiac Matt

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#5 posted 04-03-2014 01:39 AM

Sounds like it’s going to work out great for you.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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