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Forum topic by HenryD posted 01-04-2010 07:27 PM 3418 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-04-2010 07:27 PM

I have a 96”x34” workbench that I use for many different things, utility mostly, but I don’t want to build a full workbench with more of woodworkers bench top (dog holes, etc.). I have limited space for a new woodworking workbench. I’m looking for ideas on what to build, but my general idea would be a woodworkers bench top with very short legs, tall enough to accomodate an end vise. The top with vise could possibly bolt down to my workbench top. When not in use, I could store it away.

Most of the work I plan to do it would be pocket hole joinery, clamping, shelf construction, bookcase work, etc. I’d like an adequately hard and flat top for this work with dog holes and/ or t-track, similar to a Kreg cabinet makers clamping table that I’ve seen.

My ideas right now are loose but I’d like to get more specific as I go ahead. Does anyone have any ideas of the type of top I’d like to build or can you point me to any projects you’ve seen that are similar?

Thanks all,


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#1 posted 01-04-2010 07:54 PM

Maybe a couple of B&D Workmates or collapsible sawhorses and a solid core door. You can easily store them and they would be very versatile.

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#2 posted 01-04-2010 10:20 PM

You could probably adapt the small workbench plan from ShopNotes 30.
The top is movable and actually used as a clamp. The top could be built to clamp onto your work table or have folding legs.

Another option would be to mount some pipe clamps to your existing table to make a front “vise” like the new-fangled workbench.

And then there’s the knock-down workstation from woodsmith magazine which could be built on a smaller scale but it’s a true workbench:
These leg attachments could be combined with the clamping worktop for a compact, sturdy, and knock-down workbench.

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#3 posted 01-04-2010 10:39 PM

Almost forgot this small benchtop bench that could clamp to your worktable. It may be too small for your needs but it looks promising anyway:

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