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Forum topic by Billy E posted 04-28-2016 02:58 PM 439 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Billy E

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04-28-2016 02:58 PM

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I’m thinking about making an auxiliary workbench. Basically, it would be a miniature workbench, the same height as my main workbench (Roubo style), and could be used to support very long boards, or for operations where a board needs supporting on two ends, like crosscutting a large board. I have used sawhorses for this in the past, but its not the most stable option. I don’t want to make it more complicated than it needs to be. Probably a roughly 27×24 x 36 with a sufficiently solid top to accept holdfasts. The 27” dimension matches the depth of my workbench, 36 matches the height, and 24” just seemed convenient and stable. Other than the top surface accepting holdfasts, I don’t see any reason to put a vise on it. Has anyone seen anything like what I am describing? Maybe I’m missing something and there is an easier option. Being my skill is entirely self-taught with a little bit of youtube inspiration, its entirely possible I’m missing something. Thanks for any comments or critiques of the idea.


-- Billy, Florence SC

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#1 posted 04-28-2016 03:37 PM

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#2 posted 04-28-2016 03:52 PM

I’ve seen similar work surfaces, but these go on top of another bench. Im talking about a separate floor standing bench for really large stuff.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#3 posted 04-28-2016 04:13 PM

I’ve been looking at these cabinets in my Shop Notes library. They would do as you say plus storage, etc.

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#4 posted 04-28-2016 04:41 PM

I like that. I might look into an option like that

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#5 posted 04-28-2016 09:08 PM

One of these cabinets might also be an option. They are a combination of 2×4 and MDF, but you could replace the top with anything rather then a double layer of MDF.
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#6 posted 04-29-2016 02:24 PM

Thinking about a sawbench that has a length to match the height of my workbench. So a sawbench for most of its life, and turned on its side to support long boards off the bench. Sort of like these:

But modifying the design so that it would sit flat on two faces.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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