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Forum topic by DonJ posted 03-09-2011 05:16 AM 1540 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2011 05:16 AM

I thought I would pass along an in-process workbench I’ve been working on. After looking at many benches, I decided on the “Jack-Bench” design as offered by Charlie Kocourek. The main reasons for choosing this design is that it has a variable height function that I need for my back, it is very versatile in regards to the table size you put on the top, and it can be moved around or planted solidly on the floor as required. A side benefit I found is that I am making a lot of the torsion boxes innards out of scrap pieces of plywood, which makes everything a little cheaper and results in a very stable build up. The plans are a combination of CAD drawings that are very specific and a set of narrative directions. I’ve found that it is hard for even me to mess up…not that I haven’t. At any rate, a thumbs up for a very thorough set of plans and directions. For comparison purposes, I’m first showing a finished product that I believe Charlie is currently using in his workshop, which is followed by a dry fit of my lower leg assembly, stretchers and upper shelf. I’m now working on the upper leg assembly, which is the part that makes this bench adjustable. My finished bench won’t have as nice a finish as Charlie’s, nor will it have a Veritas Twin Screw Vise. But, it will fit my needs perfectly. If anyone is interested, I’d be glad to post additional pictures as I get closer to the finished product.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#1 posted 03-09-2011 10:41 AM

What are the min/max height settings?
Also, where did you find the plan?
Oh, and ya, post more pics sometime.

-- ...there's a fix fer dat...

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 02:45 PM

Nice bench with an unusual design. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 03-09-2011 03:04 PM

Very nice Bench Don. It will stand up to many years of service,and be better for your bad back.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#4 posted 03-09-2011 04:06 PM


The height adjustments should have a range between 29” to 43”, but may be somewhat dependent on the scissor jack you use for the height adjustment. In regards to where I found the plans, I first saw a discussion on one of the wood blogs…can’t remember which one now. However, there is a website at:

I mentioned above that it is mobile; there is a second set of scissor jacks that, when expanded, raise the base of the bench with casters on the bottom. I’m really excited about the potential of this bench…it sounds like I’m hawlking the bench, but I have no ties to it.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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