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Forum topic by Texchappy posted 05-22-2012 04:20 PM 1028 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2012 04:20 PM

Finally got to start work on my first project but ran into an issue – old TV trays don’t make good work benches. I went out on the front porch to work since that was where my family was and the weather was beautiful. (One of the advantages of having a 132 year old house is that it has a great front porch.) I tried a variety of things to get a good working place but the TV tray was the best (blech).

So what would be a good thing to set up on a front porch to work on? Someone on another forum suggested a workmate. That seems like a good solution but wanted to explore options.

Another consideration is that I have a bad back and can’t bend much or long.


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#1 posted 05-22-2012 04:30 PM

Use a railing

for clamping to saw items, and

hold a homemade saw vise, to sharpen a saw or two, and

test the saw out, or

clamp a rough sawn board for planing the edges with a handplane

or, just hold a few items while the finish dries

and, at the end of the day, sit back and relax, watching the view

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#2 posted 05-22-2012 06:01 PM

Keeping it simple, I have a couple of saw horses and a scrap piece of ply :) I got a pair of metal folding saw horses that I picked up from horror freight that claim 1000 lb capacity. Think they set me back $20 for the pair when they were on sale, and they fold up so they are easy to store when not in use or being transported. For a work light, I screwed a small 2”x2” block of wood on one corner of the plywood with a 1/2” hole drilled through the middle; perfect for one of those articulated desk lamps to fit in. I also mounted a 6 outlet power strip on the bottom of the ply to power the lamp and give additional outlets for my various power tools. Might not be pretty, but it works :)


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 05-22-2012 06:04 PM

A solid core door on saw horses.
Workmates work well too, I have several, I buy them cheap at yard sales.

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#4 posted 05-22-2012 06:09 PM

As the previous two suggest, I do something similar if the need arises. There was a massive workbench “built in” to the garage when we moved in. We needed the space, but I kept the work bench top. It’s simply two 2×6 together with 2×4 at each end to hold them together. I just put it over a $25 pair of saw horses (unless I need it to be “real” sturdy, then use heavier saw horses), clamp it down and go to work.

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#5 posted 05-22-2012 06:30 PM

I use two HF workmates in my shop. They hold power sanders. When I need an outdoor bench I take them outside, (minus the sanders), put half sheet of 3/4 plywood on it, screw it down with a couple deck screws, and I have a nice bench. Leave overhang so you if you cut through it you only hit the plywood. when I’m done, take off the ply, store it in the shed, put my workmates back to work holding sanders in the shop. If I need a vise I bolt it through the plywood just off the workmates.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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