Introduction: Better Than a Workbench - the Clamping Box

Picture of Better Than a Workbench - the Clamping Box

I have not enough space for a workbench, so this is my solution

Step 1: The Features

Picture of The Features

lightweight, non-slip with a rubber mat

use all your clamps you have (no expensive clamps necessary)

clamp on the top and on each site

turn it upside down and clamp in the middle

sawing with handsaw

use it as a mobile wall

Step 2: How to Built

Picture of How to Built

The dimensions are depending from your clamps (refer to the pictures)

I used scrap wood but you can also use new wood from a store

Connect the beams with dowels or with screws. Glue the top on the beams with wood glue

Step 3: Watch the Video

for more details.

Step 4: Detail Explanation

Picture of Detail Explanation

Here are the dimensions of my clamping box:


19mm plywood 1m x 0.5 m
2 beams 1m long (6cm x 6cm)
6 beams 0.5m long (6cm x 6cm)

24 screws (6mm x 100mm)
6 strips of MDF 0.5m long (6mm x 20mm)
wood glue

Make grooves in the short beams with a table saw or with a router 6mm width and 10mm depth

Mark the position for the short beams on the long beams

drill two 6mm holes in the long beams on each position

screw the long beams on the short beams, (Attention to squareness)

glue the plywood on the long beams



annrrr (author)2017-07-29

This is so cool!

ZombieWorkshop (author)2016-08-01

Absolute simple, absolute awesome, this will be in my to do list for this month Thanks for sharing

litterbuggy (author)2015-11-05

I'm just like you--my "shop" is one side of the dining room half of an open-plan apartment. As much as I long for a dedicated workbench, I'm reluctant to give up the melamine-topped table I use for everything from cutting mats for photos to tuning my skis, so this is a perfect solution.

Thanks for the detailed pics, especially the ones showing how you determined how far apart to space the short beams. I still don't see where you installed screws (just a couple are visible in the pictures), but having screwed a fair number of things together, I'll be okay without knowing exactly how you did it.

Mo27 (author)2015-10-30

I have a workshop, but made one of these two weeks ago to put on my table saw for when I wasn't using the saw. It serves as an extra work surface / clamping table at a height where I don't need to stoop. I can either hold it fixed on the table with a rubber mat or swivel it on the table to get all sides of the work piece. I have also taken it in the house, outside, and to other houses as a mobile bench. I don't know how I managed without it. Just brilliant, thanks fir posting!

StephanP1 (author)Mo272015-10-30

Wow, this is very cool! May be you have a picture for us?

chiok (author)2015-10-13

This is the new Black & Decker Workmate. I love this product. I would probably design it to have stronger joins on the cross pieces, but if you've managed with just screws, maybe that is all that is required.

StephanP1 (author)chiok2015-10-13

Thank you chiok. For stronger joints you can use more screws an glue.

marcoveronesi (author)2015-10-13

Realmente espectacular y muy práctico


StephanP1 (author)marcoveronesi2015-10-13

muchas gracias marcoveronesi

JAguallero (author)2015-10-12

This is brilliant! I agree that this is a good demonstration of how to use it, but not much detail about how to make it. In particular, I am curious about how you fastened it all together so that it would hold up to all that clamping. I don't see many screw holes, so what did you do?. I would love to see that information in this instructable. But it is a great design and I also love how organized and clean your work place is kept. Thanks!

StephanP1 (author)JAguallero2015-10-12

Thank you JAguallero. Please read Step 4 again and then you understand why no screws are visible.

JAguallero (author)StephanP12015-10-12

Ahh, thank you! For some reason I didn't get to step 4 the first time around. My apologies.

marhar (author)2015-10-11

Great design, I'm going to make one! And tell everyone my Christmas wish for clamps... :)

I like how you did the MDF, it's a neat way to make the cuts.

StephanP1 (author)marhar2015-10-12

Thank you marhar and merry Christmas :)

LisaAndrus (author)2015-10-11

This is so creative and practical too. Excellent design. Gotta make me one!

StephanP1 (author)LisaAndrus2015-10-12

Tahnk you LisaAndrus and good luck!

kaygarystudios (author)2015-10-12

I do have a work bench, but I still like this design and the possibilities it would add to my work bench, this could be used easily for just simple glue up and such.

Great job!

StephanP1 (author)kaygarystudios2015-10-12

Thank you kaygarystudios.

Sanderguy777 (author)2015-10-11

Good idea. I saw one of these that was a whole workbench. It had a piece of plywood on top and 2x2s under that. The plywood was removable and anything could be clamped to the 2bys underneath, making assembly much easier. I think this is a better solution for a small shop or (like me) a guy who has enough shop space but too much space in the wallet..... LOL

LarryW3 (author)2015-10-11

Nicely done! Personally, I have no problem working off of good photos, which you have provided. My son lives in a mobile home in a residential area and this will be perfect gift from me to him. Also, a perfect use for repurposed pallet wood. Thanks!!

StephanP1 (author)LarryW32015-10-11

Thank you, LarryW3. You are welcome.

FlorinJ (author)2015-10-11

Very versatile rig. I also have a tiny workshop with a table, so this got my interest up ...

StephanP1 (author)FlorinJ2015-10-11

Thank you, FlorinJ.

loubee2 (author)2015-10-11

Wonderful, practical idea!

StephanP1 (author)loubee22015-10-11

Thank you, loubee2.

merideth (author)2015-10-11

Great idea. I love good suggestions for making flexible workshops in small spaces.

StephanP1 (author)merideth2015-10-11

Thank you, merideth.

geraldhightower (author)2015-10-11

Nice, inexpensive solution to go with your $1000 Festool!


SpoonMax (author)2015-10-10

Excellent idea - very simple but highly flexible. It seems that you must live next to a clamp shop ;=}

If I were to make this, I would be concerned about the stability of the cross-beams when you are clamping off them, even with screws or dowels. Wouldn't the structure be stronger if the cross- beams were recessed into the long beams?

You appear to be working in a dwelling room - how do you deep with the dust?

StephanP1 (author)SpoonMax2015-10-10

Thank you SpoonMax. First tell all your friends and family members you want clamps for Christmas :) Feel free to make all the changes you want but for me it is strong enough. This dwelling room is my little workshop and II have a very good shop vac.

instructables24 (author)2015-10-10

Awesome design! Just FYI for you guys that are wondering how to make this, he clearly tells you how in the step 2 pics. it's all there, you just measure your own clamps, this will give you the dimensions that you will need, like he points out in the pics, make sense? Great Instructable Stephen! Thanks again!

Thanks. Now I added a step for details.

Goodiescoza (author)2015-10-10

Hi Stephan

Do you have a schematic for this clamp box it's fabulous and I want to build one please.

StephanP1 (author)Goodiescoza2015-10-10

I added a step for details. I hope it helps.

JimTheSoundman (author)2015-10-10

This is another Instructable that isn't really an Instructable. This shows you what the item is, and what it does, but doesn't tell you how to build one of your own.

I would respectfully ask the author to put some actual instructions in this so that people can build one of their own.

And yes, I realize that everyone will have different sized clamps and they will have to modify your instructions/dimensions/drawings, but right now you don't have anything that will help the average reader make one of these.

StephanP1 (author)JimTheSoundman2015-10-10

I added a step for details. I hope it helps.

Royell (author)2015-10-09

Brilliant! I live in a small apartment in the middle of my city, so a big nice workshop is impossible.
Thanks to you, I might be about to start woodworking soon!

StephanP1 (author)Royell2015-10-09

Thank you Royell and good luck!

fzumrk (author)2015-10-09

I like it. Nice design.

StephanP1 (author)fzumrk2015-10-09

Thank you, fzumrk.

kylegilbert (author)2015-10-09

Man, this is such a great design. Very clever!

StephanP1 (author)kylegilbert2015-10-09

Thank you, kylegilbert.

papadru (author)2015-10-08

This is a great idea! Thanks for letting us all in on it!

StephanP1 (author)papadru2015-10-09

Thank you, you are welcome.

Uncle Kudzu (author)2015-10-08

Very clever! Thanks for sharing your great idea.

StephanP1 (author)Uncle Kudzu2015-10-09

Thank you, you are welcome.

strumbot (author)2015-10-08

this is brilliant. patent and market this

StephanP1 (author)strumbot2015-10-08

Thank you! But now it's to late for patent and I share it with the world.

Special A (author)2015-10-08

Thank you for this idea, it would be very useful for me.

StephanP1 (author)Special A2015-10-08

You are welcome

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