Introduction: Better Than a Workbench - the Clamping Box

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

Step 1: 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

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

Here are the dimensions of my clamping box:

Material:

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

Done

Comments

author
ZombieWorkshop made it! (author)2016-08-01

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

author
litterbuggy made it! (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.

author
Mo27 made it! (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!

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-30

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

author
chiok made it! (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.

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-13

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

author
marcoveronesi made it! (author)2015-10-13

Realmente espectacular y muy práctico

Felicitaciones

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-13

muchas gracias marcoveronesi

author
JAguallero made it! (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!

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-12

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

author
JAguallero made it! (author)JAguallero2015-10-12

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

author
marhar made it! (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.

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-12

Thank you marhar and merry Christmas :)

author
LisaAndrus made it! (author)2015-10-11

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

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-12

Tahnk you LisaAndrus and good luck!

author
kaygarystudios made it! (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!

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-12

Thank you kaygarystudios.

author
Sanderguy777 made it! (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

author
LarryW3 made it! (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!!

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-11

Thank you, LarryW3. You are welcome.

author
FlorinJ made it! (author)2015-10-11

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

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-11

Thank you, FlorinJ.

author
loubee2 made it! (author)2015-10-11

Wonderful, practical idea!

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-11

Thank you, loubee2.

author
merideth made it! (author)2015-10-11

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

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-11

Thank you, merideth.

author
geraldhightower made it! (author)2015-10-11

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

;-)

author
SpoonMax made it! (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?

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-10

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.

author
instructables24 made it! (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!

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-10

Thanks. Now I added a step for details.

author
Goodiescoza made it! (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.

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-10

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

author
JimTheSoundman made it! (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.

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-10

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

author
Royell made it! (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!

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-09

Thank you Royell and good luck!

author
fzumrk made it! (author)2015-10-09

I like it. Nice design.

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-09

Thank you, fzumrk.

author
kylegilbert made it! (author)2015-10-09

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

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-09

Thank you, kylegilbert.

author
papadru made it! (author)2015-10-08

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

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-09

Thank you, you are welcome.

author
Uncle Kudzu made it! (author)2015-10-08

Very clever! Thanks for sharing your great idea.

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-09

Thank you, you are welcome.

author
strumbot made it! (author)2015-10-08

this is brilliant. patent and market this

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-08

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

author
Special A made it! (author)2015-10-08

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

author
StephanP1 made it! (author)StephanP12015-10-08

You are welcome

About This Instructable

31,532views

602favorites

License:

Bio: If you like simple solutions then here you can find some of my crazy ideas.
More by StephanP1:Simple and Precise Height GaugeRubber Band Powered Bench Dogs Awesome Tape Measure Improvement
Add instructable to: