Introduction: Full Function Portable Workbench W/Plans
Hey Guys, these are the plans to my portable woodworking workbench that fits on a Ridgid wheeled toolbox. Checkout the videos to see how I built my mobile workbench.
The plans/measured drawing for this workbench are included in this Instructable along with some details/tips that I think a important. If you have additional question please let me know. If you ask on the video link's comment section, then you'd get a timely response. I'll try to check the comment section on Instructables to try and answer any questions as well.
I wanted to build a small bench that can be transported to any room of the house. It had to be tall enough for me to work standing up. The bench needed to have a regular vise and some storage space. It also needs to be big enough to make projects up to 3'x2'; the 3'x2' size is big enough to cover over 80% of the projects that I've done in the past 3 years.
This bench is designed with woodworking in mind, but it can be used for many other purposes. I hope you use the plans and videos as a starting point in building your own small full function workbench.
Step 1: Cherry Top and the Outer Frame
The top is 8/4 cherry. The actual thickness of the bench top is just under 2". Other woods such as white oak, mahogany, or beech are great substitutes. Pine would work as well. But if you are going to make a nice mobile bench I'd suggest spending a little more on nicer woods. It's ok to treat yourself occasionally.
The outer frame of the workbench is made from walnut. Oak should be a fair substitute. I started with rough lumber, but I think 3/4 oak or pine would make the dimensioning the lumber easier.
The front face of the bench has a drawer in it. And I had to add a bar under the frame because the drawer opening was flexing with moderate pressure. You can start with a wider board and avoid the need to add this strip.
The vise is not visible because everyone will have a different vise budget and functional need for this workbench so I left that out in the measured drawing.
Step 2: Leg and Footing
The bench legs are made from pine to save some weight. This pine is construction lumber that I had purchased from my local big box store. Pine is more then strong enough for a bench of this size, keep in mind that if pressure is apply to pine parallel to the grain then it is super strong; almost as strong as oak.
The footing is made from more wear resistant oak because I need to put my foot on the footing and use my body weight in some techniques to steady the bench.
Step 3: Middle Divider, Shelves, and Drawer
The cherry top is frame but there is also a middle divider. The middle divider strengths the top but also creates a small for a tool well. The workbench does not need a tool well, but a tool well is super useful. The size of the tool well was selected to hold chisels but is deep enough that the chisel does not protrude above the bench top.
The shelves are made from oak. A wear resistant wood should be used. Pine would work but be comfortable with lots of scratches. The backing are also made from oak, just tall though to keep stuff from rolling off the back.
The bench drawer front is made continuous with the vise face. This adds aesthetics but certainly can be done easier use other methods. The drawer pull is located under the drawer, see video for details.
Step 4: Putting It All Together
These diagrams shows you how the workbench is put together. The parts are glued together. See part 3 of the how to video to see how I glued the bench together. There are so many parts I broke it down into sections.
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