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Introduction: Work Bench

Multi-tool work bench......I am retired in Costa Rica and have limited tool resources so decided to make the tools I do have more user friendly........Converted the jigsaw to a table jigsaw......made a drill press using  a hand drill.......mounted router to table.......built small wood vise.......All the tools are easily removable for hand use..........the bench was originally a tv stand my neighbor built.....I dismantled it, made the legs the same length.....added a drop leave and gave it a quick stain and varnishing........As you may have seen in my other instructables,  I build unusual type guitars to keep me busy and this bench will help a lot.........Also searching the internet I couldn't find any design for mounting a hand drill for a drill press so was challenged to do that.......I also have and instructable on how I made the drill press.......here is the link...........https://www.instructables.com/id/Drill-press/

Step 1: Jigsaw Table

I used a plywood box to make the jigsaw stand......the top slides in and out to adjust to the blade to the guide.....the blade guide is an accessory that came with the router which I turned around and mounted to the pipe.......the pipe guide arm is adjustable up and down for different size blades......or can be moved out of the way........the sliding top is attached with wing nuts for easy removal......

Step 2: Hand Drill Press

The drill press is mounted with 2" pipe and flanges......works very well and is very sturdy.....the wood is oak from a broken oak folding chair.......the slide mechanism is made with aluminum picture frame molding which happened to interlock when put back to back.......I would use drawer slides if I had them.......would be much easier......the drill is mounted to the board with clamps......the block of wood behind the drill is a wedge for adjusting the angle.......The drill works amazingly well and is easily removed.........

Step 3: Table Mounted Router

The router is mounted to a piece of plywood and mounted into table.....easy to change cutters or to remove router.....the raising and lowering is done with original router holder...,Everything is square to the table......

Step 4: Small Wood Vise

Small wood vise...I used threaded rod and T-nuts attached thru  handles  under table.....will work good for small items.......

Step 5: Power Strip

Added so I can plug in a tool and turn on and off quickly.........Like when my hand is caught in the router.........

Step 6: More Completed Pictures


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    This is definitely the wierdest workbench I've seen. Super versatile. It makes me grateful of the US's cheap tool prices, though.

    Awesome workbench table!!!

    its great.. but i need to knw smthng that the tie by which you set the drill mechine,what's it's name??? and where i can get it??

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    thanks a lot...

    wow - wow --- great job, I like the finish on the wood.

    Thank you it is exactly what I was looking for, I am also in Costa Rica for 12 years now and the prices for a bench is outrageous. Thank you for sharing

    Semper Fi

    Dude, that is awesome! I'm going to be building something similar to this as soon as I can.

    It was very good
    If you have not installed tutorial milling (iron cutter)

    great job
    now think of all of us who spent $$$ in heavy machinery that is excellent but that we mostly do not use at full capacity… a little more brains and we could have ended with this that could suit as well !…
    congratulations ! … 

    This is just awesome, and exactly what I need for now. Thx!!

    Very creative- I'm impressed!

    looks great; very inspirational

    A lot of great ideas here. I' m not familiar with the router accessory you used as your jigsaw blade support. What is that accessory called or what is used for on a router? Other than mounting it as you did to the pipe, did you have to modify the accessory to enable it to be a blade support. I'm wondering about using it on a scroll saw to support the blade.