Introduction: VERSATILE MINI WORKBENCH

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BUILDING THIS INSTRUCTABLE IS FUN.

AND A GREAT WAY TO MAKE INTRICATE ITEMS ON.

NO WORKSHOP SHOULD BE WITHOUT A MINI WORKBENCH.

AS I CAN PICK IT UP AND PLACE IT ANY WHERE I LIKE AND DO MOST THINGS A FULL SIZE BENCH CAN DO.

ANY WAYS

LETS GET TO IT

Step 1: THINGS YOU WILL NEED

GLUE GUN /OR WOOD GLUE.

RULER,TAPE MEASURE ETC.

SQUARE

FILE/RASP

PENCIL/ MARKING KNIFE.

CLAMPS.

DRILL.

COUNTERSINK

19MM FORSTNER DRILL BIT

PLANE.

JIGSAW/OR ANY SAW

SANDPAPER.

SHELLAC , VARNISH

6, 2 INCH SCREW,S

PLY WOOD 18 INCH LONG 10 INCH WIDE,

PIECE OF WOOD 14 INCH BY 8 INCH

4CM OR LARGER PIECE OF WOOD 4CM ALL THE WAY ROUND BIGGER THAN THE PLY WOOD AND OTHER PIECE OF WOOD

Step 2: MARK YOUR MEASUREMENTS

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GRAB YOUR RULER AND PENCIL.

THEN MARK UP YOUR MEASUREMENTS

LEAVING THE 4CM OR LARGER SPACE, THIS WILL BE THE BOTTOM OF THE BENCH

Step 3: CUTTING

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NOW I USED A JIGSAW.

BUT ANY SAW WILL DO.

EITHER BY USING MY MEASUREMENTS. OR YOUR OWN.

SAW THE PIECES OF WOOD, TO THE REQUIRED WIDTH/LENGTH

Step 4: SQUARING UP

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ONCE YOU HAVE ALL 3 PIECES OF WOOD CUT .

THEN USING A SQUARE MAKE SURE ITS ALL SQUARED UP.

Step 5: SQUARE ANY UNEVEN SIDES

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ONCE YOU HAVE USED YOUR SQUARE .

ANY UNEVEN SIDES, LEVEL THEM OUT USING A PLANE, OR THE LIKES OF

Step 6: GLUE UP

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WITH THE PLY AND THE 14 X 8

GLUE THEM SO THAT THE PLY IS ON TOP

AND CLAMP

Step 7: FINISH THE GLUE UP

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NOW WITH THE BIG BOTTOM PIECE GLUE IT TO THE OTHER PIECES.

THEN CLAMP THEM.

Step 8: NOW COUNTERSINK

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NOW COUNTERSINK.

SO THAT WHEN THE SCREWS GO IN THERE IS NOTHING OBSTRUCTING THE WORKBENCH TOP

Step 9: ADD SCREWS

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NOW SCREW IN THE SCREWS.

AND USING YOUR RASP GENTLY REMOVE ANY SPLINTERS FROM WHERE THE SCREWS WERE COUNTERSUNK.

EITHER A RASP OR SAN PAPER

Step 10: CLEAN UP

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NOW USING SANDPAPER.AND A RASP.

SAND DOWN ANY SCRUFFY BITS.

THEN GIVE THE TOP (PLY WOOD) A GOOD SANDING READY FOR THE LATER STAGES.

Step 11: OPTIONAL INLAY

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1 INCH IN FROM EITHER END CARVE OR ROUTER AN INLAY.

THIS IS OBVIOUSLY OPTIONAL.

I ADDED IT TO MAKE THE INSTRUCTABLE LOOK BETTER

I USED A LEFT OVER STRIP OF PLY WHICH WAS PERFECT.

IT WAS 16 INCH LONG AND 1 CM WIDE.

I CHISELLED AFTER MARKING THE DEPTH.

WHEN I REACHED THE DEPTH POINT,

SANDED THE GROOVE.

THEN APPLIED GLUE.

THEN PLACED THE PLY IN THE GROOVE AND CLAMPED IT

Step 12: DRILLING BENCH DOG HOLES

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THIS IS OPTIONAL ALSO.

GRAB YOUR 19MM DRILL BIT

TRY TO GET YOUR MEASUREMENTS SPOT ON.

EVERY ONE HAS THEIR OWN WAY TO MEASURE SO I WILL LEAVE THAT DOWN TO YOU,

IF YOU DO HAPPEN TO GET STUCK SEND ME A MESSAGE AND I WILL GLADLY HELP

BUT AS A RULE OF THUMB.

I TRY AND LEAVE ABOUT 2 INCHES SPACE BETWEEN EACH HOLE NORMALLY DO 2 INCHS APART IN A SQUARE .

AND I PUT THE DRILL BIT AGAINST THE WOOD AND MAKE A MARK I THEN STICK ELECTRICAL TAPE AROUND THE MARK SO WHEN IM BORING A HOLE AS SOON AS THE TAPE IS FLUSH WITH THE WORK SURFACE I KNOW WHEN TO STOP

Step 13: FOR THE FINISHING TOUCH

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TO FINISH OFF

I HAD SOME BOTTLED SHELLAC.

WHICH IS MY FAVOURITE WHEN IT COMES TO VARNISH ETC,

MAKE SURE THE BENCH TOP HAS BEEN SANDED ETC,

THEN APPLY AS MANY COATS AS YOU SEE FIT.

AND THAT IS THAT .

YOU NOW HAVE A WORKBENCH THATS SO VERSATILE.

ANY WAY.

STAY SAFE.

AND IF YOU LIKE IT PLEASE VOTE.

MUCH LOVE.

UTOPIA247

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