Sidekick bench [WIP]

A small versatile bench, usable as a normal bench, a bench top bench, a kid bench, a sawing bench, a shaving pony or an actual sitting bench.

1 What

  • L 140cm x l 30cm x H 30cm
  • approx. 25kg
  • moxon and tail vises
  • some dog holes on top and legs
  • complementary L 30cm x l 15cm x 15cm feets, 5kg

2 Why

2.1 To elevate work for fine tasks

A classic workbench works just great most of the time but I find that adding 30cm to a traditional 80-90cm or even a 75cm kitchen table, making it up to 110-120cm is great for precise work or just to relieve back pain. I'm in the 180~190cm.

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Figure 1: Assembled

2.2 To double as a low bench

Either as a sawing bench, a shaving pony or a carving bench, and even sometimes as an actual table bench in my backyard.

I didn't like kids standing on a stool at the bench with heavy or cutting fragile tools, so there is that too.

I built this little bench with removable feets to make it 45-50cm high if needed.

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Figure 2: shaving pony - full

2.3 To use it around the house

A classic workbench is … static, either attached to a wall or too heavy and commercial "mobile" workbenches are usually too light and too low.

So I clamp this sidekick bench on top of saw horses and work in the comfort of the fireplace.

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Figure 3: around the house - full

3 How

I had some various hardwood pieces around:

  • decorative fireplace oak 15x15cm beam, for the legs
  • 6cm thick sorb slabs, for the top
  • chestnut for the jaws
  • some sipo for small pieces and wedges

There is nothing special about the build. I just made sure to design and build:

  • everything thick enough to be able to use bench hooks
  • the legs flush with the top
  • something to clamp it if necessary

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