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.
- 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
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.
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
fragile tools, so there is that too.
I built this little bench with removable feets to make it 45-50cm high if needed.
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.
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