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Mini-Bench with the tools I need to thank
Mini Workbench

Bending over a workbench for any amount of time is hard work. Sitting is better, but sometime it's still too high for precision work.

Based on designs I'd seen online I decided making a smaller bench, with a vice built into it, would be useful. (I also wanted to practice making dovetails.)

So I made this miniature workbench. It has rubber feet, and is nice and solid. I can use it on top of my table saw or workbench. There is a nice large vice at the front, and the top has a series of 20mm holes on 96mm centers for using benchdogs when I want to hold larger pieces.

The core is made from two sheets of 3/4" baltic birch plywood glued together, with some hard maple laminated to the top.

The surround is made from Red Oak, and there is a small walnut inlay, because why not?

It was my first time cutting dovetails (I used a Jonathan Katz-Moses dovetail guide). The ones on the back corners were hand cut, and the front ones are sliding dovetails made on the table saw.

It's finished with a couple of coats of water based polyurethane.

Overall I'm very happy with it, and it's nice to use.


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