Portable Workbench

This is a portable workbench I built- simple and quick, out of plywood from the hardware store (If you are nice they will even cut most of it for you!) I made some simple fittings as "third hands" out of wire and aligator clips, too. They are attached to the box sides via modified plywood sheet clips, and can be slid around to the desired position. I even made a simple holder for my soldering iron. It opens along the top like an old school-type desk to allow you to store tools, etc. inside. I also built it with little "ears" that can fold up to level the top if desired. My idea was to have a workbench that can serve for anything I would want to do, from electronics to drawing and animation.

  • phlavor 8y

    Desperately need whatever the hell that orange thing at the top is.

    What do you call it and from whence did it come?
  • jafpcu 8y

    What are "plywood sheet clips"?
  • Aaron Spencer PRO 8y

    @phlavor-

    It looks like a plastic tool organizer, meant to be hung behind a workbench on a wall. Something similar to this rack. Check your local big box hardware store of choice. Shouldn't cost more than $10.
  • blackrazorus PRO 8y

    Plywood sheet clips are the little clips used to hold two sheets of plywood in alignment. They are usually made of galvanized steel, and can be found at any hardware store. They are really cheap, a few cents each, and have many, many uses outside of what they were designed for. See here for an example of what they look like. be sure at the the right size for your playwood (I used 1/2in).
  • blackrazorus PRO 8y

    air_spencer is exactly right. The red organizer on my workbench project was on sale for 3$US at the local hardware store when I was getting my parts. I was originally planning on drilling a bunch of holes in the top to hold tools, but the plastic organizer is way cooler!
  • phlavor 8y

    Thanks for the info guys. Blackrazor, I really like your idea. Living in a San Francisco apartment, space is at an absolute premium. It takes me longer to pull out and put away the various tools and parts I need for projects than it takes to do the projects themselves and I regularly get interrupted and have to put it all away halfway through. Something like this would make it all SO much easier. Thanks for getting the wheels moving on a solution to a big problem for me.
  • towert7 8y

    Cool stuff!
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