portable workbench
30 May / 2013

How To Build A DIY Portable Workbench For Your Camper (Or Tiny House!)

Parts & Instructions

Here are the parts recommended in the original project (in normal color), arranged according to what goes together, with any of my revisions listed in orange:

BOTTOM (LEGS):

  • (1) Black & Decker Workmate 125 Work Bench (Strongly recommended) - $30

  • - OR -

  • (1) Any lightweight portable workbench

  • WORK SURFACE:

  • (1) 24″x24″ section of 3/4″ plywood (about $10-15)

  • - OR -

    My $1 Replaceable Work Top Solution

    • (1) 24″x24″ section of 1/2″ scrap plywood/OSB/MDF +
    • (1) 24″x24″ section of 1/4″ scrap hardboard (about $1 from the scrap bin)
    • (1) (small amount of spare wood glue or All-Purpose glue to adhere the pieces
    • (1) (alternative) small pack of finishing nails or carpet tacks if you want an easily replaceable surface

    BACK WALL:

  • - (1) 18″x24″ Peg Board ($3-5)


  • TO ATTACH THE WALL:

    (To make it retractable)

    • (2) Small 1″ hinges w/ screws
    • (6) 3/8″ machine screws
    • (6) nuts that fit the screws

    (To make it stand up)

    • (6) screws that came with the hinges
    • (2) 1/4″ wide x 1/2″ long thumb screws
    • (2) 1/4″ inner diameter threaded screw insert that the thumb screws fit into

    TO ATTACH THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM:

    • (4) 3″ Toggle bolts
    • (4) Washers

    - OR -

    • (2) 4″ Machine screws
    • (2) large wing nuts that fit the screws
    • (2) 8″ sections of 1″x2″ wood

    (OPTIONAL) SUPPLY DRAWER

    - OR -

    • (1) Any 6-Qt. Plastic Box
    • (4) Wood Screws to serve as drawer “rails”

    Watch the video to see how it all fits together!

    Overall, it’s really not a tough project at all. The only thing that really created a detour was my need to come up with a creative way to make the work surface usable with different legs.

    Provided you just go ahead and get the Workmate 125I think attaching the top the way 911Kisses.net does it will work well, as long as you countersink holes, so you can have a flat work surface… especially if  always have a power screwdriver handy to pull out the toggle bolts, because the bolts are long.

    For attaching the pegboard wall, I think using the thumb screw and screw-insert trick you see in my video is a good improvement.


    UPDATE:

    I've since uploaded a tutorial on How To Make A Tripod Camping Stool to use with your workbench. I made it right after I realized I had no good way to sit at it!

    I use both the Mobile Workbench and Tripod Stool every day when I'm camping. Most frequently, it makes a great cooking table for my "Smokeless" DIY Wood Gasifying Cook Stove.

     


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