For many years, my woodworking shop was located in an unheated garage in Michigan. This arrangement worked fine until winter cold forced me to move my entire shop inside the house. To make the annual move easier, I built this knock-down workbench.

The bench consists of six parts: two tool chests (with drawers and built-in carrying handles), two leg sets, a stretcher that connects the legs, and the top. Inside the leg sets are pockets for the stretcher and the two tool chests.

Knock-Down Workbench

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The underside of the top has pockets that fit the legs on one end and wedge blocks on the other end. When the top is pushed down, the wedge blocks lock it in place.

Knock-Down Workbench

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To break down the bench, just remove the top, slide the tool chests up and out of their pockets, then loosen the bolts that attach the stretcher to the legs.

Knock-Down Workbench

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It's all done in minutes. The bench is quite efficient and sturdy. I use it to store my large collection of hand tools-all 650 lb. of them.

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Drawings by Jim Richey

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November 3, 2008