Mini Workbench Works Wonders
Benchtop model has all the features of a full-size bench
Synopsis: This mini bench by Steve Latta puts your work at a comfortable height for use with small power tools, hand tools, all kinds of joinery, and detail work. Clamped to the top of a regular workbench, it is the perfect length for most furniture parts. It has a vise on one end, and a row of dog holes for holding parts. There’s plenty of clearance below for clamps. The top rests on two strong I-beam legs. The legs are mounted flush with one side of the top so that you can clamp work to the side of the bench. Each leg assembly is mortised on the flush side so that the bench can be clamped to the top of your regular workbench. The leg closest to the vise has a clearance hole to make way for the vise hardware.
If necessity is the mother of invention, then my minibench is the proof. When I first built it, I wanted to raise my work to a more comfortable height, and to hold legs and other furniture parts for joinery cuts and detail work. Clamped on top of my regular bench, the minibench gets the work closer to my eyes without bending over. The 42-in.-long top is perfect for most furniture parts. It has a vise on one end, and the dog holes make it easy to hold parts. plus there’s plenty of clearance to use most types of clamps, making it easier to handplane and carve more accurately.
I can clamp a workpiece to the front of the base when working on the edge of a piece, like hogging out the waste between dovetail pins or mortising the hinges on a door. And a tool holder on one end helps me keep track of wayward tools. The…