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How to Build a Portable Woodworking Workbench – Part 2 of 3

Free plans. I decided to build a portable workbench so that I can work on projects, in any room of the house, and to take the workbench on the road to places like farmer's markets to do live woodworking demos.

The mobile workbench is constructed from walnut, cherry, pine, and red oak. The top is 30" x12"; the foot print is ~25×19"; the height of the workbench is ~34". The bench weighs in at ~55 lbs (~25 kg).

The free plans for this workbench is scheduled to be released at the same time as part 3 of 3 of the workbench is released. Part 1/3 was released on 3/24/2017. Part 3/3 of the workbench is scheduled for 4/7/2017. If all goes well, then the free plans will be available for you to download on 4/7/2017.

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A Portable Woodworking Workbench Part 1/3

A Portable Woodworking Workbench Part 3/3

Free Portable Woodworking Workbench Plans

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John Z Zhu


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  1. Uncle Cys Woodshop

    Really enjoying this series John. Thanks

  2. i always watch videos on youtube so i get motivated :DDD

  3. You’re welcome. Glad to hear it.

  4. Hopefully this bench video gets you motivated as well.

  5. Great Job John! Congratulations

  6. Thanks Mikh, good luck with your channel.

  7. Thanks John!!

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    Your work is impeccable! Great design so far to make it last for years. It’s indestructible!

  9. You do such a nice job with hand tools, it’s a real pleasure to watch.

  10. Thanks Andrew. So far the bench is working out great.

  11. Thank you. I find woodworking with hands is more dynamic and relatable.

  12. looking good John! I might have to build something similar

  13. Where did you get the frame saw?

  14. Thanks Neil. Glad to hear that you want to build a similar bench but not the same.

  15. I ordered it online from Highland woodworking, I believe. It’s a ECE frame saw, available from many online places.

  16. john, I noticed the discoloration in the skin on your hands,,, my brother had that 30 years ago, and it was a simple remedy.. I believe it was vinegar,, but it been a long time ago,, I know the remedy is simpLe though.

  17. Thanks Stewart. I’ll give apple cider vinegar a try. It would be nice if it was a simple fungal infection. Though I suspect my vitiligo is x-linked genetic, affecting males on my mother’s line.

  18. I like it John makes you special. I dont know how long you have it but when its gone you might miss it.

  19. I’d rather not have it but I doesn’t bother me; I think some people look at me differently, but that’s their problem.

  20. This part got me to subscribe. Thank you for showing us your mistakes, too. You are clearly a skilled woodworker, so it reminds me to not get so upset at my own (many… _many_) mistakes. I’m excited to see the last part of the series!

  21. CL58 - wood project

    Your side of your mortise chisel are not enough sharp!

  22. Thanks for you input.

  23. Thanks BG. And welcome aboard. Mistakes are what keeps the workbench authentic. As long as a person keeps pushing his limits, he is going to make mistakes and learn from them then makes more as he pushes further away from his safe space. The only way to avoid mistakes is to make the same thing over-and-over-and-over again; like Bob Ross paintings or the New Yankee Workshop in their later years.

  24. Mistakes along with the fixes you decided on are the signs of a good Tuber and teacher. Thank you for including these bits. The mobile bench is looking pretty nice.

  25. Thanks Thomas. The workbench is working out great. I decided long ago to keep my channel and project authentic I’d have to show the mistakes. It’s impossible for me to not make a mistake in a project that is original. Norm Abram used to build a prototype then film the project again. That’s boring to me and I don’t have the production budget for a project this size to have a prototype. Also I think it’s fun to see how a prototype comes along w/ all it’s mistakes and fixes.

  26. Great video

  27. Thank you.

  28. hello, like this video!!where are the 3rd one?

  29. Thanks. The third is scheduled for 4/7/2017 as is stated in the intro of part 1, the end of part 2, and the descriptions of both part 1 and part 2.

  30. Awesome work … looking forward to see part 3

  31. Thank you. Should be this Friday.

  32. is it true that traditional Japanese carpentry very rarely uses glue? if you’re not truly Japanese I hope I didn’t offend you. I just have a high level of respect in the attempts at perfect joint hurry that the Asian culture attempts with carpentry and woodworking

  33. I am not Japanese. But I am also very hard to offend. I try to extend to people the benefit of the doubt. As far as gluing is concerned they all used it. I know that the Chinese and Japanese and Korean used animal hide glue and rice glue. Rice glue is more common in Japanese woodworking, I think the Chinese and Korean preferred animal hide glue. These glues are semi-permanent, unlike modern wood glues, the semi-permanent glues allowed a joint to be taken apart. For example, a shoji (screen door) often warped or shrunk over time so the fix is not a new door but to open up the joint to remake may be one piece. In China, most furniture are designed to be taken apart by soaking the joint, that’s part of the reason why you see through-tenons in Chinese furniture.

    Both the Japanese and Chinese built wooden structures w/o nails or glues; just like Western post-beam construction. In China for sure there are some furniture that do not need glue because the joints are tight and the wood is well seasoned. I can’t say for sure for Japanese or Korean, but I suspect they also made some furniture w/o glue.

  34. nice vid, waiting the 3rd one withe passion.

  35. Thank you. Working on getting part 3/3 of the workbench out this Friday.

  36. waiting you part 3…..Good woodworking…

  37. Thank you. Part 3 scheduled for Friday.

  38. Maybe I should have said this in my question or comment depending on how you see it two years ago I went on a trip to Spain if I didn’t speak people assumed I was German probably because of my facial features and because my ancestry is Jim my family came to America from Germany a hundred and sixty years ago. I know this for a fact because people would start talking German to me if I was standing with them in a crowd. Thank you for the information it is extremely fascinating. I will have to do more research simply because I not only enjoy carpentry I enjoyed carpentry history. And different techniques of course. Have you ever heard of the Shakers? Known for their carpentry skills. Also do you take care packages for use in your videos like wood planes saws and other things you may use in your videos?

  39. I know that in some places of the world, like the UK, they use the word rebate to refer to the groove made at the edge of a piece of wood, like the one you made reference to on minute mark 7:20, but the word rabbet is a more correct name for that type of joint.

    Here is the definition of both words:
    re•bate ( rē′bāt; rē′bāt, ri bāt′), n., v.,  -bat•ed, -bat•ing. 
    1) a return of part of the original payment for some service or merchandise; partial refund.
    2) to allow as a discount.3) to deduct (a certain amount), as from a total.
    rab•bet (rab′it), n., v.,  -bet•ed, -bet•ing. 
    1) a deep notch formed in or near one edge of a board, framing timber, etc., so that something else can be fitted into it or so that a door or the like can be closed against it.2) a broad groove let into the surface of a board or the like; dado.

  40. Thanks i.rodriguez. Description to communicate vs. using jargon to mystify is an on going dug between good and bad presenters.

  41. Well, so far you are doing wonderfully, so keep up the good work!

  42. Awesome work and I like the look of the bench. Are you a Hoosier?

  43. Thanks Tim. I went to graduate school at IUB; I wasn’t born there.

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  45. Thanks for you input.

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