Simple DIY Shopmade Portable jobsite MFT slab worktable for saw horses or trestles

This is a project I've been meaning to make for ages, A simple portable workshop or jobsite bench slash work table. By routing the holes using a jig I have made a fairly quick and easy Festool MFT type workbench that can be taken to site or used in the shop/garden.
It has many clamping options using the track saw clamps, quick clamps and even bench dogs. It will be used slung across two saw horses, and can be stowed easily in the van without taking up lots of valuable space.

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36 Comments

  1. Miter Mike's Woodshop

    Nice Richard. I am planning on building an MFT type bench for small work, thanks for the idea with the router & jig.

  2. Hi Richard,
    That is a pretty cool way to cut the 20mm holes. When I saw you make the jig in the last video, I didn’t grasp how it would be used. Now it all makes sense. Using 18mm MDF seems like the better way to go. I think the extra weight of the 25mm would be a hindrance to portability. Thanks for the video!
    -mike

  3. +Miter Mike’s Woodshop No problem Mike, hopefully my mistakes and findings help making it a little easier! πŸ™‚

  4. +goptools I think for future, I’d make the jig holes 0.2 larger, just enough to make using the surface clamps slightly easier and quicker. I’d also make 4 or more rows of them rather than just 1, to reduce the error at the other end.
    As for 18/25mm…..I went for the 25 for the rigidity over the increased weight – my thinking was it would only really be carried to/from he van 90% of he time…. I think nest time ill be using 18 or possibly 22mm next time. That said, the thickness was more an issue with the ease of clamping rather than weight.

  5. Hi Richard !!
    Great voice over mate.This project sounds superb and will make life a lot easier for the serious diy-er or the tradesman….Top job !!
    Take care.
    Chris.

  6. +Richard β€œBrainFizz” Morley Thanks for the clarification!

  7. +Christopher Fisher Thanks Chris! I always think i sound too serious, and a little bored TBH. But glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

  8. That looks like a very useful table, Richard.

  9. Donald Vlogsify's Wood Shop

    That’s nice! That board will make work a whole lot easier.

  10. Sharp Edge Woodworking

    I love my little workshop. Having a dedicated working area and knowing where everything is. But when I do go out to do jobs in peoples houses, this could certainly be an improvement on my current work station.

  11. Hi Richard, great video. Maybe if you flip the jig over every row you might eliminate the alignment error.

  12. Looks good πŸ™‚ and will work and make life easier for you…

  13. +Steve Collins Thanks Steve, It’s already proving to be a handy addition!

  14. +Donald Vlogsify’s Wood Shop Very Handy, I just need to see if I can get hold of a few more of the track clamps.

  15. +Sharp Edge Woodworking I was looking to make this back in February, I’m kicking myself already as it’s already proving more useful than I’d thought.

  16. +Rik B I love this idea, as yes it would limit the errors on each row. But I hate this idea, because it’s so obvious (now you’ve pointed it out), I should have thought of that! πŸ™‚
    I fel a little silly now! πŸ™‚

  17. +Wacky Wood Works FAR easier! Also it should mean i can more more efficiently without so much wasted time!

  18. +Richard β€œBrainFizz” Morley Maybe after cutting one row of holes you could turn the jig 90 degrees and cut two rows each side (carefully) to reduce any inaccuracies.

  19. +Dadoo83 That also would be a solution, Someone else also pointed out that flipping the jig over would reduce errors. Both simple ideas that I didn’t think about.

  20. Hi Richard. I see you have an x carve, why not use that to make your cutting board?
    Malcolm.

  21. +Malcolm Daly I was tempted to try, but the board is much bigger than the machine, so I went with the jig. Also the bigger router is better suited for this – and there’s always those who could benefit from the end result – but are not CNC owners to think about.

  22. Great Job MR Morley, I just found your VIDS last week, keep it up.

  23. +UpCycle Engineer Thanks! I’m busy on a few site jobs currently, so it’ll be a back to the videos once they are done. You’ll have to keep up on social media, or watch the back catalogue until then πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for watching!

  24. As a router noob, and someone with very limited workshop space (everything has to pack away when the car is in the garage!), I’ve been thinking about making one of these, possibly with a router table insert in it for double-duty (all those dogs should be good for holding a fence). Why did you choose to use a bush instead of just having 20mm holes in the jig, and a template-cutter? Less wear on the holes in the jig, or more accuracy?

  25. I want to Build one of a similar style so I can use bench dogs without drilling large holes in the worktop, great !

  26. +Howard Jones I’m already planning a portable router table insert with some of the left over 25mm MDF! πŸ˜‰
    I went for the guide bush option as I don’t have a 20mm router bit, but i do have a 30mm guide bush and a few 1/4″ cutters…… since I was making the jig, i could make the holes whatever size I needed! πŸ˜‰ – use what you have!

  27. +Tom Howbridge thanks! you could even use this method to route the worktop you already have.

  28. Great videos – thanks for all the work you do sharing them. Maybe flipping that jig every time would balance out the slight amount it’s out. I’ll have to keep your build in mind if I make one.

  29. A few people have since recommended that, Honestly I didn’t think of it my self at the time though….I made a different version, and Yes it does make a huge difference in the end result, so your advise is spot on!! Thanks for watching

  30. Hi, what router bit did you use? and why did not you use drill for making holes? thanks

  31. It was a 1/4″ Spiral cutter. Using a router and guide bush with a guide bush. This is a much faster method cutting the holes than simply using a drill.

  32. Thanks, and do you know cheap version of push and pull clamps?

  33. There are many makers of the quick grip, push/pull clamps on the market. I have had a few different ones over the years, but now pretty much exclusively use “Piher” clamps. they aren’t always the cheapest, but they are VERY good quality and have never needed replacing even under “extreme testing” (see a couple of articles about them on my website). Hope this helps.

  34. Yaa, ofcourse thanks a lot.

  35. What is the clamp you used on the edge of the board to clamp against the the bench dog?

  36. +Stephen they are festool clamps for their MFT table. Not cheap but heat for holding parts on this table top.

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