A few weeks ago, I decided to make myself a tabletop jeweler’s bench similar to this one. I don’t have a proper jewelry bench and needed one that fit into a crowded work space. I had a few more requirements: I wanted to set up the bench directly across from my soldering station. I wanted the bench to hold my bench pin at the right height for comfortable sawing. I also wanted to have a bit of storage underneath the bench. Most importantly, I needed a portable bench so I could move it out of the way if I needed to use the work station for something else.
My last requirement was that I wanted to make the bench using tools and materials I already had on hand. I possessed an old hand-held power jigsaw, a couple of miter box saws, (inherited from my father-in-law), a drill, and a cordless screwdriver. My materials consisted of a wood snack tray (which seemed to be the perfect size for the top of the bench,) some boards and wood scraps picked up from dumpster diving, and an assortment of screws collected over the years. I didn’t want to buy anything else if I could help it. And every time I was ready to break down and buy something, I discovered that I already owned something that would do the trick. I didn’t have to buy a thing!
This is my finished bench and I think it looks pretty good considering that I didn’t know what I was doing. I’m not skilled enough to make drawers but I did make a pull-out shelf and added a rack on the back for pliers.
The portable bench measures 24” wide, 16” deep and about 9” high with the screw-on feet and 8” without. It is put together entirely with screws. This means it can be disassembled and stored easily. Or you can just slide the shelf out and stow it a corner.
I have no carpentry skills. I have never made anything out of wood unless you count the Popsicle stick trivet I made for my mother in Kindergarten. So I watched a lot of YouTube videos on carpentry and using tools. I wish I could tell you that there’s a great video on how to make this portable bench, but there’s not.
My raw materials:
I will post plans on how to make the bench, and step-out photos next week. Stay tuned.
Martha, you are incredible!!! What a clever idea!