The Bench Horse ‘original’ is the first and most popular of our Bench Horse series of portable workbenches. We now offer this bench ( as well as the ‘plus’) with our new wooden leg set
The entire leg set is made of solid hard maple. It is easily able to be folded up and stored in seconds, yet is rock solid when set up. Both legs on a side are fully mortised and tenoned together.
The Top: The key to this bench is the top construction. It is made entirely of 1/2″ Baltic Birch plywood with the perimeter doubled to be 1″ thick. It is a torsion-box assembly, which is a grid work of pieces with a top and bottom skin glued on and then an outer apron which extends below this torsion box to contain the leg-set. On each side of these grid work boxes a hole is bored so that every 6 inches a pipe clamp can be inserted around the entire perimeter through to the other side.. This then creates a vise location every 6 inches around the entire bench. The bench top and bottom also have these holes so work can be clamped to the bench top as well. It also has 2 rows of dog holes on each side that when used with the accessory “vise block” on the pipe clamp head, clamps boards for planing or sanding between dogs like a classic cabinetmakers bench.
On this bench, the top is flat and extremely stiff. It will not sag, because of the torsion box construction. With the great depth, accessories such as holdfasts work which don’t work on thin top benches. By using ordinary pipe clamps for the vises and clamping across the width or length of the bench, great clamping pressure is exerted with no worry of deflection.
Solid hard maple construction with the legs being mortised and tenoned together on each side. The stretchers are secured with hand knobs which are loosened slightly to fold the bench up. This only takes a minute. When folded up, there are no protruding pieces to get caught on other things. Carry it like a suitcase and slide in the back of your pickup. Or store in a corner of the garage. Unlike your stationary bench, this will never become a catch all. It can be carried to wherever you are working and used as an actual “WORK BENCH”.
Bench Horse™ Specifications
18″ X 48″ W xL • 34 1/2″ Height • 61 lbs.
Includes: 2 Bench Dogs
Bench dogs $5.00
Hardwood dowel with angled face and rubber o-ring
Hard Maple Vise Chop $30.00
2″ x 4″ x 18″
End Vise w/ clamp $75.00
Removable open top box for storing bench dogs, vise block or small tools. Can fit 1 or 2 per bench. Includes 2 turn buttons for securing.
Hand Forged Holdfast $45.00
Designed to work in a 3/4″ hole,these work especially well in our torsion box benches but also solid top benches. Made by a local blacksmith friend of mine. They have great ‘spring’ to them. The shaft is hand hammered for extra hold. 5/8″ Dia.x 10″ reach