How To Build A DIY Portable Workbench For Your Camper (Or Tiny House!)
Parts & Instructions
Here are the parts recommended in the original project (in normal color), arranged according to what goes together, with any of my revisions listed in orange:
(1) Black & Decker Workmate 125 Work Bench (Strongly recommended) – $30
– OR –
(1) 24″x24″ section of 3/4″ plywood (about $10-15)
– OR –
My $1 Replaceable Work Top Solution
- (1) 24″x24″ section of 1/2″ scrap plywood/OSB/MDF +
- (1) 24″x24″ section of 1/4″ scrap hardboard (about $1 from the scrap bin)
- (1) (small amount of spare wood glue or All-Purpose glue to adhere the pieces
- (1) (alternative) small pack of finishing nails or carpet tacks if you want an easily replaceable surface
- (1) 18″x24″ Peg Board ($3-5)
TO ATTACH THE WALL:
(To make it retractable)
- (2) Small 1″ hinges w/ screws
- (6) 3/8″ machine screws
- (6) nuts that fit the screws
(To make it stand up)
(6) screws that came with the hinges
- (2) 1/4″ wide x 1/2″ long thumb screws
- (2) 1/4″ inner diameter threaded screw insert that the thumb screws fit into
TO ATTACH THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM:
- (4) 3″ Toggle bolts
- (4) Washers
- OR -
- (2) 4″ Machine screws
- (2) large wing nuts that fit the screws
- (2) 8″ sections of 1″x2″ wood
(OPTIONAL) SUPPLY DRAWER
- (1) Sterilite® 6-Qt. Shoe Drawer
- (4) Wood Screws to attach the drawer to the top
- OR -
- (1) Any 6-Qt. Plastic Box
- (4) Wood Screws to serve as drawer “rails”
Watch the video to see how it all fits together!
Overall, it’s really not a tough project at all. The only thing that really created a detour was my need to come up with a creative way to make the work surface usable with different legs.
Provided you just go ahead and get the Workmate 125, I think attaching the top the way 911Kisses.net does it will work well, as long as you countersink holes, so you can have a flat work surface… especially if always have a power screwdriver handy to pull out the toggle bolts, because the bolts are long.
For attaching the pegboard wall, I think using the thumb screw and screw-insert trick you see in my video is a good improvement.
I've since uploaded a tutorial on How To Make A Tripod Camping Stool to use with your workbench. I made it right after I realized I had no good way to sit at it!
I use both the Mobile Workbench and Tripod Stool every day when I'm camping. Most frequently, it makes a great cooking table for my "Smokeless" DIY Wood Gasifying Cook Stove.