“Milkman’s” Workbench Plans and Kit

In addition to the complete portable “Milkman’s” workbench, we are now offering full size engineered drawings and a kit for those wanting to build their own. Details are as follows:

The Plans

The plans are full scale copies of hand drawn prints and include a complete assembly and all components with full dimensions. There are two D size (24″ x 36″) sheets along with a half dozen color photos showing various details of an assembled workbench. One sheet is an assembly with all components labeled and all hardware is itemized.  We ship the plan kit rolled up in a tube so there are no folds.  Price is $40 plus shipping.

The Kit

The kit includes the following:

  • The plans and photos, as described above.
  • Three wood screws for the vises made of hard maple by Acer-Ferrous Toolworks. These are designed to work with the Beall 1 1/4-5 wood tap.  We offer this tap as described below. It is also available in the  1 1/4″ wood threader kit sold by Lee Valley.
  • Two angle iron mounting brackets, with holes pre-drilled and ready to mount.
  • Two round bench dogs to fit 3/4″ diameter holes. These dogs are made of hickory and have ball detents installed to keep them in place.
  • All hardware for assembling the bench. The mounting bracket screws are slotted flat head screws for better aesthetics. (The other screws will be covered with plugs so will not be visible.)
  • Cork neoprene gasket material for lining the jaws and enhancing the gripping power of the vises. A small piece is included to add to the dogs if desired.

    The only items that will need to be supplied is the wood for the bench and the Beall tap described above, along with glue and contact cement for the jaw liner. Price for the full kit is $175 plus shipping.

    The Tap

    To thread the holes, the Beall  1 1/4″-5 tap will be needed.  Beall is now owned by Lee Valley, and as described above, this tap is included in their 1 1/4″ wood threading kit.  We have worked with Lee Valley and can now offer just the tap for this project, since the wood screws are included and the holes are the only thing that needs to be threaded.

    The tap has a removable pilot  that will guide it through the hole when tapping by hand. (See photo below.)  A tap wrench, or simply an adjustable wrench, can be used to turn the tap through the hole.  Price is $39 plus shipping.

    8 Responses

    1. Hello.My name is Hakan and I am from Turkey. I am interested in your plans. I would like to buy some of them but since shipment is extra cost I want to ask you if I buy the digital copy since it is easier for me to get.
      Thank you in advance.
      Best Regards,


    2. Hola
      Escribo desde Santiago de Chile y tambien me interesa una copia digital de los planos para imprimir aca. Es posible?

    3. I am taking a woodcarving class and want to start with a small portable bench to make sure it’s something I can do and enjoy before investing in a large workbench. With this work for something like that? Thank you for your help.

      1. The portable workbench will work well for carving as long as the workpiece is laid flat. If you are carving pieces that need to be held at various angles, the carver’s vice may work better.

    4. This kit seems to fit your method for international shipping except that I don’t see the weight listed. Would it be possible to ship this to Portugal without any problems?

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