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recycled timber work bench

1. Chalk board.

recycled timber work bench


recycled timber work bench

3. Up.

recycled timber work bench

4.In action. Chop.

So you have a smallish house and courtyard with a dog and three kids but you need a workstation to do you crafty nick nacking at. Something at a good height so you are not busting your back and with a good-sized worktop but without sacrificing any of you usable deck area for kids play and bigger parties?

And so the Chalk and Chop came about. Made from all found timber except the flat top that is a cut of painted ply. Some structural framing was added under the flat top to stiffen it and the piece under the front edge has holes bored in it to take the top of the cut down wooden broom handles (street found) the base of these pull out legs has a screw in it that sits in a hole in the deck making it impossible to knock the legs out. The real beauty of this system is that the very lightweight pull out legs are perfectly sufficient because of their high compressive strength and the top board being fixed in three places by hinges of the timber wall ledger.  As you can see when it is folded down the skinny legs just sit on top held by the hinge backs and the worktop becomes a chalkboard. Apart from a workbench it has turned out to be a very handy standing height BBQ serve your self food set out area.

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