Workbench on wheels
Workbench on wheels

In my other shop,
I end up with such a dirty mess on my workbench.
So, I make a separate metal-working bench on wheels, and I’ve got some heavy duty
casters for this purpose and, I’ll make it the way
I make most of my cabinets. with a box joint 2 by 4 frame that leaves maximum opening
on the front, but is still rigid against
side to side movement. And, then a 2 by 4
joining that to the back. Except this workbench will be
more than twice as wide. So, here’s
my sophisticated model, and I worked out one 2 by 4
will be long enough for one of these
plus one of these plus one of these. Got my lumber cut.
Now, I need to cut box joints into the ends of these pieces
and these pieces. I’m putting in two saw blades so
that I can cut a thicker curve and hog those joints out faster. OK, got the jig set up,
and I’ve got four 2 by 4’s to cut in there
all at once. So, it turns out cutting
that much stock all at once, makes the blades a little bit
squished together so, I’ll make the second cut
a little bit further along and that way the mating joints
will have wider slots and narrower fingers. Well, I did screw up
a little bit, for long pieces, I have these symmetrical, so I
start with a space on this side, here, and on the far end
I’m also also starting with a space on here.
But, for the short pieces, I’ve got this space here,
but then on the other end, I’ve got it here.
So, now I have to cut the rest of them the same way,
and then remember to orient it all right
when I assemble it. These mistakes really
make a project complicated. Now, this part goes
in the middle here, and I can join that in there by
cutting a series of slot mortises in there,
except I don’t want to cut away half the material, so I’ll cut
away half of the fingers, here. So, I carefully marked where
the slots actually need to go, and to get the spacing
for them, just right I’m using a counter wheel,
up here which counts how many turns
about 16 turns for each threaded rod
I’m turning. And, since I know these are
all a half inch spacing, I just have to make sure the
numbers on here are multiples of 8, which corresponds
to half inches. Got most of the frame
dry fit now, and to avoid
further assembly mistakes, I actually labeled every joint, so I’ll put it together
the same way. And, now to join the front
and back frames I’m gonna have a whole lot
of these pieces and I’m gonna join those in
actually using floating tenons. So, with floating tenons,
a mortise gets cut into the end of the piece
of wood so that tenon can fit into it, like this.
The advantage can be sometimes it’s easier to cut
another mortise and make a floating tenon than it is
to cut a tenon into the end of the wood. Now I need to cut
corresponding mortises here and here. So, the reason I’m now doing
a series of plunge cuts is cause it’s always easier
to remove chips from the side of the piece of wood
and so by making a plunge-cut, I am drilling into the end
and making side cuts whereas when I was making the
cuts in the end of the piece of wood, I didn’t
want to plunge cut because cutting out from the face is
very difficult but by sweeping side to side
I was essentially making side-grain cuts.
And, sometimes I’m asked about the advantages of floating
tenons versus integral tenons Well, in this case here,
the floating tenon actually has a strength advantage because I
didn’t want to make the mortise any bigger because I didn’t want
to cut away too much of this wood and this being made out of Maple
it’s stronger than the Spruce that the rest of the piece
of wood is made out of. But, if the piece go in here
was actually only this size, then an integral tenon would
actually be advantageous, because it would be stronger
because a floating tenon, like this leaves way too little
material, and it’s just doesn’t have enough hold. For now, some of the joints
are just dry-fitted but it’s still plenty sturdy. Gluing up this workbench frame
is actually pretty tricky, so I’m doing it in stages.
So, this frame on the bottom is actually the front frame
and I’ve glued all the mortise and tenon joints into that one,
but for the back frame, For the time being they’re just
dry-fitted to make sure the parts actually line up. Well, that went together
better than expected. I guess it helps to have
a bigger persuader. I also made some drawers
for this workbench, which I’ll cover
in my next video. So, the idea is, when it’s not
winter, I can just wheel it outside and do my welding
and plasma cutting, there.

100 thoughts on “Workbench on wheels”

  1. Chris's Tech Box says:

    that is just awesome, love watching your videos, very well made! all of it! greetings from germany

  2. Bala Chandar says:

    Matthias, in keeping with your tradition, you did the "jump test" twice on your new workbench and it came out with flying colors!
    If only you are four times your current weight, I would call that the ultimate test.

  3. Matthew813 says:

    You should try 3d printing!

  4. Lior Singer says:

    Is it safe to use plasma cutting with wood?

  5. Robert Vernon says:

    I notice you are using metric measurements. I'm in Texas USA. Where are you?

    When I was in high school we started learning metric in prep for the country switching over. Never happened. I wish it would.

  6. Brian Eastwood says:

    that sophisticated model is the same i did at 3am prior to ordering 90 pieces for my cnc build. haha be interesting to see what i messed up. spontaneity, the seed of genius or the mother of all feck ups.

  7. 古往光年 says:


  8. ait oufella yazid says:

    I want to ask you if you can to realize a folding work we established on which the various devices such as a circular saw, a jigsaw … the established should be folding can be used for easy storage and use in places or spaces have been reduced and it is also easy to carry.
    thank you

  9. doacarnage says:

    I like it, but the most ideal welding benches or tables are made of steel

  10. bayashi23 says:

    My fast time watch of DIY channel is you:D
    So, I was started my youtube channel and DIY and more…
    Thank you! Please keep it ♪( ´▽`)

  11. Jeffrey Ball says:

    Matthias used new wood on a project!? Must be getting that YouTube money 😉 Nice job. Can't wait to see part 2.

  12. muhammed ali says:

    What glue does he use?

  13. ابو حمود المطيري says:

    you are excellent
    I hope I do this

  14. aloiz1972 says:


  15. stuart fisher says:

    Matthais, i am curious as to why you prefer the metric system of measurement favoured in Europe, instead of Feet and Inches favoured by the vast majority of American woodworkers.

  16. Velocity says:

    Why are u wearing earbuds or headphones

  17. Adam Davis says:

    Put a steel top on it. you'll burn through that in no time.

  18. lordmcted says:

    matt, i hate you in a way only a novice woodworker can, haha, awesome work and video, do you think you'll be putting a sheet of steel on top of that bench for welding on?

  19. Zas Huysmans says:

    don't mind me, just stopping by to tell the beam at 5:33 made almost a perfect A.

  20. Aaron Cameron says:

    that block of wood had a nice ring to it… you could make a wooden xylophone for the baby.

  21. April Mae says:

    Is it really that necessary to do all that just to make a work bench, wouldn't it be much easier to do pocket holes and lots of good wood glue?

  22. AirwinAtHome says:

    love your shoes!! 🙂

  23. Gareth Dirlam says:

    Well, no need for a festool domino, even if it comes from the old country.

  24. Moose Hopfensperger says:

    Dado anyone?!?!

  25. iqraartrace says:

    Great job Thank you

  26. Wass says:

    great job !!

  27. joseph mascarenhas says:

    The best videos Man. Thanks

  28. UK Tony says:

    Open mouthed admiration for the bench. I have made a bench from Dexion that just bolts together but yours is a thing of beauty.

  29. Chidsuey says:

    How big is your wood shop?

  30. Remaggib says:

    What most viewers don't know is that this guy is so good, that the "Sped up" video is actually regular speed, and what looks normal is being slowed down

  31. Kris A says:

    Once there was Tubular Bells,.. how about Rectangular Joists,.. ? 😉 That sound you recognised at 5:30,.. make a series of them at different lengths to give different notes,.. then a mallet or two and finally a tuneful musician to 'play' them like an instrument. 😉

  32. DeafFatalBruno says:

    I like to respectfully disagree with demo around 6:50, where u break out the floating tenon. With a decent glue, where the glue is harder than the softwood anyway, u won't be able to break it out, I BET that overall joint would hold up fine when glued to together. Maybe not as strong as with a thicker wall, but more than sufficient for those joints in everyday usage.

  33. Barry Manilowa says:

    LOL! Mathias will not allow Festooll to sell him a fancy fancy Domino

  34. DenmarkRadar says:

    Another advantage of floating tenonts (spelling?) is that you get more usable length from the pieces of maple wood, since you are not grinding 2-3 inches of it away to form the tenont (again – spelling?). So using this technique you get a slightly wider frame for your workbench.

    Oh, and thanks for all the videos. Watching you work with wood is strangely soothing. Keep up the good work.

  35. MrCharliePC says:

    Hi Mattias. Congratulations for your work and your videos
    What glue do you use?
    Is homemade glue?
    Friends of France.

  36. Pivo Prase says:

    I just love this guy =)

  37. cemx86 says:

    Matthias – I think I may have mentioned this before for this vid, but the mind fails. So here goes. Add a metal top to the table so all the welding splatters don't ruin your nice table top. Best, but expensive is 1/4" steel sheet. My cheap trick is using a sheet of HVAC duct work tin from the big box DIY store. It doesn't rust and conducts. Great for bird feeder covers too.

  38. Christopher Castano says:

    where do you get your lumber/wood?

  39. Captain_Coleton says:

    Matthias i like how you have the faster video and still have sound, what video editing software do you use?

  40. plunder1956 says:

    I was wondering what side of the process takes longer. Working out how to do the woodwork; or planning how to shoot parts of the work, to tell the story? Editing is always the time you learn most about how to improve the process next time.

    Its probably a bit like songwriting. To start with – music and lyrics are really separate tasks, that gradually drive each other along in steps. Until you end up doing both at the same time, in real time. Effectively you stop thinking about it. I discovered that improvisation delivers natural results, which a planned approach never would. When you record it as a group later, you refine your writing process along with the song.

    Perhaps all creative processes share this growth pattern.

  41. Eric Holmes says:

    Love this box joint jig. I'm going to seek out the video for how you made that. Thanks for these great videos!

  42. LP&S Woodworking says:

    62 thumbs down at the time of this entry @&+#&@ What could these people possibly be looking for??? This is a very good video that explains the rationale for the techniques used with follow up content that can be applied to numerous applications! Thank you Matthias.

  43. Armando Blanco says:

    Wow !!! Amazing jigs. Great work man keep it up.

  44. Brian Marcum says:

    your amazing😀 it takes a smart person to build the mortis machine you made.

  45. gmc07joe says:

    the table looks pretty skookum, nice work as always.

  46. Antoun Chahoud says:

    I have the same handwriting as you….

  47. graham wellington says:

    why would you take out a nice piece like that? Bit of a shame no? Nicer than most of my furniture and you take it out in the snow with all the grublies. Oh the humanity…

  48. 38 knobs says:

    I want to see your take on wood casters. you create wood pulleys, but you buy casters, I don't get it.

  49. Emerson Peters says:

    5:30 – Me.

  50. Stacey Barns says:

    Would it be a good idea to use dowels instead of finger joints?

  51. Philippe Grant says:

    For such precise joinery, do you use your 2×4's straight from the store or do you plane them first?

  52. Michael Stoddard says:

    If at first you don't succeed… try a bigger hammer.

  53. Pascal Surprenant says:

    awesome I think your genius with all the self made tools and jigs those are awesome to watch

  54. Jason Wou says:

    OMG… I would have just cut them up on a miter saw, and put dozens of screws and call it done….
    What a workmanship.

  55. Entropy wins says:

    To a rookie like me this is like scifi…

  56. LIZ CANTU says:

    Fmiy mamon tu diseño.

  57. rogertopful says:

    I don't know how much you have actually used it but I don't think it will last very long as a metal working bench. Wood and high heat don't tend to go together like that. If you were to replace the top with a half inch steel plate or something thicker it would be better.

  58. Dominic Forrer says:

    I live for watching Matthias jump on his workpieces.

  59. Allbbrz says:

    Entertaining as always. The worst part was to open doors and realize all was a blanked out with snow and not use the new bench…

  60. Matt says:

    How do you not light a wood bench on fire when metal cutting lol

  61. Joshua Marquez says:

    Mr. Wandell, words cannot describe the detail and time that go into your work, this is wood working at its best and finest quality. If you ever decide to give lessons or pass down your trait to others, sign me up, i mean that.

    Joshua marquez

  62. WhiteVanMan says:

    A good video but I feel that the layout and setting up of cuts on the machinery would take more time then shown on the video and it would be interesting to see more detail on this. I think this is the harder part of woodworking, sometimes once you have laid out and set up making the cuts is the easy part.

  63. AZERTY says:

    Tu es trop fort Matthias !! 🙂

  64. FAZ TUDO NA KASA says:


  65. ncktbs says:

    have you ever made a dead-blow hammer id love to see you take on the project i imagine a dead-blow mallet would bee a really challenging project

  66. MAGA MAN says:

    The sped up hammering in these videos gives me Benny Hill flashbacks.

  67. TheTransforcer says:

    "Persuader"! 😂that's exactly what I call my 18" framing hammer! That was fun to see be built, incredibly sturdy and I love it.

  68. Shawn Brown says:

    Well built!



  70. Uncommon Thread says:

    Incredible workmanship I'm speechless you inspire me truley

  71. samlol23 says:

    so much easier watching someone else do this……. (and I don't need to shower either).
    You are a brilliant craftsman.
    I enjoy every one of your videos

  72. Darryl BEAN says:

    What you couldn't find any bigger ones?


  73. matt schoon says:

    Sorta dangerous ehh 2 saw blades

  74. Joseph Payne says:

    Wow. you are very skilled. Did you make all the tools like the mortise etc?

  75. Joe Framer says:

    I’m a custom Framer, so I can appreciate your skill level and ingenuity…..nice job

  76. silentassultsquad says:

    Question: I believe I've heard you say in some other videos that wood glue will usually be stronger than the wood itself a lot of times, that being the case if you have a piece smaller piece of wood like around 6:48 and are left with less wood than if you made a mortise cutting away the wood, am I correct if I say that even if the wood glue is stronger in a floating tenon and mortise example that it wouldn't do any good since you hog away most of the original board material? Sorry if this is confusing, couldn't think of how to word it properly.

  77. Tom Tom says:

    What a great piece of carpentry, thanks

  78. Matthew Ross says:

    A festool clamp 0:18!

  79. Fayze Mourie says:

    super joint

  80. Richard Patterson says:

    Please don't ever stop showing your screw ups, and the fixes. Thank you

  81. TeeKay Pew says:

    I just love the way you over engineer the living hell out of even the simplest things like this. Not even like it’s a bad thing. If there is ever an earthquake, tornado, nuclear disaster, then you can always use a piece of your furniture as a temporary bunker. Keep at it my friend.

  82. Tripwire Slingshots says:

    You should do I video on how much money you saved by making your own tools, jigs etc…

  83. plunder1956 says:

    Is there any real difference between floating tennens and dominos?

  84. Pedro Araújo Marcenaria says:

    Thank you for showing us this wonderful work.

  85. Brian Mullaney says:

    Hi Matthias, I'm trying to copy your box joint work bench frame design. I glued up a test box and I'm having trouble getting it perfectly square. It's close but not quite square. How were you able to get such square front and back frames with imperfect 2×4?

  86. จงกล ศรีสว่าง says:






  87. Robsb1234 says:

    I find it interesting that you measure in centimeters, but you are working with 2×4 lumber. I believe that you are in Canada. Are imperial units common with building materials in Canada?

  88. LowJack187 says:

    Lets see how long it takes him to plasma cut through it.

  89. Харин Вячеслав says:

    если бещё с переводом…

  90. Toni Williams says:

    OMG, you are a BEAST!!! I lose chunks of time just watching your amazing creations
    Thank you.

  91. VICTOR TENORIO says:

    You are amazing man! love to watch your creative videos! keep them coming!

  92. Research and Build says:

    That slot mortiser is so cool. But I'm impressed it seems so quiet! Usually routers are loud as heck

  93. Alexander Wolf says:

    5:30 A4 or a

  94. قناة أبو ياسر للتقنية says:

    could anyone please tell me the kind of wood he is working with? is it plywood?

  95. Nader Fawzy says:

    Good job Mat. , But why wood for metal working bench ?

  96. OhMyMy says:

    1:00 I usually put 3 1/2 saw blades

  97. Julian Tapia says:


  98. Bob says:

    Amazing work piece. You remind me of a mad scientist creating all those devices to do what a screw can achieve. But in the end, it's functional, strong and beautiful. Watching the video, I kept shaking my head…(what????????) Good job !!!

  99. Eric Perkins says:

    I don't think that wood is spruce. Looks like hemlock.

  100. Ian Vicedomini says:

    The joinery I find so intricate and so satisfying as well as strong. Great video mate

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