Lee Valley just came out with a new worksurface product under their Veritas brand. Although they are just calling these new products worksurfaces, it looks to me like they would be perfect as portable workbenches too.
Each Veritas worksurface features a grid of 3/4″ dog holes, and a perimeter of T-track channels. You get T-track slots not only on the tops, but also the sides, which gives you additional options for stopping and clamping your work.
Each Veritas worksurface is made from Baltic birch plywood, and measures 1-1/2″ thick. There are 1″ tall rubber feet at each corner, giving bench dog and other dog hole accessories up to 2-1/2″ of clearance. Veritas says that their accessories which have posts under 2-3/8″ long could be used without issue.
If you need greater clearance or more stability than the rubber feet could provide, Veritas also offers 3-1/2″ tall risers. With these optional risers, you can use bench dogs and other dog hole accessories with posts up to 4-7/8″ long.
Veritas Worksurface Sizes
- Small: 15.5″ x 12″ ($69, risers $23.50)
- Medium: 22.5″ x 15.5″ ($89, risers $31.50)
- Large: 29.5″ x 19″ ($109, risers $38.50)
The risers are optional, and not included with the worksurfaces. None of the clamps shown in the top image are included either.
While it seems that just a plywood base with dog holes would be enough, the T-tracks are a very nice touch. Not only that, Veritas equipped them with plastic corner caps that serve two purposes. First, they prevent sharp edges that can catch clothes, scratch your work, or nip your skin.
Second, they have keyholes that allow you to insert and remove bolts and other T-track hardware. T-track hardware is typically inserted from the side of an open track, but with these special corner pieces, there is no opening.
The Veritas worksurfaces are risers are made in Canada.
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These Veritas dog hole and T-track worksurfaces are certainly something you could make yourself, if you have the proper tools and patience.
Add a side handle and cover, and possibly a way to secure a pair or risers flat against the bottom of the worksurface, and you’ve got a nice portable tabletop workbench.