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Having an "indoor" work bench would be nice. Perhaps a fold or stow away surface that is sturdy and could support a small vise. Strong enough and well enough supported to "pound on". I'm working on it. Anybody have such a luxury on a small boat? All examples and suggestions will be welcome.

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How about a folding metal saw horse?

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The material isn't a problem. In one of my past lives I built boats and still have an inventory of "high graded" lumber that makes me smile when I visit it. I have that part covered. A couple of layers of marine plywood or a piece of white oak for the work surface perhaps? It is the location and design I am searching for help with. I expect it to be heavy. It needs to be. It doesn't need to be huge. Having a place to clamp something that needs attention without damaging the settee or the galley counter would be nice. It should be robust enough to mount a small vise on.

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Seems to me.. build a boat to fit around the shop would be the dream!
Oh..guess that would become a barge, not a sailboat lol
Philadelphia seaport museum had a workshop on a barge before the new building was built quite a long time ago.

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planning on making one for my forepeak in my formosa. i only practical. and can mebbe used as a spare crew berth, for tiny leprechaunlike souls.....


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+1 on the workmate.

I screwed a two by scrap onto a 3/4" plywood cutoff that's maybe 24x30 inches or so. I clamp it into the workmate if I need a larger surface. I have an old, small bench vise bolted onto another smaller scrap of plywood that clamps into the workmate.

It doesn't quite measure up to my shop at home but it's gotten me through a lot of boat projects.

It all lives in the cockpit under the boat cover during the winter.

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Not indoor but I have fashioned a fender board (2 x 8"by approx. 6-7') to fit snug between port and starboard jib sheet winches in cockpit by cutting ends of board to shape of winch bases...doesn't take much to lock in as I don't want ends to catch on anything while fender board is deployed. Vice fits good, have some holes already so some tools have built in holders. Not much room on 30 fter so have to make due.
Also good under cover in winter.
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