fish cleaning station

HI guys.

looking to create a bit of a makeshift cleaning/filleting station at home as the missus keeps hammering me everytime i mess up the outdoor bbq/bench top :)

nothing fancy, looking for a stainless steel table with sink, and hose attachmemnt.

just wondering if anyone has any tips.....would it be worth attaching a drain to let the water go into the soakwell? necessary to concrete the floor?

keen to hear how you guys process your bigger catches.... limited backyard so will be in small side area at front of house, no lawn/grass to soak up the wsater, just rocks overlying dirt.

any tips on wher ei can pick up a decent table?


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Make one!

Fri, 2018-12-28 18:48

Hey Goat, make one. Get hold of an old kitchen sink, I got a double bowl job with drainer on each side. I bought a couple of galvanised brackets from Bunnings and bolted to the wall, sink sits nicely on top of them solid as a rock. I got mine plumbed in, but you can easily set up a tap with a hose pipe connection. Make sure you plumb the drain to the sewarage correctly (or get a plumber to do it) - DO NOT USE A SOAK WELL! Any guts/scales/waste that goes down the drain will attract flies & stink pretty bad! A;; up cost me around $35, plus the plumbing bit he was out doing some other work anyway so didn't charge me for that.

Good luck.



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Fri, 2018-12-28 20:25

I got a stone bench top out of a neighbors skip when they redid their kitchen. Caesar stone fillet table with splash back/ledge for knifes and an old laundry trough all sitting on treated pine offcuts from same skip. Just bought the nails, tech screws and a bit of silicone. Flashest fillet table I have used and works really well.

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 I'm not a fan of anything

Fri, 2018-12-28 22:07

 I'm not a fan of anything that aint flat which is why i didnt go a sink type, Also as good as stainless is to keep clean i reckon its too slippery, mine is built out of marine ply.....


I've cut a hole in it where the lovely pink porcelain salvage shop sink is bolted up underneath...


No plumbing i just keep a bucket underneath for the gutz....


Lemon tree growning on the west side to provide shade and wallah.....


Oh and one last hot tip, build it high, you wont get sore arms on a high bench but you will get a sore back from a standard height bench if your bent over it long enough.....

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Obvious solution

Fri, 2018-12-28 23:00

Get rid of the missus (but probably not the cheapest option).


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Hey sea goat

Sat, 2018-12-29 02:05

If you like, send me a pm tomorrow with your number, as I was tossing up whether to ditch my old one or not. You can have it if you like, or a 6 pack of beer would be appreciated. It’s got the following


steel frame at good working height, and level adjustment feet 

double stainless sink on top with plumbed drains to a single outlet (got the s bends etc.)

hose connector at rear to connect to garden hose. Also under sink Flexi stainless hoses to connect up tap and hot water system.

Overhead led strip light, within a piece of galvanised house guttering (which is height adjustable) and you can vary colour and brightness via a remote control

it even has an under sink 240v mains powered hot water system underneath.

both the hot water system and led overhead light connect to a basic 240v extension cord

i also have a wooden custom insert for cutting on and cleaning fish.


I spent ages building this thing to  ensure it had all the bells and whistles. It is all only the size of a double sink, by about 1.2m high. Only reason I am looking to get rid of is I am going to build an outdoor kitchen with a more permanent and even more flash setup than what I already have. If you want it and it will go to a good home, send me your number. I am located in Bennett springs.






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 sounds like you put a lot of

Sat, 2018-12-29 09:04

 sounds like you put a lot of work into it . be nuts not to take up that offer. if he doesnt i will 


RUSS and SANDY. A family that fishes together stays together

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Looks like it’s gone gents

Sat, 2018-12-29 10:26

Another forum member sent me a pm this morning and is collecting today 




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Another stainless bench

Sat, 2018-12-29 11:54

dont know how to post a photo, but I have a big stainless  bench ready for a new home as well.


i had all intentions of setting it up as a cleaning station but have changed plans. All I did was cut a single sink, double strainers into it.


can send a photo to anyone interested but it’s about 1.5 metres wide x 60cm deep. And good height.




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 I just made one for the

Sat, 2018-12-29 17:42

 I just made one for the father in law for Christmas has a grannet be changed top line legs old kitchen sink and taps that connects up to the garden hose and a wooden shelf to put buckets under it all came up pretty solid I can pm you pics if you like should last year's to come

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Buckets under are the go, if it's expensive to plumb

Mon, 2018-12-31 04:13

 I have an old double sink, one end fixed to the shed, other supported on a pine post, in a shady area. I put either the coarse flowcoated ply top on it, or, more lately the ceasar stone off cut I scored, timbers underneath to stop it moving. Drains off the end into the sinks and buckets. Also made an extension with black poly to clip are short garden hose into, as the tap is some distance away, other side of a fence. Just plug the hose into the extension.

Very slippery surfaces can be a PITA to skin on. Something which retains a bit of grip when wet, but  is easy to clean , is the aim for a surface. I used marine ply for a long time, but it gets really manky, even with good scrubbing. So I glassed a bit of ply, then flocoated, using a roller to keep lifting the surface as it went tacky, so the resultant finish is non-slip, but easy to clean.

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thanks guys. some awesome

Mon, 2018-12-31 17:07

thanks guys. some awesome tips, and very generous offers! unfortunately was away for the weekend so just saw the posts.

definitely got a few ideas now!


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I use fold away

Mon, 2018-12-31 17:13

Plastic one from Bunnings. Has sink if required. Best thing I have ever used. Light ,strong and mobile

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I use one of those Bunnings ones

Tue, 2019-01-01 05:06

 When we are camping. The type that fold in half, with extending legs. Branded "Lifetime" ?  I've used it for 3 years now, will do a lot more. I took the precaustion of spraying all the steel parts with lanogard, as I knew it would be washed down in salt water, and left on the beach. Still as good as gold.

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Tue, 2019-01-01 06:32

There the ones.

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 I thought youd have an

Tue, 2019-01-01 07:01

 I thought youd have an ironing board stashed in the corner at Winderbandi Ralph


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Nah, been there,

Tue, 2019-01-01 11:52

 Done that.   found they are too narrow across the legs, tended to topple and spill the beer as well as dump mackerel fillets int the sand. We actually did make a big wooden one years ago, used to cart it up and back, weighed a ton. Hammered 4 star pickets into the sand and dropped it on top, IIRC. Even made up a FAD, one year, about a dozen 8" floats woven into  a pattern 2 metres tied with potrope, covered in shade cloth.Anchored it just out off the corner, never saw much from it. Probably down to the fact it needed to be further out, could've been dynamite. 

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plastic coleman camp table

Wed, 2019-01-02 15:44

plastic coleman camp table has helped me deal with  many a dhu