Introduction

13 July 2018

I have never owned a workbench.

Or a vise, for that matter. I have always "made due" with whatever I had on hand.

In the past, I have used saw-horses with a donated thick, rectangular oak table top for my workbench. What a wobbly mess that was. I have also used an old metal table with the same oak table top as a bench. This was a huge improvement over the saw-horse contraption, but still, it was not a real workbench. I still own the oak table top and the metal table both of which, will be re-cycled when the workbench project is finalized.

One of the reasons that I have put off making a real workbench was because I could not decide on the design or what vises I would actually need to do the type of work that I do. What that last statement means is that I may construct anything from an armoire, to sliding salt-cedar doors, to a Santa Fe style designer gate, to a large carved planter, to jewelry boxes, to restoration projects, to wooden spoons, to knock boxes, to ... the list goes on.

Another reason that I did not seriously pursue the construction of a real workbench was that up until about four years ago we lived in Chicago. My workshop was in the basement of our 90 year old bungalow. The cramped space and very uneven floor were not the place for a real workbench I also knew we would be moving back to sunny New Mexico and a new workshop, so deciced to wait until then to get serious about this project.

So, how do you build a workbench that would make the construction of those projects easier? I have no idea. The fact-of-the-matter is that I have somehow managed to complete all of those projects without an actual workbench.

Another deterrent was determing the "correct" workbench height. What would be the best height for planing? And - for just general woodworking? Workbench height is important, but a "correct" workbench height is probably a myth that some of us use to keep from constructing a workbench. I speak from experience.

In truth, life sometimes just has a habit of getting in the way of doing those things that we think are important to our well being. A workbench falls nicely into this category. However, we are finally back in the Land of Enchantment and the time has finally arrived to begin constructing my much needed workbench. Life's other demands would just have to wait until I have conquered this project.

Workbench Design

I have "workbench" notes a foot deep that go back many years. However, I am proud to say that I've, amazingly enough, only had one "master drawing" of the workbench. So, okay, it's probably been erased a trillion times, but I haven't worn the paper out yet.

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This is the 24" x 36" isometric drawing paper I use. I purchased this drawing paper at Hartville Tool, but sadly, I believe they no longer offer this product.

I have several good books about the construction of workbenches, both historic and modern versions. I also came across the very nice Benchcrafted workbench. This workbench design became the foundation for my workbench design.

Requirements for my workbench are these:

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Workbench progress as of 12 OCT 2018.

As of now, this has been quite a journey.

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This image shows the rig on the band saw.

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This image shows the rig on the band saw.

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This image shows the rig on the band saw.

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This image shows the rig on the band saw.

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This image shows the rig on the band saw.

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This image shows the rig on the band saw.

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This image shows the rig on the band saw.

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This image shows the rig on the band saw.

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