My First WorkBench Build #11: Things I would change next go round....

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Blog entry by BerBer5985 posted 11-05-2012 05:45 PM 6633 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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After working on my workbench for a little while now, I’ve decided that there are things I would change for my type of work. #1 thing is the height. i went with the 34” based on Christopher Schwartz recommendation and I find myself bending over way too much even in hand tool working and planing. I personally think for my 6’ height, a 38” bench would have suited me better. I’m going to revise my current bench by adding flip type blocks to the bottom to bring it higher up. I just find that a higher workbench would have been more beneficial, similar to Paul Seller’s bench.

#2: I would have made it wider with possibly a tool well. I find that 20” in quite narrow and 24” might be ideal.

#3: The twin screw vise that i had in there originally, I changed out to a quick release cast iron vise which I’m glad I did. I prefer to work on that much better. But my ideal setup I think would be a wide twin screw that utilitizes 1 handle, like the veritas system. I like my cast iron vise a lot, but I’m thinking for wider panels, it’s might suck, but nothing a pipe clamp can’t fix.

#4: The last thing I would change would be to add a covered tool storage on the bottom. Right now it’s just plywood and I set most of most used tools on that rack, but the tools get covered with dust right now.

#5: lastly, I would change the end vise to a wagon vise. Better for planing wider boards because it allows to whole board to set on the bench while working as opposed to the cast iron vise I have no which leaves part of the board hanging off which can cause it bend while planing slightly.

With all that being said, I think a new bench might be a good winter project right after Christmas incorporating these changes.

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#1 posted 11-06-2012 04:12 AM

If you have the room, you could keep that bench as a planing bench. Jim Tolpin is about the same size, and has a dedicated joinery bench at that height, with a twin screw vise.

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