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OleGrump

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#1 posted 07-13-2017 12:50 PM

A different workbench is on my list of pending projects, too. Some time ago, I was fortunate enough to score four eight-foot 2X6 boards from where I work. (A contractor was required to use them under a dumpster, so he put four brand new boards down, then left them once the dumpster was pulled…They fit very nicely in my truck bed!) Anyway, the plans is to use them for the top, which would make it 22 inches wide, which is plenty for a work bench. One thing I know I personally DON’T want in the top is a “tool tray”. A previous bench had one, and I filled it in with solid lumber within a year. (Kept filling up with sawdust and shavings) But that’s my personal choice.
Height is somewhat determined by the type of work you will be doing on the bench. You will want it a little lower for mostly hand tool use than you would for using mostly power tools. Most folks say to have the bench top at about the height of where your knuckles are from the floor for hand tool use. This allows comfortable positioning for planning, chiseling, sawing, etc.
I’m still considering some design options for the base, so the build can’t proceed until final decisions are made. In addition to the videos mentioned, try to check out the excellent reference source “The Workbench Book”. Yes, that’s REALLY the title! It’s full of great information.

-- OleGrump


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