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Posted on Best Work Bench Design for Hand Tools? Your thoughts.

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#1 posted 09-22-2012 12:43 AM

Chris I built my bench with the laminated top that you spoke of, I have four sheets of 3/4” OSB glued together inside of two sheets of 1” MDF..I then wrapped it all in cherry so that it would hold up to the abuse.
used condor tails to connect the ends. this has proved to be a very good top for me. I do mostly all of my work by hand and have not had any problems with my top in over two years of use. I would suggest both a tail vise and a leg vise for your bench. I find that the leg vise is very useful when planing wood and also when carving. you will note the dog sticking out of the front rail, this is so that I can stand a long board in the leg vise and the dog holds up the other end for planning. I have holes across the front for different lengths.
the base needs to be sturdy and sound. Hand work usually means lots of racking force against the bench so build accordingly. My bench is 66” long and 20” wide, as my shop is not very big, but have not found this to be a problem at all. I have produced some large pieces on my small bench.. will include a couple pics so you have an idea of what I am using.. best of luck with your build. If you build it right, you may never need another one… Papa

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