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#1 posted 11-28-2018 03:30 AM

I was in your spot last year. My shop is a 3 car garage about 600 square feet. Needed a bench, outfeed and assembly table all in one. In the end a loosely copied a bench from my local woodworking school.
It is solid as a rock.
Best features and design are a bit tough to say. I’ll share with you what I did, but this is what I figured out would work well for me.
I have a couple of live edge slabs stored next to the bench at the moment so seeing under it is hard.
But on the one end you can see I built my clamp rack on one side, and I keep my shop vac next to that. I have enough hose for the shop vac that it never has to move from that spot. The clamp rack has worked well in this location. Its been a year, and so far I have not had a clamp stick out far enough to hit my shins on one.
the other end is still open. Letting that side develop as time goes. I do have a couple of totes full of rags under there, but I do not plan on leaving it that way. I think my spindle sander, and bench top mortiser will end up under the bench. But not set on that yet either.
I set the bench about 30” away from the table saw, and have a roller stand between the too. This gives me full access to all for sides of the bench. perfect for assembly of larger work. The far side is a little bit of a tight fit with the belt sander and normally drill press stored there, but everything but the bench is on wheels. So when needed I can make room to work all four sides of the bench.

Here you can see the clamp rack. About as simple as can be. 1-1/2” angle iron box.
Front edge is up, while the back is turned angle down. Just enough angle the they slide right in to there spot.

So I am more of a power tool woodworker, and I looked at literally every vise you can buy or build. But in the end I went with this Lee Valley steel bench vise.,41659
I had been set on using a Veritas twin screw vise and a tail vise. But decided I really did not need it, and was having trouble justifying the price tag.
I also use a couple of these old Jorgensen/pony clamps.

The bench is 5’X5’ square and matches my table saw height.
The top is 2 sheets of 5’X5’X3/4” baltic birch ply wood.
The legs a 4/4 poplar that I had left over from another project.
And the apron, stretchers and all supports are 1” thick ply wood.

I spent a couple of years thinking about shop lay out (moving things around every few months) and my needs before I built this bench. Some of the tools still move around from time to time, but the table saw and work bench have found there home.
Hope this helps, good luck.

-- John

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