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Posted on 2 workbench polls in 1 : including veritas .vs. hovarter

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#1 posted 09-18-2020 05:42 AM

This bench will be for Hand tool work. Likely boxes, smaller sized cabinets, tables, benches.

Power tools will be used in other spaces.

- metolius

Heres my take on it. As for 12 and 12 or 15 and 9 don’t worry about the planer as you can hand plane it flat, since you mentioned hand tools. However, i would then say it depends on if its free floating where you can work on either side? I did a lot of research before building mine and somebody I forget who said they only used about the first 8 inches of their bench. I also find this tru as in reality most boards I work with are 2-4” wide, sometimes 6” and very seldom wider. As I made a plank top traditional english bench, i made the planks 8”, used the front plank the full 8”, then cut off 3/4” off the other 2 to allow for a 1 1/2” removable section that can act as a stop or tool holder or split to allow for clamping. As my bench is against the wall I like the 8” plank, then the gap, as its much easier to clamp to, if it was 12 or 15” then it would be more reaching over awkwardly to clamp. So I would say if yours will be in the middle of the shop, and you can work from both sides, make it 15:9 and you may find you prefer the 9” side to work from.

For vise I would personally get the Veritas twin screw.

My bench looking sown from front:


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