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#1 posted 07-23-2009 02:47 PM

Oh, man, the Workbench is just as critical as the plane.

I used to work on an old door on a 2×4 frame. It was a great outfeed and assembly table. I did great on it with my router.

But, for hand planing, I’d push that sucker all over the shop. Most of my energy was wasted in the racking and scooting of the bench.

There are plenty of workbench plans out there – you will find lots of the. Just remember – mass is your friend!

I would lay down the money (it’s not all that expensive) to build a good bench. Southern Yellow Pine construction lumber is a great choice for most – if not all – of the bench.

Here’s a shot of mine…

My work bench

-- Tom's Workbench -

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