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Winny94

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07-27-2021 09:08 PM

Im in the middle of laminating a top for a new bench, but of all the reading ive done, there doesnt seem to be a consensus on length (at least not as much as depth and height).
So for the hobbyists here, what length did you end up with on your bench?

Id say my use is very “average/typical” – picture frames, boxes, small desks/tables, rarely but sometimes cabinets, etc. Hand tools (primarily planes) and power tools. Nothing I would consider as a “special consideration:.
6’ too short? Go for 7’?

Any tips, opinions, experiences, regrets, etc, lemme know.

thanks


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controlfreak

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#1 posted 07-27-2021 09:23 PM

I think mine ended up being 6’ 3” long and I made the top even with my SS Jobsite saw for outfeed reasons. I am mostly hand tool and enjoy the height.

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#2 posted 07-27-2021 09:26 PM

I would say bench size depends on the type of work you will be doing and the amount of space you have available. When I built my 1200 SF workshop 20 years ago, I built it in a continuous length along 3 walls totaling about 16 ft. This was a big mistake as it became a place for things to pile up. I then built a smaller 6 ft bench, accessible from 3 sides. This has been the only bench I now use. It tends to be too short at times when I am working on a big project; but when I’m working on small hobby type projects, it is the tight size. The 16 ft bench is totally useless to me, but it serves as a “junk” storage area. I think an ideal bench would be 8’ x 6’, accessible from all sides. For a smaller space, an 8’ x 3’ bench would be good, but as I said, size depends on the size of the project you will be working on. My bench is not a woodworkers bench (built in end vises), but a “utility” bench adaptable to different projects from wood to metal working to electrical, etc.

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therealSteveN

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#3 posted 07-27-2021 09:29 PM

I base it on what I make, or am currently making/doing.

My current longest is 8’, but I use it as an outfeed for my TS, storage underneath, a clamping top, and I’m considering mounting a drill press on the end, so only the first few feet work as anything like a bench.

My Workbench is only about 4’ long now. In the past when I did more casework it was longer, out to 10’ one bench was. From your list of things you’ll make 6’ would be plenty long enough, you could possibly do fine with 4’

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Lenny

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#4 posted 07-27-2021 09:32 PM

Five feet.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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pottz

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#5 posted 07-27-2021 09:33 PM

my main bebch for assembly or whatever is about 4’x7’ but thats because of space limitations.id love one thats about 4’x10’ if i could.mine is a torsion box with a hard board top.you can check it out in my projects if interested.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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SMP

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#6 posted 07-27-2021 10:00 PM

i built the English bench from Richard Maguire’s plans. His prototype was 12’ long but he says most people are fine with 6’ or so. i had to make mine about 5’ due to garage space. that is an upgrade from my craftsman work table thingy that had a 2’x4’ mdf top coated with galvanized sheet. when i needed to assemble bigger i clamped a 4×8 sheet of mdf to the top. i can’t see needing any longer than 8’ for building furniture that would actually fit in a house. maybe if I was building boats or something i would need longer, but for the majority of furniture i build, 6’ would be plenty long enough.

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CWWoodworking

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#7 posted 07-27-2021 11:07 PM

I have 3 that are 8’. Next one is going to be 10.5’. I do this full time, but I like big benches. Wouldn’t go smaller than 8’ even if I was a hobbyist.

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Barkley

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#8 posted 07-28-2021 12:16 AM

Just finished the top for my split top. It’s 6’. Next it the tool tray. I made the split top with slots for sticking tools up right when working. My last bench had a couple of holes that I was always sticking chisels, screw drivers, etc in to have them handy to grab. That and the tool tray should be nice.

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#9 posted 07-28-2021 12:33 AM

I recommend you make it as big as you can. Or fit the space you have.
It’s irrelevant how others bench’s panned out.

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JCamp

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#10 posted 07-28-2021 12:42 AM

Mine is 10ft. I’d take a 20ft one if I could. 7 might sound good but when you start setting tools and lumber on it it will clutter fast and you’ll wish for a bigger bench

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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sras

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#11 posted 07-28-2021 12:51 AM

I have a 3’x8’ bench. I would rather have a 2.5’x6’ one. If I had a bigger bench I would just cover it with stuff and still have a 2’x6’ space to work with. My shop is full enough that I would prefer a little more maneuvering room…

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#12 posted 07-28-2021 01:03 AM

Mine is a “French bench” and the working area of the bench is 52” long and 12” wide. The footprint size is 52” long, 26” wide (There’s a tool tray on the back that makes up the difference between the two)

It worked great when I had smaller spare room workshops in the house, but now that I have a freestanding shop, I’m thinking I’ll make a similar style bench, but around 6’ long, and 18” wide working surface.

For my workbench, it’s more or less entirely handtool work. I have other mobile benches that are just flat surfaces that I use power tools at

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#13 posted 07-28-2021 01:12 AM



Mine is 10ft. I’d take a 20ft one if I could. 7 might sound good but when you start setting tools and lumber on it it will clutter fast and you’ll wish for a bigger bench

- JCamp


amen!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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WoodenDreams

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#14 posted 07-28-2021 01:20 AM

My main bench in the middle of the room is 4’x4’. The ones along the wall were made in lengths to where it was along the wall and what’s going on it. We all have personal preferences, depending on what project we want to work on.

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pottz

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#15 posted 07-28-2021 01:23 AM

whatever size you think you need go as big as you have room.never heard anyone here say,damn my workbench is too big!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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