Actually, I live in a fishing village and can attest that a good many
commercial fishermen built their own boats in the days of wood vessels.
Even today, some buy a fiberglas hull and "finish the boat off". This way
they save a ton of money and they have complete control over the quality of
oystermen and fishermen do just that. Out of plywood.
Saw an article not too long ago in which a landlord was complaining of
an ex tenant stealing the floor out of the mobile home he was renting
from her, he needed a new boat.
Totally agree. Build it!
I built the Shopnotes bench, and it was one of the most satisfying things I
ever did. I use it almost very time I go into the shop. I also learned
quite a bit doing it.
It is the center of my shop.
If you don't need a bench to build one, why do you need one?
Just kididng. However, it is not necessary for a woodworker to build
his own bench, make his own planes and chisels etc.. There are some
things that can be bought so that you can get on with the things you
do want to spend time on.
That said, if you feel like building one for the joy of it ...go for
it. I inherited mine, 9' by 2'6", from a neighbour when moving: solid
maple, even the drawer handles, with a ton of drawer space, so that's
even better. Now I build stuff for the kids mostly.
Thanks to all who have replied saying I should build a bench, not buy one. I've
seriously considered this, and the bottom line is that my workshop time (which I
don't get enough of!) is for making musical instruments, and I don't want the
diversion of making a bench.
If anyone has a Diefenbach bench and is willing to venture an opinion on
quality, durability, etc, I'd be pleased to hear from them. Likewise, if anyone
has another make of quality bench, I'd like to hear their opinions on that too.
It might be too big for your intended use. I've seen Luthiers with a
small pile of plywood pieces just large enough to clamp up a guitar and
a fixture that allows easy repositioning of the workpiece.
This allows them to have several projects in progress at once but not
requiring them to reclamp each one.
There's a chapter in The Workbench Book that has similar ideas.
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