There have been a number of questions in the last few months asking
for help building a workbench. I was wondering how many folks have a
Garden Way maple workbench. (The last time I saw the top of mine was
about nine years ago.) If I remember correctly, the bench was mail
order only, it cost a couple hundred dollars and came un-assembled.
It is still rock solid after almost thirty years and four moves. The
whole bench is made from hard maple, about 30" x 60" overall and
stands about 35" tall.
Two woodworking vises, 18" wide. Steel vise screws with hard maple
laminated wood jaw faces.The hard maple faces rotate 180 degrees. In
one position the top of the face is level with the top of the bench.
Rotated 180 degrees, the top is about 3/4" above the bench to aid
clamping flat stock. Dogs are 3/4" steel pins fit in spaced holes
with removable maple blocks to work with the projecting vise face and
secure panels and wide stock.
A very simple design and exceptionally well built. It'll probably out
live me. You wouldn't go wrong building something similar.
I just wondered if anyone still has their Garden Way or can recall the
(When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded.)
| can anyone suggest a good set of plans for a woodworkers bench? I
| to build a 30x60 bench that is not too complicated. It will be my
| first, so take it easy with me!! thanks