On Monday, November 13, 2017 at 2:37:42 PM UTC-6, Michael wrote:
d to me to build it as part of the top, but I thought I would check with th
her block for the inside (5' X 3') and glue (and maybe bolt) the three part
s together. I don't see the point of all the screws, but maybe I'm missing
Its a nice table with a shelf down below. But its not a woodworking workbe
nch. Woodworking workbenches have vises on them to hold the wood so you ca
n work with the wood. If you put a Record vise on one corner and a Veritas
twin screw vise on the end, then you would have a good workbench.
I need a small workbench in my basement where I can do hand tool stuff in
What do you think about the leg design on this bench? It looks pretty good
to me to build it as part of the top, but I thought I would check with the
I think I'll make the two side A-Frames with 2X4s, and then make the butcher
block for the inside (5' X 3') and glue (and maybe bolt) the three parts
together. I don't see the point of all the screws, but maybe I'm missing
Can't believe this is still on Bernie Hunts web site but it is:
This is one I made from a design in FWW magazine. Mine is still in use in
my shop and has withstood the test of time an abuse. I added a Lee Valley
It's simple to make but solid as you'll ever need.
Dead links ?
You are correct. Well they have been there for a number of years and Bernie
has certainly made changes. I emailed him.
I only checked that the page was still active before posting but did not
click on the links...sorry.
I think the whole bench is rather dumb. I guess if you planned on
parking a house, large elephant or full cement truck on the top, it
would be OK, but basically, it's WAY over built for a wood shop, and
really over built for an assembly table.
Right off, I think a top made of construction grade 2x6's, edge glued is
more than enough. I have no clue why anyone other than an elephant
mechanic would need a 2x6 face glued top? Don't forget space for a wood
vice or two. Might be a good idea to get the vice first, and build the
top to suit the vice.
Second, I don't like benches with open middles. Much better to fill it
with drawers which give you a place to store stuff, other than on the
top. You know, a place for everything and everything in it's place.
Simple 2x4 construction is more than any wood shop should need.
The very first thing I built when I built my shop was the work bench. I
made the top from 2x4's ripped into 2x2's because I wanted a butcher
block look. I never did that again, I would now simply use 2x6's edge
glued. I figured the top could easily be replaced if it got too banged
up, being cheap fir and all that. I never replaced or even
refinished it. It has almost 50 years of heavy use and abuse, and I
wouldn't replace it for anything, it's my shop history and sentimental
to me. It does look better as Butcher block, but that's not needed and
the way I did it was a LOT of work.
I built all the drawers and made them too small for the case, thinking I
didn't want them to swell and jam, because that's what happened to an
old bench my Dad had. Damn drawers would stick in the summer. I learned
now how to better fit drawers. These have a little sloppy fit. I would
not have my main bench w/o drawers. All my tool benches have drawers
and or cabinets. Do it that way the first time if you are a wood
worker, you'll thank yourself later.
Here are a couple of pictures of my bench after about 40 some years of
abuse. I could build it a bit better now, but it is solid as the day I
made it, and it taught me a lot about case work.
I'll say this again, you need a place for everything, and everything
will get put away, and not get lost. Build drawers, drawers and more
drawers. Divide the drawers up so things have their own place in the
Oh, make the height the same as your TS top so wood can be supported,
always a good idea.
Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
On Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:23:12 PM UTC-6, Jack wrote:
I suppose it depends on what kind of woodworking you do. If you use the be
nch as a table to hold up wood you are cutting, gouging, sanding with a pow
er tool, then its strength isn't too important. A kitchen table with a vis
e bolted to it would be plenty. Sawhorses with a sheet of plywood on top w
ould be adequate too. I can imagine an edge glued top of 2x6s would be abo
ut like a trampoline if you tried to chop mortises in a table leg. The woo
d would bounce a foot into the air via your edge glued 2x6s. Whereas face
glued 2x6s would have the mass to absorb mortise chopping.
I hear this comment many times. My table saw top and workbench top are sev
eral inches different in height. They are also about 15 feet apart. Table
saw in one half of the basement and workbench in the other half. Both are
much too heavy to drag close to each other to allow the bench to serve as
an outfeed. I suppose people who have moveable and portable benches and sa
ws could make them the same height. Those of us with heavy, permanent, siz
able benches and table saw setups, don't concern ourselves with having them
the same height.
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