I have not really been woodworking all that long. I have actually owned a sawmill longer than I have been making any finished wood projects, long story. I have debated making a proper bench for some time. My old/first bench was a row of kitchen cabinets I took out on a remodel I did as a contractor with a solid plank on top. Everyone has different needs, I tried to design mine to fit the work I do. If I need to I can easily make modifications, as is I am calling it “done for now”.
I started with 1”x3” white oak I laminated (glued/screwed/plugged) for 3” square base/legs.
I tied them together with a couple shelves. I wanted open shelves to not collect so much dust.
I picked out some 1/4 sawn hackberry 2” thick for the top.
Jointed it and put an ash skirt around it.
Then it was time to add some dog holes. I had some ideas for things that would help me. I like the idea of a bench hook…but it seemed like I would always be bumping into it. So I made one that was movable/removable. 2 actually, one goes in the dog holes on the vice. I made a little adjustable board jack to hold up the middle, seems to work pretty good and its a handy place to keep my extra dogs that I turned from osage.
A closer look at the movable/removable hooks.
I have some lighting issues in my little shop. I took a piece of 1X ash and just turned one end to fit in any dog hole. I can clamp a light (or 2) to the pole for task lighting.
It should work for me. $15 vice (new) from a guy I know, a double handful of screws, some glue and wood other people were going to burn (urban logger, all this wood was headed for the landfill)