The New Workbench Journey #1: The Journey Begins

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Blog entry by DrJosh posted 07-15-2010 03:32 AM 1354 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been woodworking now, off and on as a definite amateur, for about 4-5 years now. And in all that time, I have never really had a proper workbench. I purchased a “workbench” from a local store that I assembled and then found to be very wimpy and flimsy. I also purcahsed a set of brackets for a workbench kit from Home Depot that I built using 2×4’s and plywood. That bench is better, but it’s still not a proper woodworking bench. I have built a nice handful of projects using these benches and the old fashioned plywood on sawhorses. But now I want to get more serious about my woodworking hobby, and I guess there’s no better place to start than with a good, solid bench.

I have been researching woodworking bench types and reading all that I can find online and today I checked out Chris Schwarz’s and Scott Landis’s books on workbenches from the library. I’ve been watching every video I can find online pertaining to workbench design and construction. Now I just need to settle on a design, construction method, and materials. I’m thinking that something simple in design and construction but very solid will be the best course of action so I can grow my woodworking skills.

Hopefully I will get all this figured out very soon so I can purcahse the lumber and let it sit stickered in my garage shop to aclimate while my wife and I are on vacation, then construction can begin as soon as we return.

More to come….stay tuned.

-- Nashville, TN

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#1 posted 07-15-2010 04:01 AM

I did the same thing, read everything I could and watch video after video trying to figure out I wanted and needed. After about 6 months I finally decided to start. Now there is not enough time in the day to work on it as much as I like but I hope to get some time in the shop this weekend. Keep us posted and look forward to the pic’s. Good Luck

-- Marc

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#2 posted 07-15-2010 04:03 AM

Hi and welcome. I’m in a similar sort of spot and have been using a heavily reinforced student’s desk as a bench. I’ve been thinking for a while about how I want to build my “real bench” and have been reading up too. Some other sources you might want to look into are:

1. taunton press’s “the workbench book” – discusses some historic designs as well as more contemporary creations.
2. Schwarz’s blog at the popular woodworking website – about every other post relates to workbenches somehow
3. fine woodworking’s “new fangled workbench” – an innovative modern approach to working with both power and hand tools.

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