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.
-- Josh....in Nashville, TN