BASIC WORKBENCH DESIGN
This entry outlines my basic workbench design concept. It contains ideas from 3 different traditional style benches; Roubo, English, and Holzapfel inspirations. It is made from inexpensive Southern Yellow Pine and Douglas Fir with some hardwood accents (vice chop for example).
The overall dimensions are 6 feet long, 33 inches high, and just over 2 feet deep. The split top is designed to facilitate leveling the top after construction and provide an area for through clamping items to the top.
Lumber is all dimensional lumber, ripped and cut from 2×12 S4S stock with the exception of the legs and feet which are 4×4 Douglas fir.
All outside faces are co-planar, again to facilitate clamping items to the front, rear and sides if required.
Probable additions include bench dogs in the top and aprons/stretchers and maybe a sliding deadman, together with an adjustable planing stop at the left end.
Since this is my first major project, joinery is kept simple with stopped mortise and tennon joints and half-blind dovetails.
The base should be solid enough to withstand hand tool use and act as a clamping surface as required. The top will be fixed to the base through the bearers at either end with lag bolts in slightly elongated holes. The bearers are screwed and glued to the stretchers.
The top is made up of 3.5 inch thick SYP laminations ripped from 2×12 dimensional lumber stock and consists of two 12 inch wide panels.
This exploded view shows the construction method. Joints could be pegged if required.
I appreciate comments and suggestions.
-- Marty, Columbus, OH, learning every day....