I have finally gotten around to making a real workbench for my new, and smaller, shop (see my previous entry). I am in the planning phase right now. I’ve been pouring over plans, books, philosophy of workbench design. I guess it’s safe to say I may be over thinking this. But the design is half the fun. So, I’ve put together a journal that you can download and look at. It has pictures and explanations of some of the design considerations I’m mulling over.
I am designing the bench to be somewhat versatile as well as aesthetically pleasing. I will be working on cabinetry and some furniture, but also doing some carving and small box types of projects. I’m a little bit stuck with the size of my shop. I will have to make the bench somewhat narrow and will work primarily at the end of the bench, since the other end will be up against a wall. I’m looking to make it approximately 24” x 70” which will leave plenty of room to work on three sides while not overpowering my small space.
So far as aesthetics go, I am hoping to add some of the Arts and Crafts features that I like, such as Greene and Greene appointments as well as some Craftsmen style features.
I hope that you will share any ideas you may have to help me along. This is my first (and hopefully last) workbench, so I want to incorporate the best features for the work I’ll be doing.
-- Ron Ramsey, Rochester Hills,