I’ve decided that I really need a workbench if I’m going to be doing any amount of ‘real’ woodworking. A board slapped on top of the tablesaw isn’t really cutting it, and I could really use a vise.
I’ll be following the ‘Getting Started in Woodworking’ workbench design loosely with many of my own modifications. Much of the design will come out of the components that I have selected for the bench. First, I want a solid wood top rather than MDF, but I don’t want to do the lamination and flattening myself. I found a beech laminated counter-top at Ikea for $39. Sized at 25 5/8” by 49 5/8”, I thought that this would make a good size starter workbench.
Other items of interest that will affect design choices:
- Bench should be usable as an out-feed table for the tablesaw
- Bench should be heavy, but able to be moved
- Will use the large vise from Lee Valley
- Desire to be able to level the legs of the workbench on an uneven floor
I don’t have access to any of my photos at this time, but will post some with the next blog entry.
-- Josh, Virginia , http://crossgrain.wordpress.com