Four years ago I made a ‘new fangled bench’ as seen in Fine Woodworking. Since then my so called woodworking journey has been good and I think I’ve come a long way and done a lot of stuff. I’m always on my bench and work from it all the time. Thing is I rarely use any of it’s features. Don’t get me wrong. I think this is a great bench. It works well and when planing and holding things in place of all sizes in many positions it can’t be beat. But, I find that 98% of the time it’s an assembly bench.
After five years I’m going to be cleaning and remodeling a lot of my shop. It’s 24×24 ft. and space is at a premium. I have a kick down outfeed table on my moveable table saw. I’m thinking of getting rid of the bench and building a movable table saw outfeed table/assembly bench. This would free up the space that the bench takes up now and combine the outfeed table with the bench as one unit with some tool and clamp storage.
No question, just blogging about my thoughts on this. The bench, maybe will be passed on to a family member or if not I might try to sell it locally. I kind of hate to do this as the bench and I now have a history, but in the long run I think it might be for the best.
-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful. http://gagnerwebsite.com/Deceiver/Craftsman_on_the_lake/Craftsman_on_the_lake.html