So we are demolishing the old plywood table in the workshop where the previous owner of the house had kept a lot of machines. We are a child-safe hand-tool affair here so I don’t anticipate the need. Here you see my daughter unscrewing some of the zillions of screws which kept this very overbuilt table together:
And here she is sawing some of the things joined by unremovable bolts and nuts:
But enough of that (we are down to the last few parts, thank goodness)...
My attention now turns to the two workbenches which will replace it, and here, oh LJ friends, I confess that I am the least experienced woodworker on this forum. I am sure that everyone reading this post has more understanding of woodworking than I do! I have two old benches, one came with the house, one I bought at a second-hand store just before we moved. Here is the one from the second-hand store which is earmarked for my daughter:
And here is the one which came with the house:
This second bench has three vices. Two are on the left hand side, one on the front and one on the back, and one on the right hand side On the back one, I can’t find a screw? Mind you it’s currently against the wall. But why are there two? Are two people supposed to work at this bench?
I have thousands of questions but I suppose they boil down to—how should I prepare these benches best? Can I use them as is? What do I need to check first? I think they are nice benches, but I’m such a greenhorn that I don’t really know how to use them well.
Both seem quite solid.
-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...