So I have decided I am far enough along to make a workbench or more importantly I have gotten to a point where I notice a lot of situations where a bench would make my woodworking life way easier. The problem is two fold though, one I design everything I make and in this case am of coarse going to do the same thing and two I tend to go “redneck” with my shop projects.
So I am throwing it out to all my Lumberjock pals, go with a bench such as a Rubio. Or to go redneck, using construction 2×4’s for the legs and making vises out of pipe clamps. I know I can make one that is cheaper of coarse but I am not sure that the satisfaction and enjoyment is lower then a traditional bench build. I honestly think that the function would be similar at least for now I don’t know as I get more into hand tools and bigger projects if that might change.
So my question is is it anymore satisfying to a involved workbench verses making it work some other way that isn’t as well pretty? And are there any advantages to a traditional workbench aside from the sturdiness and the various vises and dog holes versus again imper-vising? The idea I get is that the primary reason for building a traditional bench is the ability to get plans and lower the “thinking” and making the percentage for error much lower.
-- why get a plan when you can get even more experience