Another workbench, just because.

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Project by Jarmo posted 01-20-2015 06:49 PM 1153 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed some storage space for my basement apartment that doubles as a woodshop. I sleep in the walk-in closet these days so I get way less sawdust in my bed. Anyway I started drawing up plans for a cabinet with some drawers and I remembered I had one of those Eclipse vises that I didn’t end up using on my Roubo workbench. I’m the type that spends about 70% of my woodworking time making things in order to make my 30% actually working on projects more efficient and easier. Maybe some day those numbers will swap, but I really like building shop furniture. So one thing led to another, and now I have another workbench with my storage underneath.

The bench top is 41 1/2” off the ground, about as high as a standing desk and way higher than you’d probably ever want a regular workbench, but this will work great (I hope) for some of the power carving I do, since in the past I was always clamping all sorts of blocks and things under my workpieces to raise them up to a comfortable level. Already I’ve found a lot of things done at this height, such as marking and measuring, to be more comfortable and my back hurts less at the end of the day.

I used milk paint for the first time on this project and am still confused by it, but all the paint turned out looking just fine and was pretty easy in the end.

In the last picture you can see Grandpa in Germany, 1945. Since I use a lot of his tools these days he will always have a permanent spot in my workshop.

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Jeff Mazur

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#1 posted 01-20-2015 08:47 PM

Good for you, J – I like that you’re bucking the trend and using the height you like rather than the prescribed 32” or whatever the currently accepted intelligentsia seem fond of! (BTW, Paul Sellers, one of the smartest woodworkers around IMO, asserts that one doesn’t need to “get one’s back into” hand-planing if the tool is properly sharpened, and therefore a low height isn’t absolutely necessary, only de rigueur, and I have to agree with him.)

Nice bench.

-- Woodworking is a beautiful, physical, cerebral, and noble art.

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#2 posted 01-21-2015 08:38 AM

Gute Arbeit.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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