|Project by Rob Bois||posted 02-09-2009 04:14 PM||20572 views||109 times favorited||34 comments|
I recently finished building out a whole new workshop in my basement, and made a good sized investment in some new power tools, all new electrical, and central DC. However, the one item that was an absolute build versus buy nightmare for me was the workbench. After much deliberation, reading, and research, I was almost ready to throw in the towel when the October 2008 issue of Popular Woodworking came out, highlighting the “21st Century Workbench”. The design looked perfect for what I needed as a hybrid power and hand tool woodworker.
So I immediately made some decisions on materials (ash) and a few modifications to the design (I shortened the bench by about a foot to fit better in my smaller shop). I also decided to document the whole project on my blog with a series of videos, culminated by a live ustream broadcast of the final product. I have even found additional benefits of the design since that time, and couldn’t be happier with my decisions. The only thing I might do differently is shorten the front vise, especially since I shortened the overall length. But having a big 30” twin screw vise does have some advantages too. Anyway, since my blog postings, I have since archived the recordings in a slightly more organized fashion on a single page on my website here. If I get time, perhaps I’ll figure out how to get video up here on lumberjocks as well.