|Project by AaronK||posted 10-25-2015 11:15 AM||5375 views||9 times favorited||10 comments|
Built of locally sawn pine 2×4x8s, top finished with a light coat of BLO. Pipes are 1/2”. 90” long, 28.5” wide.
I have the space to get into woodworking again, and since I stopped a few years ago have been researching workbenches. On one hand I really like the features of John White’s NFW, but the structure looked flimsy to me. I also read Schwartz’s book, and was convinced that, while a Ruobo doesn’t really suit my work style, he is onto something in terms of his guidelines (worktop square to the sides, fairly narrow so you can reach across it, etc.). I also like the split top of the 20th Century workbench. So i took all of these as inspiration.
What you see here looks most like the New Fangled Workbench, so that’s what I’ll call it – pipe clamp vises and planing beam are prominent features. I changed mine to include critical features:
1. Solid built up top that’s 3 1/2” thick.
2. Solid substructure with full mortised leg stretchers.
3. Width of the near-side top is 10 1/2”, and the other side is 6”. Full width is 28 1/2”. This gives a good amount of working surface on either side. Keeping these narrow enough so that casework could straddle the ends was important to me.
4. The other side is built so that there is no overhang and the top is perfectly square to the sides.
5. boring out a bunch of holes for the face vice was a little tedious, so I minimized the number of them. There’s really no need to space them all 6” and have a row of 15 of them going across the bench. I figured I’d only use spacings of 12, 18, 24, and 30”, so that’s all I built.
To me, this design represents the full variety of combinations I foresee using in my work.
In the future I’ll add panels to the top to create fill in the middle, and add a shelf to the stretchers below for storage.
Also, I have a sketchup model, feel free to PM me if you want it.