So you’ve built this elaborate workbench, the ‘Workbench of your Dreams’. With a Rock Maple top, Paduk edging and all the dog holes anyone could ever ask for (to go with the donuts). You have a difficult time positioning it because it weighs 400 lbs. THEN you realize, although you’ve taken every precaution to make sure all four legs are level and of equal length, the bench thinks its a Rock Star in its new home, your newly finished workshop. It ROCKS, but NOT in a good way.
How many times has this story become a realization? Well, Why not build a 3 legged workbench? I Googled around and the ones I could find were just 3 legged versions of the same ole rectangular benches. These seem to present a new problem with the bench tipping when you happen to be hand-planing in the wrong direction. Particularly working near, or on, the end with one leg.
So I present to you, the ‘Triangle Workbench’. Actually ‘A’ Triangle Workbench.
It looks weird. Mostly because we are not used to seeing them in the modern(or old) workshops. How about we dress it up with an old-school vise & bench dog holes.
Yes, even though I don’t profess to use many hand-tools, I believe it should have a certain draw from folks that do use them. True to form for many of those traditional benches, I’ve built it with the medium-length face even with the edge of the bench for clamping large items (such as a door) to the front two legs.
I’ve also provided the longest edge with an overhang to aid in the clamping of workpieces to the top of the bench.
Now on to some fun details. As part of the design of the front edge, I wanted to add some bracing for those two legs. Well, as it turns out, that bracing just so happens to make for a nice tool tray on the side. No, its not too traditional, but it could be useful. I’ve added a small lip to keep chisels from rolling out. (Leg and apron hidden for clarity)
Here’s a couple of views from above with the top removed. I temporarilly colored the legs charcoal gray so you could see them a little better
This is another place where a drawing package can shine over just a napkin drawing. You can size and draw the known dimensions for most parts, then you can add an angled piece and have the application(in this case SketchUp) tell YOU what the angles or dimensions are.
I’ve built this virtual one for your pondering. Maybe it will inspire someone to try one out for themselves. I’ve built this one with the 3-4-5 triangle in mind. You might also be interested in building two of them and placing them back to back with the long edges facing each other.
Feel free to build it up. shoot the idea down, or offer suggestions or alterations. That’s just one of the neat things about building ‘virtual’ projects, whether in SU or your own 3D design tool. It gives you the chance to make all(well, many) of your mistakes on the computer screen rather than with possibly expensive materials.
Disclaimer: I’m positive there are folks that have broached this subject in the past, but they sure aren’t very prevalent when I searched for them. If you find some, feel free to share the picture with others.
Per a new LJ’s request, here are the dimensions for this bench as it was designed. I still believe it could use some improvement. Enjoy.
-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--