New WoodWorking Bench #1: What plan would I use?

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Blog entry by ray6576 posted 11-12-2010 07:08 AM 4688 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have spent about six months looking at various pictures, plans and ideas that other woodworkers used for their woodworking bench. I finally settled on a design that I saw in Popular Woodworking. I chose the 21st Century Woodworking bench.

-- Raymond Eade, Easley, SC

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#1 posted 11-12-2010 07:56 AM

I am still looking…

will follow yours with interest. what issue of popular woodworking?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 11-12-2010 02:06 PM

The October 2008 pages 34 – 43.

-- Raymond Eade, Easley, SC

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#3 posted 11-12-2010 02:15 PM

If you ask any woodworker, I’m sure each one will have a dream bench on there bucket list.
I’ve made several and they are normally just put together in a rush.
I’ve bought plans, collected plans and even bought the book.
Enjoy the lifetime pursuit of the “Perfect Bench.”
Look at everyone else’s, study the plans and enjoy.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 11-12-2010 07:19 PM

So what made you choose this particular design Ray?

If you search on “21st century bench” here on LJ, you’ll find a ton of 21st century benches and blogs here too. There’s also a nice writeup about this bench in Schwartz’s “Workbench Design Book”.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#5 posted 11-12-2010 10:37 PM

I chose this bench because I will be doing some hand tool work and some power tools. This bench has the flexibility to handle both types of woodworking. I am learning to like using hand tools more because I have to slow down and get it right and a lot less dust control problems. I did make a bench from the plans on the New Yankee Workshop but the materials used were light weight construction materials. I have learned that all it does is slide across the shop anytime I use hand tools.

-- Raymond Eade, Easley, SC

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