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#1 posted 05-31-2012 03:49 PM

Norm, very reasonable thoughts and the answer is of course up to you. I’d start with another question: Are you the type of woodworker that stresses over even the smallest changes to finished projects? If so, test bench is the route. If not, build what you think you want/need now.

You’ll likely get a bunch of responses that tick off each of your questions, you know. I’m resisting the urge to do so myself. :-) One thing I will ask about is overhang and clamping. Assuming the bottom isn’t filled completely with a cabinet, ala: shaker style, why not flush and still have the ability to clamp? I’ve heard this asked before and I’m confused by the either or. I did a lower-profile cabinet that keeps plenty of open space below the top for holdfasts and clamps; flush front is too important to sacrifice for clamping that has other ways of working.

Good luck!

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