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Posted on Best Work Bench Design for Hand Tools? Your thoughts.

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#1 posted 09-10-2012 04:02 PM

ChrisCarr, are you just starting into woodworking with hand tools, or do you have power tools already (such as a jointer, a planer, a table saw, etc.)? Building a good workbench for hand tools use is not hard, but it’s much harder with hand tools than power tools.

For hand tools, you want a heavy bench with a flat top. I’m building Chris Schwarz’s Roubo bench from SYP, and all the wood costs well under $300. The metal screw for the leg vise is under $40.

I would avoid an MDF top if you want to use hand tools, as MDF is very hard on cutting edges of plane irons and chisels (due in part to the adhesives in MDF).

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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