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#1 posted 11-26-2012 02:54 PM

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the pros and cons you’ve stated. The consensus among those that have a tool well is that the cons (collect shavings and clutter, subtract bench-top space, provide an uneven surface) seem to outweigh the pros (able to keep tools at hand during a project, and keep them from rolling off the bench).

I like renners’ idea of using the space immediately under the bench top as a “temporary holding area” for tools during a project. While that’s not practical for my bench design I’m thinking that when I build my new bench down the road that I’ll design in that feature.

...which leaves me with my original issue, tools rolling off the backside of my bench. The garage floor is not flat all the way to the wall. There’s a 4” high concrete “lip” at the wall that prevents my bench from sliding flush to the wall. So what I’ll probably do is use Don’s suggestion to apply a “skirt”. But rather than put it on the bench, I’ll put it on the bottom of the shelf I’m using to dock my every-project planes. Then I’ll snug my bench up to the skirt and walla, no more grinding nicks out of chisel edges :)

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