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Posted on Workbench Tool Well? Yes or no and why.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 11-26-2012 02:59 PM

Everyone’s needs are different based on the style of work and projects that they build.

After looking at a few workbenches in town I decided not to add the tool tray, the guys that had them expressed regret.

The problems expressed are the same as what other guys have stated before me, the dust & crap that the tray gathers and that legs of projects drop into the hole causing projects to tip alarmingly at time.

I will say I like HorizontalMike’s location of the tool tray if you wanted one, which is in the middle of the bench. The problem of project legs dropping into the tool tray would be abated to some degree if they were able to naturally straddle the void as you work on the project. Many tool trays are set off to one side and if you are working on a project there is not enough surface to the outside edge near the worker to place the legs of the project.

For the most part, most traditional work bench designs are not wide enough for the work that I do. I have a full 4×8 work bench. The size and design of this table fulfills my needs.

I just realize I need to get more better pictures focusing on my bench.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com


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