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Whofan

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08-01-2015 11:59 AM

Good Morning , So , I’ve been looking to purchase a proper workbench . Scouring CL , HF & all the catalogs. I have decided what I will do is get a good set of plans and build my own. So I googled just that and man toooo much info. Did any of you use a plan when started out and if so can it be purchased. My hope is to build my hand tool skills and would like this to service that need and look awesome . Thanks for any feedback….Kirk

-- Kirk, Upstate NY


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johnstoneb

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#1 posted 08-01-2015 12:23 PM

Woodsmith has had plans for several benches. Lake Erie Toolworks has a bench of the month and some of those have plans.

http://lakeerietoolworks.com/

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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CL810

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#2 posted 08-01-2015 12:25 PM

Christopher Schwarz wrote two books on this subject. The first, Workbenches, goes into detail about two bench designs and is a must read. The second, ThevWorkbench Design Book, is more of a comparison of the different styles of benches. It ia a very good book as well.

I would also recommend the Workbench Smackdown thread right here on LJ’s. You can also enter ‘smackdown’ in the LJ search to find a lot of great benches.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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Adrock1

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#3 posted 08-01-2015 01:13 PM



Christopher Schwarz wrote two books on this subject. The first, Workbenches, goes into detail about two bench designs and is a must read. The second, ThevWorkbench Design Book, is more of a comparison of the different styles of benches. It ia a very good book as well.

I would also recommend the Workbench Smackdown thread right here on LJ s. You can also enter smackdown in the LJ search to find a lot of great benches.

- CL810

Great advice. I bought Schwartz’s second book before starting on my current bench and it was worth every penny. It will give you all sorts o great info to noodle over to ensure the bench you build will fit your unique needs.

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bandit571

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#4 posted 08-01-2015 02:25 PM

This Old Work Bench..

Has seen a LOT of use. I built most of it on a sunny,Sunday Afternoon almost what, two years ago? Added the Crochet, a leg vise(using a pipe clamp) and a few dog holes. May add a second row of “Doggies” to help hold things as I hand plane.

Parts for this? Well, I did have to buy a box of screws…everything else came from a dumpster dive, or the scrap pile.

Seemed to work

Built this thing on the bench.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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crank49

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#5 posted 08-01-2015 03:59 PM

Ditto the Schwartz Books.
They are a great resource.
What ever you build be sure to not skimp on the base.
Hand tool wood working needs a good solid bench that won’t be moving around.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 08-01-2015 04:12 PM

If you have the time to put into a real nice workbench I believe that it will be something that you will never regret and will always give you a feeling of pride and accomplishment.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Andre

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#7 posted 08-01-2015 05:25 PM

A Bench is a very personal part of your shop, to some the most important tool in the shop. The best way to decide what you like is to actually work on a bench, or as many as you can to decide what you like and what dose not work for the projects you will created? Take some classes, contact fellow woodworkers and visit different stores. I have designed my bench and gathered all the material I hope I will need? I picked up a set of plans from Lee Valley as a starting point but other than the details for the Tail Vise my finished Bench will be very different! By the way, Vise selection can also cause a little confusion! Good Luck! Oh ya mistakes are a sign of learning, working them into the design is the mark of a craftsman! LOL!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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rwe2156

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#8 posted 08-01-2015 09:33 PM

I also like Scott Landis’ book.

When I set out to do this, I found the process kind of went like: settle on a type (Roubo vs. Scandinavian) and your vises (shoulder, tail, steel, twin screw, wagon, apron etc.) before you begin your build because that can factor into the design.

FWIW, I have all the wood but have never gotten to build the bench I really want.
What I have now is a bowling lane bench with some pretty nice vices and I like it.

Just saying that because you may want to consider building a prototype first.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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