Hey fellas. I’m new to this site and wood working in general, but I figured this would be the place to get a little feedback and constructive criticism. I’ve been doing cabinets at a local shop for a few years, and developed a love of woodworking. Over the last few years, I’ve taken a shine to using hand tools, but my every attempt I’ve made to use them, I find that it’s very difficult without proper vises, and a good solid workspace that doesn’t scoot across the floor.
So I got it in my head to make this workbench. I got some 8/4 soft maple, and a general design, and got to it! I figured as badass as I am, I’d have it whipped in no time, and then I could start to learn how to use hand tools.
I have the top all glued up. I cut roughly 3 1/4” boards (because that got the most yield) for the outer 6” of each side of the top and then made the interior 12” with the face grain. I cut I guess you’d call it a half lap(?) for the legs to have a tenon through the top because I’m not brave enough to attempt the roubo style dovetailed tenon I’ve been seeing. And I plan on capping the other end with that 4×4 which is super heavy, to add some mass to that side of the bench.
Then for the legs, I plan on having them through-tenon on the bases/feet, and a support for the top, and then having stretchers to connect them across.
If all that makes sense…
I’ve got end vise and front vise hardware too, just haven’t gotten the end vise figured out quite yet.
My question for you guys is: before I get too far, do you see any design flaws? Do you see something I should do or not do when it come to building the legs? Give me any constructive criticism, anything that can help me out here. If hate to build this thing, and after all the trouble, find some design flaw, and not be able to fix it.
One more thing: I have the square dog holes, and I plan on drilling some round ones for a holdfast. But should I put a row (or two) of dog holes for the face vise? I’ve seen benches with and without. But I can’t quite see why you’d need that.
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