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01-17-2011 03:32 AM

I am mostly a power tool woodworker even thou I own hand tools. I been using sawhorse’s for my workbench for the longest. I been wondering do I really need a workbench?

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 03:41 AM

i was on sawhorses for several years and now have benches…still no vises…but having the benches up higher and a more solid work surface has been real nice…not to mention the drawers to store stuff…

now I have my sawhorses to move around and work outside in other places…

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 03:45 AM

You’ll need something to assemble and test fit your joints on. See my wagon?

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 03:48 AM

I like to use plywood to go on top of the sawhorses to act as temp bench.

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 03:48 AM


The work bench will really be an improvement although it will definitely take up a specific space- not as portable as the saw horses. I think once you get one, you’ll probably wonder how you got along with out it.

One thing I wish I could do in my shop is place the workbench in a location where I could work from all sides/ends. That would more convenient than having to always move the project on the bench.


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#5 posted 01-17-2011 03:50 AM

Personally, I love my woodworking bench. Especially the vises. I find them to be indispensable. You just need a good solid, flat work surface. I don’t think it really has to do with power vs hand tools. You still will always have to bang and pull on things from time to time and it goes much better if your work table does move around with you.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#6 posted 01-17-2011 03:58 AM

Depends on how much room you have in and around your woodworking shed CJ.
If plywood on top of saw horses works for you, then why tie up your space.
How about a wood top for your saw table?

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 04:01 AM

Eric, my shop is a 10×12 shed. Its only 120 sq ft.

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#8 posted 01-17-2011 11:41 PM

I have a workbench but sometimes use the table saw to be sure to be dead flat and also I have an 8’ table with folding legs for bigger stuff too. As far as vices, you can always take up smoking or beer… ;0) lol

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#9 posted 01-17-2011 11:56 PM

Everything they said and more, Charles.

I still have my two sheets of OSB sitting on sawhorses …. my old “workbench,” but I now call it my sanding and assembly table.

It was NOT sturdy. No matter where I put the sawhorses, underneath the boards, I frequently had tipping problems and tense moments.

The vise on the workbench is a huge benefit, but … for me … just NOT having to worry about the bench giving out on me, or moving, or tipping … is a big relief.

If you can sturdy that ply + sawhorse thing, then … I guess it will work until it doesn’t work.

But mine was really really inadequate.

I also REALLY like the idea of the Torsion Box Assembly Table—another thing to think about.

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 01-18-2011 12:50 AM

You wouldn’t believe the clamping options you will have on a cabinet bench. I have bench dogs that came with it to keep wood in place and hold clamps that fit into the table holes. Plus two wood vises that two fit in front ard on the side of table, plus my dads old heavy ass 4” metal vice. I have 10×12 shed also, that’s my work space. There over priced but hell want isn’t.

-- A poor man has poor way's

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#11 posted 01-18-2011 02:05 AM

Here’s something I’d like to try:

-- My reality check bounced...

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#12 posted 01-18-2011 02:44 AM

I have MDF on top of what use to be a warehouse packaging table. Whatever works works.

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#13 posted 01-18-2011 02:45 AM

Hairy, thats a idea.

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#14 posted 01-18-2011 02:56 AM

I’d have to put wheels on it.

-- My reality check bounced...

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