|Forum topic by SPalm||posted 03-10-2008 03:36 PM||1373 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
03-10-2008 03:36 PM
I am starting to upgrade my shop, both in size and capabilities. I am a hobbyist, who wants to build a range of things from furniture to smaller things like boxes. The shop is in the basement, and it is now about the size of a small two car garage, so there is some room, but it is filling up quickly. As far as how I work, I must admit, I am more likely to use a power tool over a hand tool, as in using a dovetail jig over hand cut ones.
I keep banging my head on picking/building a bench, or should I say benches. It seems like there must be a lot of other people with similar requirements. The way I am breaking it down I see three major requirements. These may be wrapped into one or two designs, but probably require more than one structure.
Clamping Bench. A heavy bench with a vise or two along with bench dog holes. It is used to hold a work piece while routing and sanding, along with some hand tool work. Messy work is done here so I would like dust control along with a downdraft. I would also clamp things like a dovetail jig to it. Three sided access is probably needed.
Assembly Bench. It is basically a flat table. Fairly strong with an overhanging top to allow clamping assemblies to it. Wipe on finishing would also probably be done here. Maybe this would double as an in-feed or out-feed table. Roll around might be nice. Four sided access is probably needed.
Desk Bench. This one is not usually discussed but I always find myself using this kind of object. You pull up a stool and fiddle with things here. It is fairly clean as far as sawdust, but messy as far as gizmos. This is where you repair tools, look at manuals, make sketches, or even disassemble the toaster oven (real life says this shop is not 100% woodworking). This is also where you stage things before they are used in a project or put away in a drawer. One sided access is probably needed.
So to me, it looks like three benches. I guess I need to make room somehow. Does anybody else see it this way or have another way of doing this or combining these requirements?
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