|Forum topic by DrTebi||posted 04-04-2011 02:05 AM||6554 views||2 times favorited||16 replies|
04-04-2011 02:05 AM
Not having a proper workbench at all will hopefully be a thing of the past soon.
I have been spending a lot of time reading about different workbench designs, and browsing lumberjocks and other places to check out what others have built. Here is my design so far:
I consider myself still fairly new to woodworking, so I want to refrain from shoulder vises, fancy dovetails and similar.
- A trestle support to avoid end grain resting on the floor. My floor is old concrete that is certainly moist. This will also allow me to add raisers, or even wheels later with little effort.
- Three-layer mortise and tenons to make construction easier—I figure as long as I can make precise cuts, I can put these together without error.
- A “modular” design, because I know I will be moving sooner or later…
- Last but not least, I think I have settled for using white oak for the lighter parts in the drawing, and Canarywood for everything else including the tops. From what I can gather, Canarywood is hard but not too too hard to destroy all my cutting tools, known to last, no serious health concerns in working with it, and—beautiful. It will certainly make this a bit pricey, but I think it’s worth it.
I would appreciate any critique, comments, suggestions. Be blunt, be hard on me… I need to learn, and can best from your experiences…