|Forum topic by WhoMe||posted 10-28-2011 02:10 AM||13510 views||2 times favorited||23 replies|
10-28-2011 02:10 AM
I am starting to look more and more into building a workbench as I am getting tired of using my table saw table (and out feed extension) as a workbench. It has been working good as a layout, assembly table but I am finding I need more capabilities like wood vises and bench dog functions.
I like the idea of the style of the 21st century workbench with the open center for clamping, tool trays and so on so I am thinking of that for a top as I think that will be the most versatile for what I want to do in the future. I am undecided on the base so far regarding shelving or drawers/cabinets. Cost for the workbench will be a factor so I am looking at a base made of big box store wood. I feel I can get large enough sizes to make it stable without breaking the bank. As for the top, I will spend more on good hard wood for that as I am looking more for stability and durability. I do not want to buy a pre-emade one as I WANT to build my own and learn from it.
BUT, in general, how does one go about sizing the top regarding length and width. Is there some kind of guidelines for those dimensions.
I plan to start building cabinets, chairs, tables and other stuff for my home and maybe, maybe, in the future I can get some commission projects for a little extra cash but that is only a wish.
Unfortunately, I do not have a dedicated shop and am using a 2 car garage (only fits 1 car though) that has limited space (with all the other junk in there) so I will have to figure out how to make this workbench mobile but I have some Ideas. All of my shop tools are mobile already.
Thanks for any helpful advice.
-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -