|Forum topic by freixas||posted 12-05-2011 03:00 AM||4135 views||2 times favorited||11 replies|
12-05-2011 03:00 AM
This is version 2 of my workbench design ( see http://lumberjocks.com/topics/32168 ). I no longer retain any of the features of John White’s bench, so I’ve dropped the “new-fangled” moniker. The design is now more influenced by the Roubo bench design in Chris Schwartz’s book.
Here’s what the workbench looks like:
The first view is the front of the bench, with all holes covered. The second view is the back with covers removed.Changes:
As a beginner, I decided to start with only the features that couldn’t be added later. The T-track in the first design might reappear in the future, but after I have some experience with the bench. This is the same reason there aren’t any fancy vises—there’s one, but only because I found that a prior house-owner left some vise hardware behind. I might as well use it.
Here are my initial solutions for clamping.
I may have to carve out a bigger hole for the vise. Blocks of various heights can used as needed. I came up with this installation idea and later found that it’s called a “wagon vise”.
A common worry seems to be how high to make the table. I considered making an adjustable height table and found this incredible design: http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?120032-New-Woodworking-Bench-%28Parts-I-amp-II-of-II%29. I finally decided that was a bit of overreach for me and opted for a minimalist system.
Here’s my idea: the top narrow stretcher is just a collection of boards that bolt to the top. By adjusting the number of boards used and the length of the bolts, the height of the table can be altered by at least three inches, maybe more.
The stretcher also needs to be attached to the legs and the attachment may be similar. There will always be at least one board and it may be sufficient to attach only that one to the legs.
Finally, my available space is small, so I plan to use the table for power tools. The most important option is to use the workbench as a router table. Other tools can be mounted on the table, but they are not as critical. I would have liked to have a miter saw option, but the typical saw is rather large and needs to be mounted so that the cutting surface is level with the workbench top.
Here are some potential tools that could be mounted:
I thank everyone who responded to my original thread—you gave me a lot to think about.