|Forum topic by helluvawreck||posted 12-13-2011 05:07 PM||2208 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
12-13-2011 05:07 PM
My son in law’s father has just moved up here from Florida. He is partially retired and also has been a beginning woodworker for a year or so. He has a few tools but knows only what he’s read in a few books and he’s a friend of mine so I’m going to take him under my wing and help him however I can.
He has a workbench made by Grizzly with a 36×72 top that he bought a while back. He has moved into a small apartment a few blocks from my house and he put the workbench in the kitchen for lack of a better place. He wants to learn how to carve and do other crafts like making boxes maybe. He’s mostly interested in hand tool work but he does have a drill press and a scroll saw and maybe a few power tools.
When I went over to see his apartment I was really impressed with his workbench. For $575 I thought that it is reasonably priced. I need a better workbench than what I have. The weekend after I finished closing in my carport so that I would have a proper place to work I quickly built my workbench the following weekend with the idea that soon I would build me a nice heavy duty European workbench. I only have the weekends to do my woodworking so time is precious to me. For the last year I’ve mostly been carving. Now, however, I have some woodworking projects in mind that I want to get on with so I’m going to partially pull off the woodcarving in order to accomplish these other projects. Likewise, I don’t have the time to commit to the kind of workbench that I want to have in the long run. I already have the material for such a bench and I have nothing in the material. Right now I feel that I don’t have the time to commit.
After seeing this bench I got to thinking that this could be a good temporary solution. All I would have to do is mount my two vises and drill some bench dogs holes into the top. I figure I can do all of this on a Saturday and would be in business. Then after a year or so I could build the bench that I want and sale this temporary bench on Craigs list for half price or less – maybe $250 or so.
I’ve seen other benches that sell for comparable prices and I wouldn’t have them because they are just not heavy enough. This bench seems to be well built and is heavy.
What do you folks think about the wisdom of such a plan? I really want to build my own bench for the satisfaction and pride of ownership, but…... right now may not be the time to do it. If I hadn’t have seen one of these benches with my own eyes I would never have considered the possibility of buying one.
-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau