|Forum topic by laxbograt||posted 01-22-2012 12:53 PM||914 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
01-22-2012 12:53 PM
Ok, I have finally decided to bite the bullet and make a formal woodworking bench I can be proud of, the two benches I have now look ridiculously unprofessional and often don’t have the proper areas for clamping holding etc..
I have the general idea to make a split top Roubo style in mind. I want the top to be about 3 in thick so that I can use holdfast and dogs securely, a leg vise with sliding deadman so that I can work on longer items, and a thin split so that I can use it as a tool channel for holding backsaws, chisels, etc…
So here is the question aspect.
1) I am thinking of using laminated wood, ie 2×4’s glued together to make a wide thick top, for the whole bench. I have been having a hell of a time finding lumber in my area that is a) thick enough, and b) not so expensive that it makes me want to cry. So I was thinking of using big box home improvement store style lumber for the legs, stretchers, top, etc… and using hard maple to wrap the edges of the top, for the leg vise and for the sliding deadman.
I have seen people do the laminated tops just never the legs. Would this be strong enough?
2) I am on the fence between a tail vise vs a wagon vise. Anyone have any strong feelings one way or the other?
Any other advise suggestions would be great. I know I have a big project ahead of me and have done a good amount of research but any tips / tricks would be great.