Routing a groove in a benchtop

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Forum topic by Tedstor posted 10-12-2012 08:26 PM 1040 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-12-2012 08:26 PM

I’m in the process of building a new workbench. I had just finished gluing-up the top when I had a random thought…......Is there any practical reason why I wouldn’t want to rout a shallow groove around the perimeter of the benchtop? You know, so chisels/screwdrivers/pencils are less apt to roll off.

If this is the worst idea ever, please let me know.

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#1 posted 10-12-2012 09:01 PM

i will probably collect sawdust and dirt too, but i still think its a good idea.

-- Joel

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#2 posted 10-12-2012 09:07 PM

Sounds nice in theory but in my experiance it may prove to be a finger pincher (smasher), when sliding things around. I get caught up in a dog hole now and then. Not a big deal, just thinking out load . I guess too it would depend on where and how large a groove were talking about. I keep pencils in the grooves that I cut for crosscut sled bars and mitre bar. So grooves can be handy.

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#3 posted 10-12-2012 09:14 PM

I think a tool tray would be a better idea since it keeps your benchtop flat.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#4 posted 10-12-2012 09:34 PM

Tool trays are cool. But in my case, I know it would always be filled with clutter.

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#5 posted 10-13-2012 04:08 AM

We all have our own individual styles, nothing is absolutely right or wrong, it’s really about what works for you personally.

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#6 posted 10-13-2012 06:53 AM

I clamp stuff to the near edge of my bench all the time, a groove in this area would cause nothing but problems for me.

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#7 posted 10-13-2012 07:48 AM

The reason you wouldn’t want to do it is because the $3000 scandinavian benches dont have them (he said with sarcasm)

Sounds like a no brainer to me. I wonder why the $3000 super benched DONT have them? (he said without sarcasm this time) If you think they would interfere with clamping things on the edge (as exelectrician suggested), maybe leave a section “ungrooved”.

Would keep it shallow and rounded though, like 3/16” max…maybe 3/8”wide…like on a cutting board. That would allow any dust to be easily blown or brushed out.

-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"

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