|Forum topic by fiddlebanshee||posted 06-11-2014 05:34 PM||943 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
06-11-2014 05:34 PM
I am a new woodworker and have finally gotten my space in the garage (about 30×12 ft). it’s not big, but I don’t have (yet) many big machines, so I think it’ll do for the first few years. This space limitation also means I have to be modest in what I can do for a workbench. So here’s my question.
I do most of my woodworking with smaller (handheld) powertools (mitersaw, track saw, router, drill with a drill guide), biscuitjoiner etc. I have one plane (a jack plane) but I am not planning on doing a whole lot of hand work. I don’t think I would have the muscle for it (I’m a middle-aged petite woman), which is also the reason I will not get a table saw. Much easier to take the saw to the project than the project to the saw, so to speak. I will probably be getting a bandsaw (tabletop?) and / or drillpress in the next few years. I haven’t decided what to do about jointer/planers yet, other than seeing if I can befriend woodworkers in my neck of the woods that would be willin to mill my lumber.
I have the festool MFT3 table for the tracksaw, but am now running into the need for another workstation as I am building shop cabinets. i need this bench mostly for assembly, and to use with the router if used handheld. I have a router table, that I am going to build a base for too.
So the question is should I build a behemot workbench, I have the feeling this would be overkill for my kind of woodworking and that I could get by with a more light duty assembly table with a vice for occasional clamping needs.
Opinions? What would be a good plan for a beginning woodworker? What’s the minimum in construction specs that I can get a useful workstation with?
-- As if I needed another hobby!