Work bench plans
Posted 27 January 2006 - 07:33 PM
Posted 27 January 2006 - 09:20 PM
I have a HEAVY table - 4 x 6 - that I use for scarfing plywood, laying out things, screwing blocks to when I'm laminating, etc.
I had a long 2 foot widebench- 24 feet long that I laid out boat sides, etc when building the canoes, kayaks, the sharpie etc.
If you want to build spars a narrow but as long as you can get bench is the ticket
And then I have my Steiner woodwokers bench. which is pictured here ( and on another thread tonight)
When I was building my 35 foot tri I did all my work on a very heavy (so it sat still while I was scarfing) 4 X 8 foot table.
Main things are that it's solid and has a good vise. Rest is pretty much gravy.
Posted 30 January 2006 - 06:18 PM
If you have a Lowe's near you, you might look into this...
When I was in Lowe's about two weeks ago, they had a little mini-magazine (more like a 16-page pamphlet, actually) called "The WoodPost: An Exclusive Lowe's Woodworker's Publication." Anyway, the issue I picked up (for free) had plans for a "workspace on wheels" (featured on the cover of the issue). It's a pretty slick little workcenter, which, if built to plan, has cabinet space all the way around the four sides for holding power tools, hardware, etc. The ends have pegboard and power outlets, and then there's a long slot for holding stacks of longer pieces of wood. The countertop is about 4' x 7', so it would be ideal for laying out big sheets of plywood, or offer plenty of space for whatever else you might be gluing up, etc. And it looks easy to build... all square-cut stock and rectangular panels, so it could be built really quickly with a decent table saw and (if available) a miter saw.
Anyway, thought I would mention it since they're giving the plans away for free at Lowe's.
Posted 30 January 2006 - 06:37 PM
Posted 31 January 2006 - 07:02 PM
Sorry I didn't think to offer this... I still have a copy of the plans here, so if you don't find any at your Lowe's, let me know. I was thinking of building one of these workcenters myself, but it will be a long time before I have the chance anyway, so if you like you could just have my copy. In fact, I could probably scan it in and e-mail it to you, so then I wouldn't even be out the cost of a stamp.
Either way, let me know and I'd be happy to send it to you one way or another.
Posted 31 January 2006 - 07:27 PM
I appreciate your offer to scan and email it. That would probably work. Would you please do so?
Posted 01 February 2006 - 07:21 AM
Sure, I'll scan it for you. I just have to dig out the scanner from the closet. I'll try to get around to it sometime tonight or tomorrow night. If you haven't heard from me in a couple days, drop me another note to remind me. (I'm horribly forgetful lately... must be the winter blahs dulling my brain.)
Posted 01 February 2006 - 07:29 AM
Posted 01 February 2006 - 07:59 PM
Funny you mention that... the Lowe's workspace plans that I am scanning for Greg are designed to accommodate a replaceable top like the one you mention on your own workspace. Of course, Greg could easily modify it for a hardwood top too if he prefers that. They both have their pros and cons.
Posted 01 February 2006 - 08:08 PM
The files are at 150 dpi, so they should print reasonably well, but if you would like higher-res versions, I can do that too.
Posted 02 February 2006 - 05:43 PM
Did you see that Lee Valley Tool has workbench plans available for $10.50 also? These are more woodworker oriented than the Lowe's plans I sent you... designed for a solid wood top, it seems. 3 different versions available: Veritas, Modern, and Traditional... all with options for round dog holes, etc.
Here's the link:
Posted 04 February 2006 - 07:19 PM
I have ordered a Sjobergs Woodworking Workbench with the storage cabinet. Woodcraft has a 10% off sale today for about $550 including shipping.
Nordic 1660. A mid-sized bench, the 1660 is 61" long, with a maximum clamping distance of 71-1/4" (vises mounted on both ends). Bench weight is 73 lb, shipping weight is 76 lb.
Nordic Plus Storage Cabinet. Illustrated beneath a Nordic 1450. Features include two sliding doors with access to a large 24-1/4" x 15" x 15" open cabinet and four drawers measuring 3-1/2" x 12-1/4" x 12-1/4" each. Entire case measures 38-3/4" x 18" x 17-5/16". Includes a new set of stretchers, assembly required.
This is a lighter bench than I really want, but it will work well in the basement where my "winter" shop is being set up, or in the garage. It is light enough to move around.
I really like the looks of that Verita bench and it would be heavy enough to stay put. The cost of the plan set is not too much either, but I need to decide which one to order.....
Posted 04 February 2006 - 07:30 PM
Posted 04 February 2006 - 08:23 PM
I wondered about the slot in the veritas bench too. My guess is that perhaps it's there to (1) allow for more clamping options, (2) make it possible to use the bench for cutting down large stock by cutting over the slot, and (3) have a place to toss round tools like chisels, etc. without them rolling off the bench.
I'm guessing though. That's what I would use it for.
Posted 04 February 2006 - 08:49 PM
That Veritas is a nice bench by the way. My bench, which you have seen, is the Traditional style. I would prefer the Modern, which with my filler in place, I have, except I have the shoulder vise of the traditional..
Posted 04 February 2006 - 09:22 PM
I am thinking that a bench should weigh in at about 150 Lbs or more to be solid feeling. Does this sound about right?
A 30x60 maple top from Granger is about $270 with shipping, then I estimate another $100 for the trestle, and another $150 for two vises, and to build a cabinet underneath, maybe $200 or so. I also would need a wheel system for moving it about.
Posted 27 January 2007 - 10:43 AM
Posted 27 January 2007 - 11:26 AM
I bought one from Woodcraft and am very happy with it. You are right about not having enough work bench space, but it does force me to clean up more often, which I always seem to need to do.
How stable is the one with wheels on it? I like a really solid feel to a bench when using the chisels or hand planes.