Workbench buy/make/hybrid advice
#38
  Re: RE: Workbench buy/make/hybrid advice by djcook50 (I’ve been using this...)
(08-21-2021, 09:34 AM)djcook50 Wrote: I’ve been using this Grizzly (ShopFox) workbench frame with a maple top from Woodcraft for about 15 years.  It has worked great.  I put a base cabinet in it with drawers.  The cabinet top serves as a shelf under the main top for tools, sandpaper bits, etc.  I mounted a woodworking vise and drilled holes in the top.  It has served me well,  it’s heavy, has adjustable feet, doesn’t budge when handplaning and got me going on other things I wanted to make.

https://www.grizzly.com/products/shop-fo...stem/d2910



Dave

Thanks, Dave. I'll definitely consider this as one of my options.
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#39
  Re: RE: Workbench buy/make/hybrid advice by Handplanesandmore ([quote='Cooler' pid=...)
(08-20-2021, 12:58 PM)Handplanesandmore Wrote: The legs must not be attached to the top just by themselves as they won't be strong enough to resist racking.

This is a better structure (under $300):

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Gladiator-Modul...1000341801

Simon

If you look at the legs there is a lower cross brace for a bottom shelf and it is drilled in the front and back for plywood which will give it the lateral stability you are worried about.  I used peg board on the back  and that worked dual purposes offering the stability as well as additional storage.  This is not the same as the one I have.  It appears to have holes stamped for 110 volt wall outlets.

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#40
  Re: Workbench buy/make/hybrid advice by tedrussell ([b]Long intro:[/b] ...)
Since you posted this in the Woodworking and not the Hand Tools Forum, I'm guessing you're not using the bench primarily in a hand tool environment. Also, if you've been working wood for 50 years, you're at least my age, if not older. My back ain't what it used to me, and I get tired quicker than when i was younger. I would go the hybrid approach. Get the guy to build you a basic table and go with your current plan. Flattening the top is easy enough if you build a router sled or with hand tools. If there's a cabinet shop near you, you may also consider having the guy build just the table top, and take it to the cabinet shop and have them plane it flat. Many cabinet shops will do that for you for a nominal fee - or maybe even for free.
Still Learning,

Allan Hill
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#41
  Re: Workbench buy/make/hybrid advice by tedrussell ([b]Long intro:[/b] ...)
Lots of great ideas here as well as options. Many years ago I built the European workbench featured in Woodsmith #50. I used salvaged lumber at the time (wouldn't recommend this - that was then, this is now). It has served me well for my purposes; it was a lot of work but I enjoyed it at the time.

When it was current I never missed an episode of the New Yankee Workshop. I always thought Norm Abram was quite the craftsman and a great "storyteller", i.e. he has a very nice teaching style IMO.

Here is a very basic workbench that was the subject of one of his shows (the video is pretty detailed). Hopefully you will get some ideas or if you like it, even have your friend build a version of it for you.

Good luck,

Doug
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#42
  Re: RE: Workbench buy/make/hybrid advice by Tapper (Lots of great ideas ...)
Thanks, Doug. I'll check it out.



(08-29-2021, 07:19 AM)Tapper Wrote: Lots of great ideas here as well as options. Many years ago I built the European workbench featured in Woodsmith #50. I used salvaged lumber at the time (wouldn't recommend this - that was then, this is now). It has served me well for my purposes; it was a lot of work but I enjoyed it at the time.

When it was current I never missed an episode of the New Yankee Workshop. I always thought Norm Abram was quite the craftsman and a great "storyteller", i.e. he has a very nice teaching style IMO.

Here is a very basic workbench that was the subject of one of his shows (the video is pretty detailed). Hopefully you will get some ideas or if you like it, even have your friend build a version of it for you.

Good luck,

Doug
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#43
  Re: Workbench buy/make/hybrid advice by tedrussell ([b]Long intro:[/b] ...)
I am of the persuasion that making your bench is the way to go.

After completing mine I realize that it is a daunting task, but, there is nothing like standing by and working at a bench that you made.

Very satisfying and rewarding.
John
Formerly known as John's Woodshop
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#44
  Re: Workbench buy/make/hybrid advice by tedrussell ([b]Long intro:[/b] ...)
I can't help much with the whole bench, but I have been struggling with hand tool work that I've recently begun doing more of on my assembly table.

Watched this video today and will be building it soon as a solid work around until I build a proper bench.

https://youtu.be/hQGK6pdMo_A
Semper fi,
Brad

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