I’ve moved recently and am living in a rental house for a year. I’ve got a single car garage to do my woodworking in but I had to leave my bench across the country.
My old bench was the Paul Sellers design from youtube and I liked it a lot but I learned some things working on it. For instance the tool well let me pile up tools and lose them and the 3′ wide surface (2-4X12 beams separated by a 2X12 well) was mostly wasted.
I want to stick with Paul’s design for the undercarriage. It was strong, rigid, but allows me to be quite versatile in experimenting with the top.
I’m considering building a shorter, narrower bench for this house. I’ve considered using the design from Paul’s “Working Wood” book, which has one laminated beam bench top with a well behind it, or creating a wider laminated beam, say 18″ or so with a narrower well behind that. Alternatively I have considered building one wide laminated beam, say 24″ with a small vertical tool rack placed just inside the apron of the far edge.
I’m also considering only fastening the top on the vise side of the bench to the undercarriage, leaving 8″ to 10″ of top next to the offside apron where I can experiment with loose beams, tool racks, tool wells, etc without having to tear half the bench apart.
Any thoughts or experiences with different bench top layouts?
I do mostly small work right now but I’m interested in starting some larger pieces this year.
Why yes, as a matter of fact I HAVE been accused of over thinking before. Why do you ask?
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