OK, I have decided to build myself a new bench.
After much review etc, this is what I have come up with.
I had a few parameters
1. A bench that I could build at my skill level, beginner (less than two years but improving quite nicely)
2. Economical, all wood is 2x8s or 2x4s Doug Fir framing lumber.
3. Bench height at 36″ (I am 6-0″ tall)
4. Not too big, don’t have the room, 22.5″x 6′-0″
Again the thought was to keep it simple, fun to build and practical.
Your thoughts, suggestions etc would be appreciated.
Lee Valley sells a pipe vise as well, if you are interested. It’s basically a pipe clamp with a base that mounts under your bench like a normal vise. It has a quick release and you can rotate the vise plate.
I have one that I used for a while. I found that I like a normal vise as an end vise better but the pipe vise is something to consider.
Bearer installed on first leg.
Quite a few changes since the original design;
Poplar not douglas fir. Found the quality of the wood was superior. Cleaner, straighter and square cut.
38″ height. Tested it out and liked it more than the 36″.
Mortise and tenon joints. Decided to challenge myself. So far so good.