Features to look for in a workbench design
Synopsis: A joiner’s bench is long and narrow with a vise along the side and at one end. Chair makers frequently work on a low platform called a framing bench. All good benches share features you will want to include in any bench you are making or acquiring, says Michael Dunbar. It must be sturdy; it should be heavy. It shouldn’t move around, and it should be wide enough to handle the jobs you normally do. The height is possibly the most critical dimension, and the most personal. And bear in mind that it’s easy to raise the height but harder to lower it.
It is almost impossible to work wood without a workbench. It ranks as one of the most important fixtures in a shop. In fact, the more extensive your woodworking experience the more likely you are to have more than one bench. I have…