Forget What You Know About Workbenches
Simple system of beams and bases does everything a traditional bench can, and more
Synopsis: Josh Finn’s workbench is a model of versatility. It features two long, narrow torsion-box beams with Homasote tops and melamine bottoms. The beams rest on two wide bases that have a sawhorse-type design. You can build this inexpensive bench in less than a day. It can accommodate any task that can be done on a traditional bench, can be set up on different configurations for any job, and can be broken down and stored out of the way. The Homasote and melamine offer interchangeable work surfaces that are great for sanding, finishing, and mounting benchtop machines.
From Fine Woodworking #202
When I opened my first shop 12 years ago after years of apprenticing with other woodworkers, one of my first decisions was about my bench. I needed something that could accommodate the usual handwork for furniture making—planing, chiseling, and sawing—but I also wanted a bench that could serve as…