The Wired Workbench
Readers help us design the perfect power-tool workstation
Synopsis: When the editors of FWW decided to build a bench designed for power tools, they had to throw out much of what they’d always felt a typical workbench should be. This is not a bench designed for handplaning, but for routing, drilling, sanding, and other power-tool techniques. So it has a built-in source of electricity and dust collection, it’s taller than traditional benches, and it’s wider. The front and tail vises are replaced by a simple but effective clamping system; the benchdogs have softer heads that won’t dent workpieces; and locking casters underneath the bench make it mobile.
From Fine Woodworking #223
In a modern shop, a lot of work gets done with power tools such as routers, biscuit joiners, and randomorbit sanders. But most of us use them on benches designed around handplaning, which means everything from the height to the mass to the vises…