i am getting ready to build a workbench. it will my first one so i have been doing my homework and research trying to figure what looks like will work for me.
at this point i have pretty much decided to build the “essential” workbench which i believe was published in FWW magazine. i also found a great article in PopularWoodworking.com called “Rules for Workbenchs. It really simplifies a lot of questions.
So, my questions have less to do with joinery and mass as i have decided to build it heavy and strong (those walnut 4×4 from my other post are mine) using through-mortise and tenons with a 3 to 4″ thick top.
I am now focused on
a. whether or not to use sleds under the legs
– i like the look of the sleds but i like the ability to easily cut the legs for a height change if need be in the future.
b. whether or not to place the legs flush with the edges of the top
-i suppose flush = no sleds.
-i think flush would be good for more abilty to secure work to the bench using clamps or dogs. but recessed may mean more room for my body (no leg on leg contact)
c. 1 stringer or 2.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.