Workbench For Mere Mortals
Workbench for mere mortals is post about For The Shop bookmarked by charles with ID 13901051133 was uploaded on 13-01-2019 and has been viewed 336,075 times.
Most of you know that I've had a huge 4′ x 8′ workbench in the middle of my shop for years.When I built it, I reasoned that its size would be handy for cutting full sheets of plywood and for assembling large projects.
It took me over ten years to figure out that I rarely need that much work surface and I prefer to break down sheet goods in the driveway.It also took me that long to realize that my shop was feeling needlessly cramped, especially for shooting video.
DOWNSIZED WORKBENCH The new workbench is similar in design to my old one, and I was able to recycle much its lumber.For the kind of building I do, I don't require a traditional 'woodworking' bench, such as a hand-tool user needs for holding down work pieces for chiseling and hand planing.
When I require hold-downs, a clamp hrabbing the edge of the bench works fine.What I do require in a bench is strength and stability.Something I can pound on and abuse! The structure of this workbench is all made with 2x4s.
For the top, I glued together two pieces of 3/4″ (19mm) plywood, making it beefy and perfectly flat.I like to tack...