Either you are a newbie or a professional in woodworking, it is always great to have a tool that could make any of your job easier. Of course you want to step up your woodworking game. That’s why I think you should have this workbench.
Basically a workbench is a table but you didn’t use it like an ordinary table, this is where you do your woodworking activity. It’s a work-holding system that holds as much as it could holds when it was designed, all of the work-holding mechanism. Those mechanisms are jigs, fixtures, collets, bench dogs, board jacks, planning stops, and vises.
Of course there are always two options when it comes to tools in woodworking, you could either buy or build it. If you are a newbie to the woodworking, it would be safer for you to buy it but there are a lot of ideas that you could probably pull it off. For those professional woodworker, you probably want to build it yourself since you could custom it based on what you need.
Because you will be doing all of the works on the workbench, so it has to be heavy so while you are working on it, the workbench doesn’t move, and of course it has to be strong enough to hold the work-holding mechanism and the hard work happening on top of it. Using a high quality woods is a bonus and of course the result will be more solidbut it’s not really necessary, just the best that you could afford hardwood is advised.
There are a lot of workbench plans on the Internet, you just need to choose the one that you could really do and the one that suits you. I’m going to give you the rough ideas of the workbench types.
A Classic Bench
The classic bench is usually equipped with shoulder, tail vises, and steel dogs. The steel dogs is for holding up the woods that you are working on, it has to be able to hold the woods in any positions so you will have the flexibility while working. It also has to be strong so could still holding up the woods while you have been doing the jobs on it.
A Traditional Workbench
A traditional workbench is more complicated than the classic bench. Probably only a professional woodworker that could build it because it’s not only complicated but it also need a lot of tools. You will need chisels, clamps, dado sets, dowel and dowel jigs, drill bits, drill presses, hand drills, jointers, miter gauges, radial arm saws, routers, table saws, vises, and glues. Also, maybe not a lot of people use this type of workbench anymore since there are other types of workbench that is easier and works wonderful too.
There will the times when you need to deal with small parts of the woods, that’s when this kind of workbench becomes the savior. This mini workbench will be clamped on top of the regular workbench. This workbench is equipped with dog holes, vises, hand tools, tools to make joinery, and other tools that you might need to use for any detailed jobs.
This is very simple and suits for the beginners. Plywood is the wood that has been suggested because it’s flat, easy to replace, and no need to glue them or any of that. This workbench consists of the drawers and two shelves, yes only these two parts. Besides it’s simple, it probably only takes one day to make it, it’s strong, and will long last.
What are the difference between this and other simple or easy workbench is that to build this workbench you only need two tools, drill and circular saw. You could just use the woods from your local shop.
Cabinet Case Workbench
This type of workbench looks like a cabinet. This workbench consists of the benchtop and a lot of drawers. Those drawers could keep a lot of your tools. This workbench is strong and solid, the bench top is made from several thick boards. In terms of features, it’s basic what you need to work with such as vises, aprons, and bench dogs. Some designs might have wheels beneath it so it would be easy to move it around.
The material to make this workbench is plywood. Basically, there are three levels, the work surface, the bottom shelf, and the top shelf. It’s simple and solid so you are able to do any woodworking on it. Just add the bench vise, you could also put on lamp, pegboard to help organize your tools and also it’s easier to find them, and power strips to help you if you need to use any of the power tools.