Popular Woodworking 2007-06 № 162, страница 27

Popular Woodworking 2007-06 № 162, страница 27




Setting Up Shop:

Rules for Workbenches


hen it comes to building or buying a bench, most woodworkers get wrapped up in what form it should take. Should it be a continental bench popularized by Frank Klausz? A Shaker bench like the one at the Hancock community? How about a British version like Ian Kirby's?

Copying a well-known form is a natural tack to take. After all, when

woodworkers buy or build their first workbench, they are in the early stages of learning the craft. They don't know what sort of bench or vises they need, or why one bench looks different than another. So they pick a form that looks good to them - occasionally mixing and matching bits and pieces from different forms - and get busy.

That, I believe, is the seed of the

problem with workbenches today. Many commercial workbenches are missing key functions that make work-holding easier. And many classic bench forms get built with modifications that make them frustrating in use.

What's worse, the user might not even know that he or she is struggling. Woodworking is a solitary pursuit, and it's rare to use someone else's bench.

Holes for holdfasts to support long work

This workbench form is uncommon today, but it is still a sound bench because it allows


you to perform all of the critical workbench operations with relative ease. Benches are a triumph of function over form.

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