THE WELL-RESEARCHED BENCH
After much agonizing, the author opts for a traditional design.
SHOP OWNER: Tim Celeski
LOCATION: Seattle, WA
We've all heard it before: "A good workbench really is the most important tool in the shop." For me, it's even more. My entire woodworking hobby started a little over two years ago with building a workbench as my very first project. Though I'm entirely self taught, I've learned a lot since then and look back and still consider it as the pivotal event that both motivated me and gave me the confidence to pursue the hobby seriously. Now that I just finished my second one, I can again say that building a bench is a very satisfying and educational experience and I highly recommend it.
The more serious I got about woodworking, the more I wanted a heavy maple bench in the traditional European style. Lots of examples of that out there. But, easily the hardest thing about building this workbench was the two years it took for me to agonize over what kind of design I wanted to build. I think I must have read every book and article on workbenches, and picked up every plan I could find. I waffled back and forth for the longest time between a grid-style modern round dog bench like the Veritas bench and a European style bench with square dogs. In the end, the traditional style tail vise and strong square dogs were the deciding factors in determining the design. After that, all the other design decisions went very fast.
To see additional photos and design information go to:
http://www.workbenchdesign.net. . . Tim Celeski
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