In my shop I have 4 work surfaces within about 4 steps of each other with 3 walls to hang things on behind them. It’s a unique space and works pretty well when I don’t let the clutter build up on the benches. So why am I considering another work bench?
I need a portable work bench and now I’m on a timeline to complete it. I need it functional and transportable by March 15. Ugh! While timelines can be annoying, they can also be a driving factor to get something complete. I will be using the bench on our spring trip to Gulf Wars in Mississippi. While there, I will be doing a fair amount of teaching and need a good work surface. I will also be using it at future SCA events, as well as woodworking shows and demos.
Required criteria for my bench:
- Small enough to fit in the bed of my truck when broken down.
- Stable enough to plane across a board not to tip over.
- Heavy enough not to be sliding around during typical use.
- Friendly for different clamping methods.
Things I want in my bench:
- Leg vise, as I have been told that once you get used to it, its the only vise you really need.
- An end vise, this will allow for what I envision as a great plane making space.
- Square bench dog holes inline with the end vise for surface clamping.
- Holes in appropriate locations on the surface for holdfasts, again for surface clamping.
As for materials, there are a lot to choose from for various reasons. I am going to use materials I already have on hand, to help clean off some of my shelves in the shop. The material is 3/4″ x 13/16″ oak that I have been hording for 8 years. Despite the large amount of glue up, it will be a good use of the materials.
Next to do some drawings and come up with some dimensions.