Woodworking workbench notes

Notes on building a woodworking workbench out of solid wood

I found a great 10 years air dried beech resource, 500m from home.

My bits ot beech:

1 Possible builds

1.1 One slab top, with thin legs

The top would be a single slab, just south of 80mm, maybe 70mm to account for twist.

  • 2*2300*550*80
    • 1 full for the top
    • 1 full for the legs
  • 2*2300*450*80
    • 3/4 to 1, maybe less for the long stretchers
    • 0.5 to 1 for the short stretchers

Nothing left for the rest, maybe the planning stop.

part number length width thickness   #pieces
top 1 2000 600 60 90 1
legs 4 1000 150 60 36 1
long 2 2000 150 60 36 0.75
short 4 800 150 60 28.8 0.5
aprons 1 2000 250 0 0 1
jaw 1 1000 250     0.5

1.2 Thicker laminated top

if we were to consider the top to be a little to thin, we would need to laminate together boards. We would cut 10cm strips out of the first board.

part number length width thickness   #pieces
top 7 2000 100 60 90 1.5

I am not sure whether a thicker top is necessary though. Even 70mm of beech is pretty strong.

1.3 Thicker legs?

No, 150x80 is plenty.

1.4 3 slabs top with normal legs

3 slabs forming a dual split top, with 20mm dowels to keep the slabs aligned.

Legs are 80x150mm thick, tilted at a 15deg angle, to improve stability and racking.

The long sides feature either a sliding dead man or an apron. The short ends will only have a bread board ends, to keep the slabs organized.

2 Accessories

2.3 Screws for vices

Wooden ones are very pricy (I should make some actually):

The metal ones are cheaper, maybe quite as good tough:

The used ones are not that cheap either, less than the new ones from veritas:

2.4 Holdfasts

Veritas stopped making the nice excentric ones, so I'll go with other 20mm ones.