Woodworking in the great white north.

Archive for November, 2010

Workbench redesign – location, location, location

Before I can really get into designing the workbench, I’ve come to the conclusion that I have to establish the location first.  The reason this makes a big difference is that the workbench will either be integrated into my main outfeed bench (as it currently is) or it will be an independent bench entirely.  Ya, ya, I just made life a whole lot more complicated.  In fact, this is dangerously close to becoming a discussion about workshop layout in general.  I’ll try to rein myself in and not drift too far off topic.

For this post, I want to focus on where the workbench will be and that in turn will help me to determine if I leverage one of the existing lab benches as a base, or build a workbench on its own.  Trust me, I’ll show you some drawings and it will all make sense.

Workbench redesign – analysis of the bench

This is my workbench as it stands today.  I accept that my workbench has no resemblence whatsoever to anything you will find in a book by Chris Schwarz or Scott Landis.  This bench has evolved over time and is now approaching the point of needing to evolve again in order to support my ever changing woodworking behaviour.  This will be the first in a series of posts about how I plan to evolve my workbench, the actual changes that take place and my experiences with the workbench throughout the process.

Tool addiction poll

Since I started woodworking, I’ve found my tool addiction has changed from time to time. Lately I’ve found myself torn between getting more premium hand tools, making my own tools and looking for bargain ‘old users’ in flea markets/etc. Don’t get me wrong, I still like the smell of new power tools, but more and more I’m justifying the cost of a good hand tool. Years ago this would have been ludicrous…$80 for a chisel? I can get 10 for $5 at the bargain store! How little I knew….or, how much I’ve been pulled to the dark side.

So…where are you in your journey through tool addiction?