Many home handymen and woodworkers will have all of the latest hand and power tools and yet never seem to get around to building a workbench so that they can work efficiently. These workbench plans will make your life much easier in the long run and should be considered a
must have as part of your collection of woodworking tools.
Always read the workbench plans carefully and make sure that there is enough information provided for you to be able to complete the project - before you invest in materials. Some of the plans are excellent, giving a great deal of instruction in text, pictures and drawings while other plans are only drawings and still others are only sketches.
Choosing the correct workbench:
When considering which workbench to build you should take into account the type of work you do. If you do a lot of heavy mechanical work, such as car and truck repair you will need a very sturdy, heavy-duty, workbench. If on the other hand the purpose of the workbench is for crafts, a light duty workbench will be more than sufficient.
Heavy duty work benches are generally stationary. They are built and positioned in a location where they do not move. Light duty work benches can be built using wheels, allowing them to be brought out from a wall or other location into a position where they will work best.
For woodworking, you should consider a woodworkers vise, as shown in Figure 1, on one side and on one end of the workbench. For mechanical you should consider the addition of a bench vise to your workbench. A vise attached to the workbench can be one of the best tools you can have.
You may also want to consider adding a top that can be replaced if it gets damaged. If you are a woodworker, or involved in crafts, then the best top is Masonite. If you do automotive repair then you should consider adding a sheet of steel of aluminum to the top to prevent oil and grease from penetrating the wooden workbench.
These workbench plans are for the novice to intermediate woodworker.