Wood Workbench

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Without a quality wood workbench you're forced to find other work-arounds to get the most out of your tools. A workbench is the foundation for all your woodworking projects, no matter how big or small, and comes with an array of features designed to make the carpenter's job much more convenient. Most of all, though, it gives you a central stage on which your cabinets, doors, chairs, or decorative crafts can take shape.

As with all woodworking accessories, there's a full spectrum of benches designed for workers of various skill levels and budgets. A novice craftsman who's just beginning to dabble with inlay and engraving clearly does not need a six-foot bench with 30 peg holes and custom clamps. By the same token, a professional builder will be hard-pressed to make use of a no-frills six-and-a-half-inch-wide starter bench.

The Features of Your Wood Workbench

There are some extras that are really are extravagances when it comes to workbenches, but others that are indispensable. Any serious carpenter cannot do without at least one heavy-duty vise built into his or her workbench. Ideally, you'll find a pair of vises, as well as a center drawer to keep supplies and plans, and a tool holder for storing your hammers and air nailers while you're rotating your work.

You also want to search for wood workbenches that fit the look and scale of your workshop. If you've got all cast-iron or steel shelves throughout your basement, maybe a metal workbench would suit you better. Similarly, if you only have a few feet in which to work, don't waste your money (or space) on a six-foot bench that will only get in your way.

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