Before looking into workbenches, you first have to ask whether you need one or if you can do with something similar. Once your set then you can start thinking about how to build around your workbench. You want it to be sturdy so adding mass is a good way to make sure it stands the test of time. You’ll want to use stout joints and pick wood based on stiffness. Use a design that is known to work and make sure you will have all the space you need.
- Some woodworkers simply buy a bench with a familiar design, even though it may not meet their particular needs.
- A stiff, common, and inexpensive type of wood is usually the best choice for your bench.
- If your bench has a shiny film finish, it will crack and your work will scatter all over the bench.
“I’ve been stunned by how awful some workbenches can be at some tasks, and I’ve also seen brilliantly realized designs.”