Confessions of a Frustrated Woodworker - Part I: The Workbench
Last summer I built the Paul Sellers Nicholson-style knockdown bench. You can follow the build progress here
. It was my first bench, built with a bare minimum of tools and experience. Now that I have a bit more of both, I feel like the bench is holding me back.
1. This bench is not designed for preparing rough stock. Paul prepares all of his stock with machines, which I don't have and probably never will. As sadistic as it sounds, I enjoy the process (frustrating as it is on this bench). I find myself wanting a real dog system, complete with end vise or wagon vise.
2. Limited clamping options. Due to the aprons, you can't really use much of the bench surface to clamp against. And because the face vise isn't flush with the front apron, you can't really use the front apron as a clamping surface. The tool well prohibits using the entire back side of the bench - so all you're left with are the ends.
3. It's too narrow. Nuff said here. It's okay for small projects, but becomes a problem for anything bigger than a bread basket.
4. It's not long enough (that's what she said). Ever since the CEO approved using the entire 2-car garage as my shop, my bench keeps looking smaller and smaller.
Guess I just needed to air my grievances. I think I'm going to build a new bench - a Roubo style this time. With more goodies.