Originally Posted by AwesomeOpossum74
6'x6' shop space? Not much room to move around, much less build a project larger than a box. Respect.
Yep! It's a challenge. There was room for me, a sawbench, my workbench, and my Dutch tool chest. I could expand a few feet in each direction while I was working, but everything had to be back inside if I left. I built a pair of toy chests for my nephews in it, which was an adventure, especially trying to get 10' boards in for cutting. Final assembly took the whole floor space, and I had to paint them on the dining table!
Size aside, the weight and stoutness of a bench is very important for hand tool woodworking to minimize bouncing and racking.
My bench is 8'x3'. That's way too big for me, because the whole left side (I'm left handed, so my face vice is on the right) is just extra horizontal space for me to pile crap on. The 3ft depth is good, though I'd like a tool well to help keep the top clear. 5'x3' might be a better fit for me.
* that reminds me; I need to finish rebuilding my fried Sunbeam mixer. It's spread out all over my workbench and I can't get anything else done.[/QUOTE]
Hah! Yeah, the first bench I built was attached to a wall at the house I was living at, and was something like 10' by 3'. It was far, far, too big. Then I was on 4'x2' for five or six years, and I have a lot more experience than I did. I'm actually figuring on 6 or 7 feet long, depending on how the material breaks down, and about 18 inches deep, including a small tool well. I rarely use more than the first 12" of my current bench unless I'm doing assembly, and I've now got a separate table for that.
Also, good luck with the mixer. What's wrong with it?
I've looked at both of those, and just re-watched the one from Rex Kreuger yesterday. His looks pretty much like the one Paul Sellers advocates, which is one I've considered.
I'm not a big fan of drawers, although I thought I would be. On my current bench I have a shelf about 5" down from the top (just enough for my holdfasts to clear it), and I keep a few things on that shelf. The lower area holds part trays with fasteners, a strop, and my smaller set of diamond plates. Each time I've tried enclosing anything down there, I've immediately given up and gone back to just a big open space. It's just annoying to have to unclamp something if I want to get to the screws.
Thanks for the suggestions, though! Input is always welcome.