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post #1 of 30 Old 07-29-2014, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Work bench width

Have my top glued up and rough flattened. Sadly only at 16 1/2 the other boards had to many issues to use. Should I add a couple more? Do you think I will have issues with it at this width?
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16 1/2" is pretty narrow for a workbench, you only have to do this once so I would add a few more boards, getting it to 32+" would be a better width.

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I do have an assembly table. 32 would be to wide. I building a roubo bench. Was hoping for atleast 20+ in or so. I'm thinking 161/2 will probably rock on the width
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I would build as big of a work bench as space allows. I have the space so mine are 4'x8'.
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16" sounds more like a bench to sit on than work on.

Guess Im not sure what the difference is between a work bench and an assembly table, but I suppose my first reaction would be weight and stability. If you clamp a peice onto the table, is it going to try and tip over on me when I use a plane?
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IMO, 27-30" is a good width if it is not going to be against the wall. if against a wall, then 24" is a better width.
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I would add more and get to the 30"-36"+ range. This bench can last you a lifetime so try and do it right the first time and you'll be happier. Your workbench pic is looking top heavy.

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My bench is 32" wide by 16' long.
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Against the wall with a backsplash, 21" x 72" x 37" high, but I built it specifically to work on guitars 30 years ago. I also had a borrowed Craftsman twin-tube lathe and mounted it to the bench, so that's why the odd cross braces are there.

Now it's my only workbench and it is wide enough about 95% of the time but I don't usually build large projects. If I had room I would definitely have a longer, wider, and lower assembly table.

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I've noticed these Roubo benches are narrow. Why is that the case? Is it just a hand tool work bench?

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I've noticed these Roubo benches are narrow. Why is that the case? Is it just a hand tool work bench?

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Yes. More so a tool. Hold a piece secure for cutting, planing, making joinery. But not limited to hand tools.
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I've noticed these Roubo benches are narrow. Why is that the case? Is it just a hand tool work bench?

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I always thought that it was so you could easily work from either side without having a long reach, I don't think there were many power tools around when Roubo designed them.

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Ok I'm up to about 27 in which is good for my space and needs . 2 5x5 cedar listed as pine at hd. Smells great. Better than my sweaty ass right now. Just hand planed them
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So I can work on my bench and store my wool blankets too. Lol
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I would build as big of a work bench as space allows. I have the space so mine are 4'x8'.

I also have a 4'x8', but just one.
Bench can never can be big enough.
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With what I do I guess a traditional work bench is best. Having a narrow bench would drive me up the wall. But I'm sure those that build them will make them work well. I've seem some really beautiful Roubo benches.

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I work in my basement. So limited space. Plus support polls. Frustrating
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I work in my basement. So limited space. Plus support polls. Frustrating
Really? Send us a picture so we can tell you in 100 posts how to install a beam header and jerk the post out. :)

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16 1/2" is pretty narrow for a workbench, you only have to do this once so I would add a few more boards, getting it to 32+" would be a better width.
A narrow bench, unless fastened to a wall will tip/wobble at the slightest force applied across it. Forces applied down the length will be fine, but not across.

To alleviate this issue many narrow benches have been made with wider feet at the bottom which creates another issue. You have to watch where you stand to avoid the feet.

Mass and width are best for a "workbench" where planing forces will be used routinly. An assembly bench is just a large platform on lower legs to allow for gluing, clamping, fastening and other
low force tasks ...painting etc.


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