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Question Of The Week... (2021 week 23)

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I know we all face limited space issues, but would an ideal philosophy be to have a hand tool/power tool bench and a separate assembly bench?
What are your opinions on this?








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I have my bench and a 30x60 heavy old metal desk with formica top. The desk is what I glue on. glue scrapes off easily. I finish and stain on it also.
you can never have enough space...
 

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I basicly have 2 benches, one is where the vise is and I beat on it. The other is the outfeed table for my tablesaw. I make them with formica tops so glue drips are easy to clean up. The outfeed table basicly gives me a 4x5 assembly and finishing work surface. Most of my tools and work surfaces are dual purpose.
 

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It certainly saves time to have two separate work spaces. Most of the time I just deal with it but when I started building my guitar it really helped having a separate work area - I used my go bar deck for one area and glue ups, and my regular work bench for shaping braces etc.
 

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That something I thought about at length when I decided to get serious about woodworking in general. Initially my interests were to refurb/restore antique furniture and make furniture so it (having 2 or more tables) made the best sense. Now I just do woodturning and some flatwork. One table to prep blanks or assemble, the other for finishing or inlay.
There is one other permanent table and it’s for loading shells.
 

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In an ideal situation that would be awesome,however, any bench space I have very quickly becomes a space for everything but what it was intended for.
 

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I have two benches I can do work at.

One is a higher height bench, attached to the wall, that is the perfect height for me to do small work on while standing. Here's a pic from right after I finished building it.

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My other workbench, where most of the work is done, whether it's hand or power tool work or assembly, also doubles as my outfeed table.

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If I had no space limitations (there's only so much you can fit into a 2 car garage!), I'd have the following benches:
1. Higher level bench/counter like I have.
2. Dedicated large outfeed table.
3. Dedicated assembly table - adjustable height to help with building larger pieces would be great.
4. Hardwood workbench (like the one I just built, but longer) for hand and power tool work.

But, since I am limited in space, what I have works well for me. I do have a small folding table I can set up if I need a little more horizontal space during a project.
 
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