Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Flexible Bench

After years of having workbenches connected to walls, I am enjoying the walkaround freedom and ability to easily work on stuff like this garden gate:

I want to miss having tools hanging on the wall, but I am actually really digging working out of the chest.

Just some datapoints. Everyone is going to have to find what works for them on their own.


  1. I have my work bench so that I can walk around it. I kept hearing that it should be up against the wall so I moved it there. Hated it .. and moved it back. Bet you're never going to want it against the wall again.

  2. Oh, how I would love to have a shop that's big enough to pull my bench away from the wall! Nice bench by the way.

  3. When I get my new studio built, I will be sure to try that out. Right now I am working out of a barely manageable space. The bench has to be against the wall. for certain projects, I've pulled it out to the center of the room and really liked being able to get to the whole surface easily. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about it, Rob.

  4. I've gone back and forth on this. My plan was to always put my future bench against a wall, with tool racks on the wall above. My current bench, however, sits out in the middle of the room, and I'm afraid I've become just too used to being able to work on all four sides. When I build my larger bench it's also going to be put out from the wall. The way I see it, there are two reasons for having a bench against a wall - 1. you lack the space to have it any other way, and 2. your bench needs the stability of being up against a sturdy wall.



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