A Not So Plain Plane – woodworking bench

Thinking about how to get some great woodworking bench plans? I consider myself to have average carpentry skills and have always wanted to build a wood bench in my backyard where my wife and I can sit and watch the kids play, but I struggle with how to design one.

There are two basic types of bench vise: the “front vise” and the “end vise”. A front vise is most often stationed at the left corner of the long edge of the work bench. A front vise is great for holding a drawer side upright while you cut the tails of a dovetail joint, or holding a board edge-up horizontally for hand planing, or for any number of other tasks that require a solid hold on the workpiece and for both of you hands to be free.

Every novice woodworker must understand the intricacies and importance of all the details that are mentioned here. These basics will certainly help you in going a long way in this field.

1 – Gather the Materials

The screw diameter and the diameter to the alignment rods make the most difference when it comes to keeping the vise’s jaws parallel with one another when you tighten it down. A 7/8” diameter screw and equally husky rods offer enough rigidity to keep the jaws from flexing outward at the top under any normal working condition. Also, it’s important to note that most quality vises use a “toe in” design, meaning that the outer jaw tilts inward slightly to account for outward flexing and to apply the greatest pressure at the top of the jaws where it is most needed.

It is important to point out that whether working with either soft or hard woods, different types are available and it is important to determine this in relation to what wish to make. Taking hard woods for example, while some are dark in color others are light. They are also different in texture.

Where does one begin if you want to start out in woodworking? There are many ways to start out; you can either take a woodwork shop class at your local community center or collage. You can subscribe to magazines or take out books at the library, or the best way, you can simply dive straight in. There is no right or wrong way to start woodworking as a hobby. It all depends on your ability and how competent you are in using the tools required to complete a project.

One area you need to pay close attention to while constructing your woodworking bench is the legs. Because the legs will definitely absorb a lot of working pressure and force, they need to be as strong as possible. You need to make use of hardwood of right dimensions in constructing legs. You also need to ensure that the joinery you apply between the legs and frames is strong enough. Note that you can construct a permanent or a portable woodworking bench that you will be able to move from one room to another.

After you cut the pieces down to size you’ll need to attach the frames and legs together so that the top can be fitted. Either use the lag screws to do that or alternatively, if your woodworking plan asks for different srews, use those instead.

There are about 15 student benches in the workshop. If I look under each of them what we would find is either a Clifton plane or a Lie Nielsen plane. We have had Veritas planes in the workshop they were fashionable at one time but we have had real problems with them maintaining absolute flatness of the sole over a period of time. This may well have been a manufacturing problem that they’ve overcome but we haven’t seen more recently manufactured planes in order to test them so we cannot recommend Veritas at the moment.