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Is there a workbench "type" reference?

If you read the woodworking forums there are two classic books on the subject of workbench design in English and I think both compare features and usefulness a you're hoping. The first is by Scott ...
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Laminating 2x4s - brush on the glue?

I have several suggestions for gluing this type of slab. The glue does not spread itself. Always distribute it evenly before making contact between pieces. You can do this using a brush or a roller....
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Garage work bench compound miter saw position

Why do people position the saw in the middle why not at one end with a small overlap on the short side? Part of the reason people put the saw in the middle is so that they can cut miters from both ...
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Are some workbench features not suitable for a softwood workbench?

Should I not bother with these workbench features as they might not be suited for softwood? Example being I can see a holdfast wearing out a dog hole fairly quickly if used regularly. To clarify I am ...
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Securing long boards for edge jointing

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like your bench has any provision for a deadman. This would allow you to clamp one end of the board in the face vise and support the other end with the deadman. I ...
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Garage work bench compound miter saw position

Putting the saw in the middle maximizes the size of the pieces you can create from your offcut. Say you put the saw 1m from the end of your shop. Now you've got a 4m board and you need to create 2m ...
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What are the pros and cons of MDF as a workbench top?

What are the pros and cons of MDF as a workbench top? Pros: Relatively cheap. Is already a flat sheet ready to use as a work surface, saving much time and effort. Fairly flat to dead flat right from ...
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Garage work bench compound miter saw position

I'm in a similar situation with a 14' (4,25m) wall. I don't recommend setting up your miter saw in the middle. I believe it depends on your usual stock length. For me, it's 8' (2,5m), so I have it ...
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Using 1x4 instead of 2x4 for laminated workbench top?

Yes you can absolutely do this. It's just more glue joints to do but it's not really that much more work than if you were using 2x4s. Because of the number of glue joints you might want to subdivide ...
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What are the defining features of a Holtzapffel workbench?

The defining feature of this bench is the mixture of elements from three traditions. Mostly French and German + a few English additions. Top thick only where needed to support vises. "Tree-trunk ...
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Joining cross supports to workbench legs

Honestly I'd use a cross lap joint like You can do it from both direction, and yes it looks like you are cutting away all the beam but I've used this for my construction of wood racks, that hold a ...
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Need help understanding workbench design and build process

I made a bench similar in construction to what you describe only a bit bigger ( 8' long with two 1' wide top slabs separated by 1 1/2" gap - roubo style split top). I made mine with 2x6 instead of ...
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Are some workbench features not suitable for a softwood workbench?

Should I not bother with these workbench features as they might not be suited for softwood? I was going to suggest in a Comment that a complete list of the features you might like to add would be ...
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How to flatten MDF board

Rather than laminating two pieces of MDF together which is not guaranteed to remove the warp you see I recommend you build a torsion-box style lattice structure out of straight stock and skin it on ...
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Mortise before or after glue up (laminated legs)?

All things equal I would leave the gap it is usually easer than cutting out the mortise even with a mortising machine, you may have to adjust the tenon to fit.
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What are the pros and cons of MDF as a workbench top?

Sounds like it would work fine to me. My first bench was two sheets of 3/4 MDF laminated together and I had no major issues with it. I used it for years and made quite a few projects that I was proud ...
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Workbench Leg Spacing

Your design should work as designed. Extending the bench beyond the legs is fine at 14.5". The overall weight and length of top should be adequate to prevent any tipping forces at the ends of ...
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How to solid-edge plywood and hardboard for top of workbench?

It's probably worth highlighting that, as mentioned in the linked Answer, solid-wood edging provides a solid bump in the looks department as well as protecting the relatively fragile edges of the MDF ...
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Two piece workbench top

Your bench design is related to a style called "Roubo" named after a French woodworker who originated the design style. Many workbenches, including mine are based upon the Roubo split top. This ...
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Are some workbench features not suitable for a softwood workbench?

I suspect that for your bench dogs, the big factor will be how thick your bench top is. With oak I suspect you can get away with 3/4" board for a while, though 2" might be better. For pine, I would ...
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How does this leg vise parallel chain guide work?

Am I missing something? Yep. This drawing from Shigshop shows the part that is not visible in your photos. Under the slide, mounted in the leg, is a wheel/bearing that allows the lower part ...
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Best way to mount bench vise for my particular bench?

Where you have your vice placed for the photos is pretty much exactly where I'd mount it, in addition to the front-back placement being ideal it appears to be nearly directly over a leg which gives ...
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What supports do legs need on a very short workbench

This is intended to be my main workbench, and will be used for all of my hand tool work A rock solid desk that doesn't shake or wobble would seem to be a requirement for hand tool work of any kind. ...
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Strength of oak versus maple

Strength should not be your concern. A butcher-block slab with a large unsupported span is likely to to fail - the vertically-oriented wood fibers will separate (which happens normally with moisture ...
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How to clamp very thin wood for planing

In some respects end stops (as seen on most planing boards and as built into many good benches) are the ideal for planing thinner stock. You can use dogs as these stops of course, they just need to be ...
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How to clamp very thin wood for planing

If you are going to be doing a lot of this kind of thin surfacing work, you might want to invest in a vacuum clamp. When combined with a small vacuum pump, these clamps can hold onto the flat bottom ...
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Support for solid wood tabletop with galvanized tube frame

It's right to be cautious, but this is oak and over an inch in thickness which is really quite thick as far as tabletops go. The Ikea countertop material is also made from glued staves1, which isn't ...
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Why is 48" too deep for a workbench?

How many things are you building that are more than 24" deep? Too deep of a workbench prevents you from reaching the back of whatever you are working on. I can only think of a few things I have ...
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Let pine dry or use it right away for building a work bench?

For fine woodworking, I understand you should let wood dry and get accustomed to your shop (or ideally wherever the finished product will live). Okay so of course that make sense for a huge slab of ...
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How to face joint board longer than bench by hand

Joint the board in sections and iterate through Left, middle, right side until reasonable jointed Yes. but there is a risk that each section is not parallel. Check often, adjust as necessary. This ...
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