I couldn't agree more with what you've said here. Your bench is the primary tool that everything works with. Years ago I was cutting dovetails on a flimsey Black and Decker Workmate which needed to be held down when doing just about anything. After the near amputation of my thumb healed up enough, I built a heavy bench with used lumber. I gave it away though when I moved 3000 miles.Gordon Guttmann wrote: ↑Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:36 amConsider that you will use this bench for years to come. I feel that obtaining the finest bench will make your hobby an even more point of pride in your work. I'm sure you've purchased many needless items at a fraction of the cost of a great bench. I have a special edition Ulmia bench with a large veneer drawer and top quality shoulder and tail vices. It weighs about 400 lbs. As you use a fine bench, you will begin to understand it and it's capabilities. With nice dogs you can join tops or backs and many other uses will evolve. My thinking is, don't go cheap because you will get cheap. It's very comforting to have a bench that does not move. Sometimes on Youtube I see someone planing wood and the bench is shaking and rolling, it gives me a laugh.
The late Tage Frid, who wrote for Fine Woodworking magazine, published plans for a Scandinavian style workbench in one of the issues. I used that as a basis for my present bench, and using 2X4's glued up as a butcher block made it 2 feet wide by 6 feet long. The weight is still marginal. I clamp it at a right angle to an 2 by 11 foot bench that my dad made.
You are not going to like this "feature." Every time you go to clamp something to this bench it will be a hassle. Don't buy this bench. This is not a serious workbench.SteveL123 wrote: ↑Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:38 pmFrom Youtube reviews, I've learned the HF bench is not all solid wood. The top is not full 2" thick but 5/8" thick with 2" sides. There's also some particle boards used here and there. Is there a good cover material to apply over the particle boards (keep moisture out) to prolong its life?
With a tight budget I'd look at buying a sheet of 4' by 8' subflooring, which is 1 1/4' thick, and a good piece of 3/4" plywood for the outside surfaces. My local building supply will cut these in half lengthwise. Laminate them and you have a 4" thick bench 8 feet long. Cut to desired length. You could put some solid wood for molding around the edges. Use selected 4X4's and make trellis legs. Mortise and tendon joinery with the top pieces bolted to the top from underneath. Connect one to the other near the floor and with diagonal brace accross the back. You can add drawers or a shelf or two between the legs. Add a vise later if you feel the need. You WILL need help moving it.
The bench in the back is the one my dad made. The top for the one in the foreground I made with $10 worth of good second hand 2X4's. Local contractors may have an idea of how to get some good used stuff. People resell it. Notice the vise I have mounted on a 2X10 hanging on the wall. I have two 5/8" threaded inserts mounted in one bench and the vise can be bolted down easily or clamped anywhere.