Some table talk on the hub of the shop
The centrepiece for any workshop is the bench. Whether it’s an old door resting on its side, the surface cluttered with every tool you own, or a Mission-style beauty, the workbench is the spot you get things done. If you are looking for a new table for your shop, here are three to consider.
The classy 76″ x 26″ Veritas workbench, shown above with cast-iron legs, has a top made of two laminated maple slabs and a birch plywood centre trough. The vise has a chain drive that keeps the jaws parallel; however, the outer jaw can be skewed for irregular pieces. It’s all in the details. $1,250, www.leevalley.com
General’s new 54″ x 21″ bench is topped with 1″-thick laminated birch. The front and side vises are matched with dog holes on the bench for your clamping needs. The hardwood support frame has a built-in shelf for storage.$350, www.general.ca
For something exotic, the Sjoberg Duo Workbench from Sweden is made completely from European beech. The two vises have a variety of positions: from the standard arrangement to the reversed (for lefties) and end-to-end placement. So modular. $680, www.rockler.com