The big difference in woodworking bench style and design really is where your woodworking woodwork gets personal. Many families have a favorite woodworking woodwork bench passed down throughout many generations. Wondering what all the different styles of woodworking woodwork benches are?
Most often they consist of two benches, one for large items such as, books or flower arrangements and the other for small hand tools and accessories. Often if your lucky you will find a third bench that fits in the middle of both of the larger models. Most woodworking woodwork benches feature either an end vise or a wide drawer with a lid that is used to store end pieces while working. The lid may also be used to store small odd shaped objects while making small tool adjustments.
Some benches have a wide flat bench top with sides and a narrow piece of wood running along the backside. The front vise is usually located near the end of the bench and is used to support the wood work surface while holding the work surface in place. The rear vise is normally located inside the work surface and is used to hold small accessory items while making small adjustments. Many people like to use a combination of these types of woodworking bench styles for various projects.
A popular type of woodworking bench commonly seen in homes and woodworking shops is the European style workbench. These workbenches can be found in different variations of wood stains, colors and sizes. The main style of European style workbench has a single long piece of wood along the bottom of the bench top with six workbenches on each side of the bench. This bench design allows for convenient storage of small hand tools and other small items when the woodworking bench is not in use.
Some of the tools that can be stored on a typical European style workbench include chisels, saws, drill bits, file tables, thumb tackers, corrugated metal strips and a variety of cordless power tools. Because of the size and shape of these benches many woodworkers like to include a small bench vise or rack in addition to their main tool bench. These racks are designed to hold different sized tools and accessories while adding a little additional storage space. Many woodworking enthusiasts choose to add a stool to their bench so that they can comfortably sit and work on their woodworking project for long periods of time.
There are many benefits to using one of these woodworking benches over traditional workbenches. One of these is the ability to adjust the height of the worktop. Some woodworkers prefer to work on their projects without a table to level off their work surface but other woodworkers like the added comfort and convenience that a workbench provides. The adjustable top of these woodworking workbenches can also be moved up or down to make it more comfortable to level your work surface.
A key benefit of using a European style workbench is that the legs of these benches are made of durable hardwoods such as maple, oak, birch or mahogany. Because these benches are so sturdy, there is no need to purchase expensive woodworking equipment to support the weight of the bench top. Most woodworking enthusiasts have a couple of portable workbenches that they use when they need to work out at their homes or on the go. The portable workbench can then be tucked away when you are done with your woodworking project. Using portable woodworking benches helps to conserve valuable working space and keep you more organized.
To finish off your woodworking project and protect your work surface from damage, you may want to add a decorative finishing to the end vise that can be purchased separately. One popular finish that is available for end vise attachments is oil rubbed bronze. You can also choose a different finish if you wish to create a look that is unique to you.