The workbench is the big daddy of the plans you need a Table Saw Workbench Plans to figure out. While you can buy something that is prebuilt, it is never going to be perfectly right for what you need. What you need, what I need, and what that guy across the street needs are all different things. The question comes down to the quality, the visuals (after all, if you are like me, you will show this off all the time) and the usefulness of the space you create.
Many will go with something simple like a few open spaces under the table. I prefer to create a table that also works as part of an outfeed. Once I get into my workstation, and into work mode, I don’t want to have to move around more than I need. I would prefer everything to be within arm’s reach. While most will look at a table and see what they can add to the bottom, I feel there are ways to effectively add to the top as well.
This is somewhat counterproductive at first as you want as much room as possible for your workbench, but if you create a large enough table, many of the items you need can be added on to the edge through a cabinet system. In addition, you can create an elaborate system that is easy to understand by creating a varied group of shelves at differing levels and sizes. Just ensure that they are open on both sides so that you don’t get stuck with wood sticking out while you are trying to get from one item to another.
The big part of the workbench is the space you create on the top. Make sure that you have plenty of room to use the fence, the outfeed, and if you decide to add on a modular small tool cabinet, you have room for that. Again, your workspace is going to dictate just how large things can get, but in my opinion, a stationary bench is more fun to get creative with than one that can be moved around.
If you do need a mobile work bench, consider combining an outfeed and workbench into two movable parts that create a bigger whole. This will allow you to move the pieces out of the way when you need, but at the same time create a large and engaging piece when they come together.
Keep in mind that most go with a traditional plywood color, texture and look, so if you want to stand out, look at stains, or ways to create something that speaks to you and shows that you put your art into your craft. For most, that art is an afterthought, but the best woodworkers realize that the true name should be “wood artists”. Trademark pending of course.
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