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Question Square or Oblong Assembly Table?

I'm busy building a workbench that will sit against a wall and will be used exclusively for hand tools. I've chosen the 21st Century one made by Bob Lang.

Anyway, so I now need an assembly table. I see that a lot of guys go for a 1200 x 1200 size but I suspect this is more to do with cutting in half a sheet of plywood/Masonite.

I'm thinking along the lines of 1000mm x 1600mm. The length will accommodate any big items like an entertainment unit or a bookcase on its side. The width will be sufficient for cabinet assembly.

I will also use the table for pocket hole drilling and hand held routing.

Am I heading in the right direction or does anyone have any pearls of wisdom to send my way please?

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Hi Hilton

I'd say an assembly table/bench needs to be slightly bigger than the biggest item you are going to build! It's for that reason that in some joiners shops they go for massive 10 x 4ft benches (which will accommodate a large storey light door frame). I've worked in a one place where they had 4 x 3ft modular work "supports" on locking castors which could be stacked when not in use or clamped together in multiples to build a single large assembly surface. They were also lower than a normal bench, only about 2ft high off the floor, which made cabinet assembly, especially the upper parts where you often have drawers and the like, a lot easier. BTW always clad the tops of your assembly benches with old carpet to minimise marking the item

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Hilton, I prefer an oblong one as well. I guess it's mostly matter of personal preference and available space, though!

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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Thanks Phil and Duane.

Glad you knew what 'oblong' was
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