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I am starting my workbench tomorrow, er today sometime after I sleep. My original thought was to have a four foot bench, then my miter saw setup on the same elevation, followed by another four foot table. I am starting to have doubts and thinking maybe I should go six feet long. My MDF boards are already 2x4' though. Any thoughts guys?
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Brenton, I think the question depends a lot on what you will be doing on that bench.

The same could be asked of the 2' depth, though I like the 2', it depends on what you are doing. Most of my projects are from the scroll saw, or small turning projects.

Whatever the size, the problem for me is keeping it clear of other stuff that gets in he way.

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I will be using my workbench for projects around the house as well as trying my hand at projects like a cutting board and a patio bench. I recently bought a town home and have a garage now. MY grandfather didn't need some tools anymore, so I already own a nice miter saw, table saw, and a somewhat more heavily used router. I need a place to use them now.
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Amazon.com: workmate work bench parts: Tools & Home Improvement

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You will see some members have been making a work bench with pipe clamps B&D did it a long time ago..

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It really does depend on what you intend to do with them as Steve said. Having one on either side of your chop saw is a good idea. I did something similar, put in a drop section between 2 sections of my bench, but in hindsight I think it is better to have one continuous bench and just add blocks on top to support the ends of your workpiece. Both the slider and the chop saw I have are 3 1/2" high at the turntable so 3 2x4s laminated together placed on the bench on either side works great and then they go back on the floor underneath.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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I think what I am going to do is build the 4 foot table. Down the road, I will probably transition it to a more flexible bench with casters. I have the lumber, I'm a noobie "carpenter," and just need something to get me going. I'll probably build a solid 8 foot table next year if I continue being passionate about building and using wood.
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My personal choice would probably be, as long as the shop would allow.
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I never have enough work bench top space - and I'm fairly neat in that the tools are usually picked up and whatever scrap or extra pieces of material are either trashed or if something is useable, put away at least as often as needed or daily. Right now I have a 3'x8' and a 2'x8' bench along with a 30"x 6 foot table and still resort to a piece of plywood on a couple of saw horses on occasion, or worse, my table or radial arm saw tops.

I think what I'm saying is that you need to think out what you need to work on, lay other pieces plus tools between operations and do some planning for future expansion

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I retired in 1996 and made my own workbench it is 24" by 60" top is 3 " thick I had my own lumber and I used pieces that may of had a little bark on the bottom side . I used some oak ,some walnut ,cherry ,and some hard maple . I glued up boards that would go through the planer then put the 2 together with 3/8" threaded bolts through in 4 or 5 places . I used pine for legs 4x4 set at an angle . I wanted a top that I could clamp something to the edge . I wanted a bottom tray to put jigs and tools on . It is very heavy and I put a set of casters that raise it up of the floor to move but I have set it and havn't moved it in 17 years . I put 4 vises on there to have plenty .Gene
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I retired in 1996 and made my own workbench it is 24" by 60" top is 3 " thick I had my own lumber and I used pieces that may of had a little bark on the bottom side . I used some oak ,some walnut ,cherry ,and some hard maple . I glued up boards that would go through the planer then put the 2 together with 3/8" threaded bolts through in 4 or 5 places . I used pine for legs 4x4 set at an angle . I wanted a top that I could clamp something to the edge . I wanted a bottom tray to put jigs and tools on . It is very heavy and I put a set of casters that raise it up of the floor to move but I have set it and havn't moved it in 17 years . I put 4 vises on there to have plenty .Gene
This is a serious bench that can be used for making quality pieces. A 4 foot bench with a saw is just a starter bench. Figure out over time how serious a woodworker you want to be. There are many plans out there for true woodworker's benches. As you progress you will either want one or be content with a smaller bench. No value judgement either way it's just what you want and need.
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