Ones bench depends as the poster said on what one does, and also how
much space you have to put it in.
I came by a very large wooden bench some 10ft long and 4ft wide, on
3 sets of 4in legs.
the top was fron 2in thick pine boards some 12 in wide.
It had been in an aircraft factory with hundreds of 1/8in holes
drilled into the top boards.
I took these off and reversed them so the under side was uppermost,
and it had some ink stamp markings saying Spitfire mk2 !! This is in
the center of my work shop with the following fixed to it.
onto the center leg is my 3rd hand, a 5in leg vice. I work at
this standing up
some 2 ft away is a smaller 3in.
on one end is bolted a 5 ton(working load) Sweeny Blocksidge
precision fly press. Worked standing up
on the other end is a similar 2 ton. Worked sitting on a stool On
the other side of the bench is my brazing area similarly worked at
with a gas economiser torch, weight controlled for production work.
Gases are propane and oxygen.
Theres also a tig setup for titanium and stainless steel work.
Also in this particular workshop, are,
- a 10ft geared draw bench
- a 6 ton Worcester production crank press,
- my 15 by 30 in Le Blond Royal lathe 1942
- a 6ft high Denbeigh pillar drill.
- a smaller 3ft ditto.
- a 1cwt precision smiths anvil Swedish made
- A 2in dia propane burner for non ferrous heating prior to forging.
- A 3 foot wide treadle guillotine.
- a free standing 2 hp polisher with vacumn.
- my powered Durston mill.
Then theres all the hand tools, material storage etc.
In another building theres the drop stamps hyd coining presses and
25 ton crank press.
The minting dies are all stored inside the house, as there the most
valuable pieces of tooling.
More than enough to keep me busy.