So I built my original Frankenbench about 25 years ago, and it’s
stood me in good stead all these years. I’m the one who has the
plans available on my website, even if I can’t entirely claim to be
Lately I’ve gotten into some much more serious woodworking.
Rebuilding 100 year old Oak workbenches and etc, as well as spending
a lot of time at woodworking shows, selling saws. So I’m exposed to
a lot of very high end woodworking. Which makes me ponder whether or
not to build a new Frankenbench. (Mk III)
But instead of a bench designed to be as good as I could make it,
assuming it was cobbled together out of a scrounged desk, this one
will be built from the ground up as a purpose built jeweler’s bench.
Probably pretty arts & crafts looking, even if I may not use oak. (I
like maple, or maybe Cherry.)
I know what features I want in a bench, but I’m curious to see
what features the rest of you think are/should be required.
Deep half-moon cutout
1.5-2" thick solid wood top.
Leather bench skin, no tray. (no smashed knees when I get up.)
File & plier racks built into the cutout.
Cleared for microscope mount
Two drawer stacks, one on either side, with a bunch of small (1.5")
drawers at the top for files/sundries, getting larger as they go
Anti-roll off grooves around the edges of the top, and probably
rails at the back and sides Somewhere to make a home for my power
One of the things I’m pondering seriously is where/how to
accommodate all the various power and control boxes that we’ve got
for our gear these days. Gravermax, wax pen, micromotor base(s),
plus god knows what else. One of the nice things about the original
Frankenbench design was the big blank spot right under the tabletop,
which made a pretty good spot for that sort of thing, but not quite
big enough for things like the Gravermax.
What all else would you consider to be essential power tooling that
needs to be allowed for in the design?
What things bug you about ‘normal’ benches? What have you always
wished yours had? You can assume this one will be very heavy, and