- a snazzy low assembly table
- a couple of workmates
- a re-purposed mitre saw table
- a router table
- a table saw with a hardboard protective cover
- a commercial workbench
all of which can be pressed into service when needed.
The issues I have with the Sjobergs workbench are:
- it is not heavy enough when planing. It doesn't move around like some I have seen but still could do with more mass.
- the vises are not really fantastic but are adequate. They tend to crab if you clamp something at one end so I use a similar thickness spacer at the other end to prevent crabbing.
- the dog holes are many but I probably use 10% of them
- when the tail vise is used anything being clamped moves away from the top surface. I found this out early on so never use it in tail vise mode.
Good points with Sjobergs workbench
- The top is made from beech and is great
- The storage module is fantastic and I would replicate something like this on any replacement.
UpgradeLike many in the 21st century I have decided to upgrade the bench to a split top Roubo workbench using Benchcrafted hardware (available in the UK from here).
The plans I will be using will be those from Marc Spagnuolo's The Woodwhisperer Guild video series. I have been a member of the Guild since 2010 and this particular video series came from around 2011/2012.
Shop layoutI have modified my shop layout drawings on Sketchup and find that the old bench can still be incorporated as an additional surface if it is turned through 90 degrees and positioned on the west wall adjacent to its current position.
The new Roubo can go under the window if the table saw is moved eastwards. Then the router table will go into the centre of the shop. This will be more convenient as it always has to be moved when needed.
Here is the current shop (west is at the top of the pictures)
|The green square is a ceiling mounted air cleaner.|
The black rectangle is a floor mat.
And below is the proposal for the new layout
|New Roubo added|
Old workbench repositioned
Router table in the centre of the shop area
Table saw moved in an easterly direction.
3D viewsEverybody can visualize better in 3D so Sketchup is great for this. These pictures below show a representation in 3D looking from the assembly table located on the east wall.
|This is the current layout of the left hand half of the shop.|
The router table is closest to the camera
|This is the proposal. The old workbench is furthest away|
the router table is repositioned in the centre of the shop.
I've not decided on wood species yet for the Roubo but will be using the cheaper cast only Benchcrafted hardware. I will be using square dogs with a few 19mm dog holes for the attachments I currently have (holdfasts etc.).
All I have to do is work through my current work load to pay for the hardware and timber for the new workbench.