There are many different accessories and tools available when it comes to woodworking benches. Some of these are essential while others are merely helpful to make the bench more functional. The following list describes some of the more important accessories that may be necessary for benches.
The slats in woodworking benches are designed to allow the hand to pass through the space between the slats. The holes in woodworking benches often serve the dual purpose of enabling the user to secure smaller workpieces through varying types of clamping. These small holes will also allow other accessories, such as bench dogs, to be employed to securely lock a larger workpiece in place instead of a simple vise. Clamp dogs will prevent the legs of your bench from moving in relation to one another. This is especially useful for benches that have wide legs, which can cause them to move if they are clamped incorrectly.
A bench caddy is an important accessory for woodworking benches. Often times a woodworker will need to carry a number of different types of woodworking projects at once. These tools can be cumbersome to lug around, but a bench caddy can alleviate this issue. A bench caddy is simply a strap or handle used to contain the tools. This makes it easier to carry several different types of woodworker tools at once.
Portable bench backboards are useful for both woodworkers and bench workers. Backboards are often attached to woodworking benches to provide additional support. Portable bench backboards are useful for woodworkers because they free up valuable work space. On the other hand, portable backboards are useful for woodworkers because they protect the back of the woodworker from the table. A quality portable woodwork backboard will usually have grooves built in to serve as protection for the wood worker’s fingers.
One of the most important accessories for any workbench is the kickback. Kickbacks occur when the woodworkers or bench workers weight sits on the blank or work surface, causing the workpiece to move suddenly back into alignment with the rest of the bench. Most kickbacks can be avoided by using appropriate weight requirements for the type of woodworking projects to be carried out. It is also possible to purchase kickback covers to cover unsightly kickback surfaces.
All good woodworking benches should have adjustable height locks to prevent employees from climbing onto the workbench top. Most workbenches will also have capstans that are lockable and extending out from the workbench top. These extra support legs are important when carrying heavier items such as chisels, nail guns or power drills.
When purchasing any type of woodworking project lighting equipment it is necessary to select the best type of overhead lighting. The type of overhead lighting needed will depend on the size of the workbench and the size of the area that will be worked on. For smaller workbenches, overhead lighting should be contained to the area of the vise or table. Under overhead lighting, two to three lighting fixtures are usually most suitable. One light should be located near the head of the bench and the other light should be aimed downwards at the edge of the bench.
An excellent source of additional light is a pair of standard desk lamps attached to adjustable legs at the end of each side of the bench. This style of lighting provides plenty of light for all the woodworkers working on the bench. Upholstered benches can also be utilized as an easy stool to carry supplies and work materials. The two main styles of stools that are used for woodworking purposes are the straight stool and the swivel stool. Many woodworkers prefer the straight stool because it allows for a comfortable typing position. The swivel stool, on the other hand, is easier to maneuver than the straight stool due to its ability to swivel on two independent legs.