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Bench
Getting Benched

Once you decide carpentry is for you, do yourself a favor and buy a workbench. How big your workbench should be depends on your work space. It should be sturdy, made out of hardwood, and have at least one vise and holes along the edge where you can put pegs to hold your work in place. You'll also need a couple of drawers for your smaller tools, and you can hang a peg board above the workbench for easy access to the tools you use the most.

Looking for a place to sit? Grab some of that hardwood that's sitting around in your backyard or storage unit, and make yourself a bench for your garden or your home.

Your bench can be as simple as a tree stump or as complex as woven wood and seat cushions. It can be a modest plank or have elaborate armrests and a back. With this project, there's not much in the way of your creativity.

You can choose a design and get specific instructions on how to build a bench from the many woodworking books at home improvement stores, or you can search online. But there are a couple of standard measurements to keep in mind.

The seat's height should be compatible with the length of your legs. The height of an average chair seat is 20 inches (51 centimeters). But to get a more customized fit, you can measure the length of your leg from the back of your knee to the floor and use that measurement instead [source: Essortment].

The seat should be 17 to 18 inches (43 to 46 centimeters) deep. As for the width, you should figure 25 inches (63 centimeters) per person you want to fit on the bench. If you add armrests, they should be no higher than 8 inches (20 centimeters). The back can be as high as you feel comfortable [source: Essortment].

Next, outfit your bar with stools (right after you build them).

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