What if I told you that there is a model of the Hofmann & Hammer workbench that has just about everything that you need to get started woodworking? Well, I’d say that you have come to the right place. This article will show you what you need to know in order to make the best choice for your needs. After reading this article you should be able to select one of these woodworking benches that is just the right size for you and ready to get started on woodworking today.
Let’s take a closer look at the Hofmann & Hammer workbench. It comes in two models. The first is a simple single table design with no drawers or shelves and a vise-style construction. The second design is much like the model of the Hemmings Fun craftwork bench with a larger “V” shaped bench that has no end or sides and a built in support for the large vise handle. As you can see the design of the two workbenches is quite different, but they are both used to make just about the same types of woodworking tools.
When selecting the right tool for you, there are many things to consider beyond the obvious brand names. First, how do you want the item to look? Are you more interested in having a European bench look European or a highland woodworking bench that looks like it was made in the highlands of Scotland? Once you have decided on the overall “look” of your piece of furniture, you need to focus on the specifics. The following information will help you decide what to look for in a hofmann & hammer workbench.
If you are an experienced woodworking individual then you already know that quality does matter. You don’t want to purchase a hofmann & hammer workbench that are inferior in construction to what you are paying for. A quality bench will include the following features: high quality legs in dark walnut stain, flat top surface, a solid construction, a wide base, an end plate to support your work, and a locking mechanism that will prevent the bench from falling over when heavy work is placed on it. If any of these features are missing from your piece of furniture then you will want to consider purchasing a different woodworking bench.
High quality woodworking benches will usually come with detailed assembly instructions. Many manufacturers place a number of screws and large screws in large openings to help ensure the stability of your bench. Another thing you may want to look for signs of glue failure or rust in the legs and corners. A hofmann & hammer workbench should not have a huge amount of open or exposed screws because this can lead to weak legs and uneven sawhorses. Also, if you notice rusted areas on the sawhorses then they may be due to improper assembly or poor craftsmanship.
In addition to the stability of a hofmann & hammer workbench, you will also want to take into consideration the thickness of the legs. The depth of the bench dogs is important because it will affect how much you can lift and where you can set the depth of the boards. Typically deep bench dogs will allow for thicker woodworking materials to be lifted while a shallow board will only allow for smaller projects. The height of the bench dogs is also important because it will help to keep the wood off the flooring. Typically hofmann workbenches will not have enough weight to allow them to sit directly on the floor. Most models will need to have their legs bent at the bottom so that they can sit directly on the floor.
Many tools can also be used with a hofmann & hammer workbench. For example, while many woodworking tools such as a jigsaw, drill press or router are generally not used with the stools, there are some that can easily be placed on top of the benches. These include the ever popular sander and sanding pad. When using woodworking gear on a workbench, make sure that it is properly secured to the workbench by the proper leg screws.
The last thing that is important when using a hofmann & hammer workbench is the ease of disassembling the bench. These benches have several removable components including the shelf, the drawer and the vises. Each of these parts can be easily removed from the bench and placed elsewhere on a workroom table. However, it can be difficult to remove the shelf and drawer completely from the bench. A bench drill may be used to accomplish this task but it is usually best to have a flathead screwdriver available in order to quickly attach and detach the vises.