Category Archives: Workbenches

‘Workbenches Revised’ – A Special Offer for Customers

Next month, F+W will release the revised edition of my first book: “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use.” I still have a great affection for this book from 2007 for several reasons. It was my first book … Continue reading

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Workbenches of Cotehele

On my day off from teaching at David Savage’s shop, David and his wife, Carol, insisted on taking me over the border to Cornwall to see Cotehele, a fantastic family home on the Tamar River that has been remarkably unchanged … Continue reading

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Alert for Workbench Nerds

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A New Record in Workbench Building

When I plan a new woodworking class, I have to resist all optimism when it comes to how long a certain task will take. It takes me a day and a half to glue up a top for a Roubo … Continue reading

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It’s Not Me. It’s You.

There are times that I want to think I have become a better teacher during the last 20 years I’ve been a woodworking and writing instructor. But then I always discover the real reason for that feeling. Today we started … Continue reading

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When the Nicholson Bench is Not a Time-Saver

The Nicholson-style workbench is a great choice for a woodworker who is short on time or materials – I can usually build one of these benches in half the time of a French bench and this English form requires half … Continue reading

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A Flip-top Workbench

Combining a workbench with tool storage is always a balancing act. Here’s a solution I have not seen in the wild (though some have proposed it). It’s a workbench where the back half of the benchtop (15” x 102”) lifts … Continue reading

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