Category Archives: Workbenches

Hung up on Workbench Overhang

When designing a French workbench (or any other style, really), one of the most common hang-ups for new woodworkers is determining how much the benchtop should overhang the base at the ends of the bench. When I design a workbench … Continue reading

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Knocked Up, Knocked Down & Naked

Editor’s note: Mike Siemsen, the host of “The Naked Woodworker” DVD has built a cool little knockdown bench designed for traveling and apartments. Check it out – and we promise that more copies of “The Naked Woodworker” are on the … Continue reading

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An Improved ‘Doe’s Foot’ Appliance

After writing last month about the “doe’s foot” appliance in A.-J. Roubo’s plate 14, I decided to make a couple of these devices that resembled the ones shown in the plate. For the last couple years, I’ve been using a … Continue reading

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In Defense of the ‘Notched Batten’

When Richard Maguire posted his fantastic entry on using a notched batten to hold work in place on the bench, he was eviscerated by a certain segment of the woodworking populace because Richard said it was an old technique and … Continue reading

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4 Workbench Classes, 3 Continents

I’ll never know the pain of childbearing, but I think I know the next-closest thing: bench building. That why I include a full bottle of ibuprofen on the list of tools needed for my bench-building classes. Students think I’m kidding … Continue reading

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Materials & Tools for the Knockdown Nicholson Workbench

I’m teaching two classes in building the Knockdown Nicholson Workbench in 2015 (details on the locations to come) and needed to prepare a list of materials and tools for the students. Because I received an S+ in “Sharing” in kindergarten, … Continue reading

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Kitchen Table Workbench from The Woodworker

There are many ways to get around not having a dedicated workbench. Here are a few: Some Victorian-era books recommend using a chest of drawers as a bench. Work on the top, store your tools in the top drawers and … Continue reading

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