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 use the lower drawer to collect shavings.
- Last year I built the “Milkman’s Workbench,” a copy of a European commercial bench for the benchless woodworker.
- Build a knockdown bench, like the Nicholson-style bench I built this summer using framing lumber.
In 20th-century magazines, one common project was a workbench that was designed to affix to your kitchen table, and here is one from The Woodworker magazine. This version is secured to the table with two clamps that are embedded in the tool tray. Plus it offers an adjustable planing stop.
You can download the article with the link below:
— Christopher Schwarz
P.S. If someone sees a cute glue pot like the one shown in the drawing above, you can sell it to Megan Fitzpatrick, who has a thing for petite glue pots.