Category Archives: Workbenches

Workbench Tour No. 10: Lightweight Commercial Bench

This is the final tour in our series. I have one more workbench on site – the Loffelholz workbench – but it is upstairs and in use as part of a makeshift kitchen (we ripped out our kitchen on March … Continue reading

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Workbench Tour No. 9: French Oak Roubo Workbench

I built my first Roubo in 2005 out of yellow pine. Loved it to death. I sold it after I had the opportunity to build this beauty in 2013. It has remained my workbench ever since. I don’t know why, … Continue reading

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Workbench Tour No. 8: Moravian Workbench

The Moravian workbench made popular by Will Myers is a gorgeous piece of work – probably the prettiest workbench in our shop. It’s a full-featured bench in a compact design that can be knocked to pieces in minutes. I first … Continue reading

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Revenge of the Oaks

Whenever I finish building a massive workbench in oak, I think: This thing is going to last a long, long time. Hubris. For proof, just ask Ryan Bowen, of Charlotte, North Carolina. Ryan had built a “lightweight Roubo” workbench about … Continue reading

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Workbench Tour No. 7: LVL Workbench

During the last 20 years, I’ve experimented with a lot of alternative (or odd) materials to build workbenches. Most worked fine. I think the raw materials are less important than their dimensions and the bench’s design. Megan Fitzpatrick and I … Continue reading

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Workbench Tour No. 6: Vintage Ulmia Workbench

The only good thing I can say about the stupidness of venture capital is that it resulted in me obtaining this workbench. This is a vintage Ulmia. I’m guessing it’s 1980s vintage based on what I know about the provenance … Continue reading

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Workbench Tour No. 5: The Holtzapffel Workbench

To be honest, the vintage Ulmia workbench in our shop is actually closer in design to Charles Holtzapffel’s workbench design than this bench. But I wanted to build a bench with a twin-screw face vise, and Holtzapffel’s bench was the … Continue reading

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Workbench Tour No. 4: The Cherry Roubo

This was the first slab-top workbench I built, and I made it entirely by hand (save for one long rip when I defaulted to the band saw because I thought I might pass out). The bench’s size was dictated by … Continue reading

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Workbench Tour No. 3: The English Joiner’s Workbench

I built this bench in 2006 for my first book, “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use” (Popular Woodworking). It was the first English-style bench I’d ever built or used, so there was a bit of a learning … Continue reading

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Workbench Tour No. 2: The Power Tool Workbench

About a year after I built The $175 Workbench, I built The Power Tool Workbench for the August 2002 issue of Popular Woodworking magazine. The issue featuring The $175 Workbench had done particularly well on the newsstands (the bench had … Continue reading

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