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Whether you’re setting up a new shop or upgrading your old one, a good, sturdy workbench will almost surely be central to your plans. We can help. Our editors and contributors have produced more than two dozen articles and videos about benches and assembly tables. You can also buy full project plans for a simple but workable plywood bench and a classic hardwood bench complete with vises. Here’s a sampling:
Getting Started WorkbenchThis sturdy workbench is easy and inexpensive to make. Download the free plan. Watch the Getting Started in Woodworking series to get a video demonstration on how to make it.
John White’s original plan for a simple but versatile bench has spawned numerous other videos, articles, and blog entries. Take a video tour or buy the digital SketchUp plans in our store.
The Essential Workbench
Lon Schleining’s plan for a classic bench combines the best of the old and new. Plus: Order complete plans in our plan store.
Rock-Solid Plywood Bench
A clever design by Cecil Braedon produces a workbench in a weekend for less than $250. Plus: Order complete plans in our plan store.
Dead-Flat Assembly Table
Watch Marc Spagnuolo (“The Wood Whisperer”) build a dead-flat assembly table with a torsion-box top and a sturdy base. Follow the construction step by step in these videos and download a free plan.
Making and Using a Bench Hook
In this video, Gary Rogowski shows how to make a multipurpose jig to expand the versatility of any workbench.
Tool Cabinet for a Workbench
Lon Schleining shows you how to construct a cabinet that keeps hand tools close at hand but out of harm’s way.
Workbench Tips:Tune Up Your WorkbenchA Benchtop BenchSpacers for a Workbench ViseExpand Your Workbench with Versatile Bench Hooks Rolling Lift for a Workbench Easy-Access Workbench Drawers Don’t Impede Clamping Sliding Bench Jack Holds Boards on Edge at Any HeightQ&A: Trestle Legs are Best for WorkbenchQ&A: Round Dogs are More Versatile than Square Ones Quick Tip: Choosing Bench DogsInstalling a Cast-Iron ViseMaking Sense of VisesWorkbench for Any Height
More Workbench Projects:Frank Klausz’s Classic BenchTage Frid’s WorkbenchA Bench Built to Last Mike Dunbar’s WorkbenchRock-Solid Workbench
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