A workbench anybody can build
Fine Woodworking is no slave to tradition, and we’ll take great ideas wherever we can get them. You should too.
In her travels in upstate New York, FWW editor Anissa Kapsales ran across a pro woodworker with a workbench unlike anything we’ve seen. Josh Finn’s innovative bench, featured in 2008’s Tools & Shops issue (FWW #202), is nothing more than two long boxes and two sawhorses, but it can do everything the fanciest Scandinavian bench can do, and more. It can be configured in a variety of ways for all sorts of power and hand work, plus gluing and clamping. Try that with your dad’s workbench.
|UPDATE: Download the FREE PLAN to make these sawhorses.|
One side of the long beams is melamine, which resists glue, and the other is Homasote, a soft fiberboard that grips workpieces, won’t mar them, and is easy to replace when it becomes riddled with holes, gauges, and sawkerfs. And the whole thing can be broken down easily and stored. Also, if you remove the long beams, the two broad-topped horses come in handy as a low assembly table and more.
I’d say this bench is is more suited to power-tool lovers than the hand-tools-only crowd, but if you need a versatile workbench and have at least rudimentary skills and tools, you should give this innovative workstation serious thought.
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Made from two simple beams and two sawhorses, Josh's Finn's simple, storable workbench is remarkably versatile. Here he's got the beams set up side by side with a stop screwed on for handplaning. Download the free plan to make the sawhorses.
Anyone with a circular saw and power drill can build these versatile sawhorses. Download the free plan to make these sawhorses.
The same goes for the two beams, which are just long boxes with crosspieces inside for strength.
One side of the beams is Homasote, a soft, non-marring fiberboard that grips workpieces.
The other side is melamine, which resists glue, and the beams can be configured in a variety of ways to aid clamping.