Gearing Up for a Workbench Video Workshop Series
New Video Workshop in Production: Intermediate Workbench
It’s not easy to come up with a new workbench Video Workshop project each and every year. Fact is, reinventing the basic tried-and-true form of the traditional cabinetmaker’s bench is a real head-scratcher. Why fix something that ain’t broke?
This year, I decided to lay out a specific set of criteria for a workbench, and really stick to it. You can see one of the early rough sketches at left. Here are the four main objectives used to come up with this year’s project:
Price: I didn’t want to build a “break the bank” type of bench, costing upwards of $2,000. Rather, I set my sites on coming in at under $1,000, while still coming away with a dead-serious workbench that will last for generations.
Size: When it came to size, I took into account the fact that a lot of us hobbyist woodworkers don’t have gobs of extra space floating around our homes. While a six-foot bench might be a wee bit long, a four-footer would most certainly be too small for serious work. In the end, I came out in-between.
Storage: Again, space (at least for me) is at a premium, and I didn’t want to waste the open area between upper and lower stretchers, so I’ve opted to incorporate some sort of tool storage down below, with a couple of additional “funky” storage techniques yet-to-be announced.
Materials: I broke the materials up between benchtop and trestle assembly. On the top, I decided I wasn’t willing to sacrifice one bit. Hard maple was the way to go. That said, down below I was able to save a few bucks by opting for soft maple, which is still hard as nails, yet a wee bit cheaper at my hardwood dealer. Bottom line: you don’t need to construct a bench entirely out of hard maple.
Look for this project in late August/early September
Shooting of the Intermediate Workbench Video Workshop is set for mid-June. After that, you’ll have to give us a couple of months for editing. You can expect the series to air at the end of this summer.
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