Intermediate Workbench Video Series
This week, I offer an update on a brand-new workbench project I wrote about last month.
Sore Hands: Happy Woodworker
My sore hands feel like they’ve been thrust into hot coals, I’ve got splinters in parts of my body that I didn’t even know existed, and well, I’m just plain tired. That said, I couldn’t be happier right now. Shooting for a new Video Workshop series on building what I’ve dubbed an “Intermediate Workbench” is nearly wrapped up, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. This is a bench I plan to have until I meet my maker. It’s just the right size for me, has a touch of arguably unnecessary beauty, and it’s rock-solid. You could back a truck into this thing and the frame wouldn’t rack a single inch.
The online community will be able to watch the series and learn how to build this bench in the coming months. And for those of you curious to know a few of the pertinent details, here are a few juicy tidbits:
Moderate-Sized Bench is Big on Storage
The overall size of my bench comes in at about 24-in. in depth and 60-in. in length. This was a compromise for me. I just didn’t have enough room for a six or seven-foot bench, and a four-foot bench is just too small for me. So I settled on five-feet.
The trestle assembly is built of maple, and the top will be constructed of hard maple. My favorite element of this little gem however, is the integrated storage. I added two beefy drawer boxes and outfitted them with full-extension slides and solid cherry drawer fronts. OK, so the brass ring pulls might be a bit much, but think about it: your bench says a lot about your craftsmanship. When a client or loved one for whom you’re building a project visits the shop, wouldn’t you like to be seen working at a bench that’s as lovingly crafted as your fine furniture?
For anyone with limited shop space but a desire to construct a serious cabinetmaker’s workbench, I’m hoping this project will really fit the bill. Look for it sometime this autumn!
The top is all that's left. My new workbench, soon to be a video series, is nearing completion.
To really lock up the mortise-and-tenon joinery in this bench, I doubled pinned every single junction.
Warm cherry drawer fronts and some fancy brass ring pulls gave my humble bench a nice touch of class.