Build a Basic Workbench with Built-in Storage

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Introduction: Basic Workbench with Built-in Storage

Woodworking legend Philip C. Lowe shows off the signature elements of his personal workbench.

Episode 1: Joinery Preparation

Learn how to properly mill your lumber flat, straight, and square. Then layout the workbench's primary joinery.

Episode 2: Mortise-and-Tenon Joinery

Learn how to cut and fit the workbench base's mortise-and-tenon joinery using a combination of hand and power tools.

Episode 3: Sliding Dovetail Partitions

Learn how to cut smooth sliding dovetail joinery as Philip C. Lowe assembles the drawer and door dividers on his workbench.

Episode 4: Glue Up the Base

Learn how to custom fit the workbench’s plywood panels and drawer runners as the base is dry-fit and assembled.

Episode 5: Benchtop

Learn how to glue-up a flat and stable workbench top complete with enough dog holes to secure any workpiece.

Episode 6: Dovetailed Drawers

Philip C. Lowe demonstrates traditional dovetailed drawer joinery. (Episode 7 will be available on Friday, October 25th.)

Episode 7: Frame-and-Panel Door

Learn how to build a solid, traditional frame-and-panel door for your workbench, then wrap up the project with tips on bench dogs.

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