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Still don't have a workbench? This one is easycomments (54) September 16th, 2009 in blogs
When I got interested in woodworking, I thought it was all about the tools and started collecting them quickly. But I quickly realized it was a struggle to get anything done on sawhorses and wobbly shop tables. And I've seen friends go years without a good way to hold workpieces.
A woodworker won't get far without a solid workbench of some kind, with a vise made for woodworking. But most workbench plans are so complicated you need a workbench to build them! That's not to mention the expensive hardwood and the large arsenal of tools and skills they require.
That's why we created this workbench for our free Getting Started in Woodworking video series. It uses common lumberyard supplies, and requires just a drill and a circular saw. I know you've all got those! So if you've been thinking about getting started, or if you've been struggling without a real bench, you don't have any excuses anymore.
Here's how to build the base. And download the free PDF woodworking plan for measured drawings and dimensions.
Visit Getting Started in Woodworking for more episodes from the series. We complete this project and show you 10 great ways to use a woodworking bench. We also put the bench to work building an oak bookcase.
|More workbench projects on FineWoodworking.com
• The Essential Workbench
• Matt's Monster Workbench
• New-Fangled Workbench
• An Innovative Workbench
• Rock-Solid Plywood Bench
Update: Thanks for the feedback below about this bench. If you’ve made it… please snap some pictures and post them in our gallery, like masswood who uploaded photos of his bench. Also, for more on the Getting Started bench on the World Wide Web, check out Karen’s workbench, the tale of Dave’s workbench odyssey, and a version on instructables.com by jdege.
For a SketchUp version of the bench, visit the Google 3D Warehouse and download a model drawn by Jack Wilson of Fort Worth, Texas.
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