New video workshop: My massive benchcomments (18) February 19th, 2009 in blogs
EDITOR'S NOTE: Matt's video is live, watch it here.
Next Monday (2/23/2009), you'll be able to watch a new video workshop at Fine Woodworking online. The workshop features my workbench, which was been dubbed "Matt's Monster Bench" by Anatole Burkin after he helped me move it. And it is a monster. The top is 7 feet long, 2 1/2 inches thick, and close to 30 inches wide. The base is quite a beast too. Thick trestle-style legs are joined to meaty stretchers to make a solid support system for the top.
I had a lot of fun filming the workshop, even though it was a bit stressful making the bench as we were filming. The final glue-up for the top was particularly frantic. I'm trying to wipe it from memory, but still have bad dreams about it. As crazy as that was, the top turned out very well. Pretty much dead flat out of the clamps. I explain how I was able to achieve that in the episode on making the top, so you can do it too.
There are a few quirky things about my bench. I only have a face vise, and use holdfasts to secure my work for planing and chopping. But it is versatile, and it's good for both handtools and powertools.
At any rate, if you're looking to build a new bench, check out my video workshop. Perhaps you'll like the bench enough to build your own version, or at least get some good ideas.
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