The Not-So-Big Workbench

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Introduction: The Not-So-Big Workbench

Ed Pirnik offers an overview on what's involved in building a moderately-sized cabinetmaker's workbench that's chock-full of tool storage.

Episode 1: Mortises

Learn how to lay out and cut the mortises for your workbench.

Episode 2: Tenons and Foot Details

Learn how to cut tenons using a specialty blade and sled at the tablesaw.

Episode 3: Base Glue-Up

Assemble the base of your workbench using traditional pinned mortise-and-tenon joinery.

Episode 4: Workbench Tool Storage Pt. I

Cut and prep all the components required to outfit your workbench with drawer boxes.

Episode 5: Workbench Tool Storage Pt. II

Assemble your workbench drawer boxes using splined miters.

Episode 6: Drawers

Learn how to build sturdy drawers using finger joints.

Episode 7: False Fronts and Drawer Hardware

Create cherry flase fronts and mount brass ring pulls using a stepped mortise.

Episode 8: Benchtop

Learn how to glue-up, mill, and trim a solid maple workbench top.

Episode 9: Vise Installation and Finish

Learn the right way to mount a cast iron bench vise, then apply a traditional oil finish to your workbench.

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