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In this video workshop, Ed Pirnik shows you step-by-step, how to build a traditional cabinetmaker’s workbench that’s sized for smaller home workshops. With its solid maple top, and tons of integrated tool storage, this bench doubles as a work center, and a place to house your most treasured hand tools.
Ed Pirnik is the senior web producer for FineWoodworking.com. He spent his college years apprenticing as a timber-frame carpenter before setting off for New York City, where he spent nearly ten years in the news industry. Never one for the big city, Ed traded in his notepad and pencil for a position at Fine Woodworking in 2009. Today he can be found experimenting with a variety of woodworking projects—from humidors and coffee tables, to violins and desks.
Produced by: Lisa Morgan; Video by: Gary Junken; Editing by: Gary Junken
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October 23, 2012
Ed Pirnik offers an overview on what's involved in building a moderately-sized cabinetmaker's workbench that's chock-full of tool storage.
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