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In this video workshop, Philip C. Lowe shows you step-by-step, how to build the very same workbench that has served him for over 40 years. Its relatively small size means a craftsman can reach a workpiece resting on its top from all four sides—but don’t let its small footprint fool you. Down below, this bench is packed with plenty of storage for your favorite tools.
Philip C. Lowe
Philip C. Lowe, a professional woodworker since 1968, is the author of many Fine Woodworking articles and a long-time contributing editor. Lowe was an instructor at Boston’s North Bennet Street School from 1975 to 1985, the latter five years as head of the furniture-making department. He is the owner and director of his own woodworking school, the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, and is also a well-known teacher at schools throughout North America. He is a winner of the 2005 Cartouche Award, the highest honor given by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers
Produced by: Ed Pirnik; Video by: Gary Junken; Editing by: Tom Olivares
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September 13, 2013
Woodworking legend Philip C. Lowe shows off the signature elements of his personal workbench.
Learn how to properly mill your lumber flat, straight, and square. Then layout the workbench's primary joinery.
Learn how to cut and fit the workbench base's mortise-and-tenon joinery using a combination of hand and power tools.
Learn how to cut smooth sliding dovetail joinery as Philip C. Lowe assembles the drawer and door dividers on his workbench.
Learn how to custom fit the workbench’s plywood panels and drawer runners as the base is dry-fit and assembled.
Learn how to glue-up a flat and stable workbench top complete with enough dog holes to secure any workpiece.
Philip C. Lowe demonstrates traditional dovetailed drawer joinery. (Episode 7 will be available on Friday, October 25th.)
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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