Workbench

A workbench is essentially a table fitted with various holding devices, such as benchstops and vises, made sufficiently strong and massive to be used for a variety of woodworking operations. The modern workbench derives from two separate pieces: a table
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  • Tool Cabinet for a WorkbenchTool Cabinet for a Workbench

    by Lon Schleining

    This workbench tool cabinet is designed to complement the Essential Workbench, featured in Tools and Shops, Winter 2003/2004 and designed by Lon Schleining and ...

  • A Short History of WorkbenchesA Short History of Workbenches

    by Graham Blackburn

  • The Essential WorkbenchThe Essential Workbench

    by Lon Schleining

    The author and Fine Woodworking editors collaborated to design an essential workbench for todays woodworker, one that is straightforward to build and is more of ...

  • Rock-Solid WorkbenchRock-Solid Workbench

    by Jon Leppo

    An end vise makes a workbench more user friendly, and exact plans and step-by-step instructions help you build one for yourself. Whether you build a workbench using ...

  • The WorkbenchThe Workbench

    by Graham Blackburn

    This richly illustrated article traces the evolution of what some consider the most important tool of the craft, the workbench. A closer appreciation of its uses ...

  • Mike Dunbar's WorkbenchMike Dunbar's Workbench

    by Michael Dunbar

    This workbench was styled after one built 200 years ago; it’s heavy, solid, and doesn’t wobble, though the joints are easy to adjust for seasonal movement. It’s ...

  • A Bench Built to LastA Bench Built to Last

    by Dick McDonough

    This massive workbench owes its sturdiness to its modular base. Its top is flat and durable, it supports a variety of vises, and its wide edgings accept benchdogs. ...

  • A Workbench That WorksA Workbench That Works

    by Philip C. Lowe

    Philip C. Lowe describes how he designed and built his first workbench, and how it changed over the years. It is large enough to hold his hand tools, yet small ...

  • New-Fangled WorkbenchNew-Fangled Workbench

    by John White

    Fine Woodworking’s shop manager John White talks about the value of a good workbench, whether you do a lot of handwork or not. He researched American and European ...

  • A New Breed of Shaving HorseA New Breed of Shaving Horse

    by Brian Boggs

    This article includes woodworking plans and expert instruction for building a traditional shaving horse, as described by Kentucky chairmaker Brian Boggs. This full-contact ...

  • Woodworking BenchesWoodworking Benches

    by Michael Dunbar

    A joiner’s bench is long and narrow with a vise along the side and at one end. Chair makers frequently work on a low platform called a framing bench. All good benches ...

  • An Easy-to-Build WorkbenchAn Easy-to-Build Workbench

    by Richard Starr

    Richard Starr designed a bolt-together workbench that is quick and easy to construct, yet professional looking and absolutely rigid. It consists of four legs and ...

  • A Classic BenchA Classic Bench

    by Frank Klausz

    Frank Klausz’s joiner bench is outfitted with shoulder and tail vises and steel dogs that can clamp a workpiece in a variety of positions. It’s build solidly enough ...

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