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 a workhorse than showpiece. Its also a bench that most woodworkers can build using tools found in an average small shop: tablesaw, portable planer, crosscut saw, router, drill press, and hand tools. Details such as round and square benchdogs are debated and resolved, and though this design doesn't have a tool tray, one could easily be added.

From Fine Woodworking #167

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