Low Assembly Bench
Versatile platform puts your work at the right height
Synopsis: Amateur woodworker Bill Nyberg built a low platform bench that suits his sore back and the way he works. His bench is made for clamping; the edges overhang, and there’s a gap down the middle. He explains how to build the benchtops, from how the pipes run through the tops to assembling the double-pipe clamps. He advises keeping the ends flush when gluing, too. A detailed project plan shows how each element relates to the others.
My father learned woodworking in Sweden, and when he came to this country, he got a job building reproduction Early American furniture. The shop had been in operation since the late 1700s, and like those who worked before him, my father was assigned a huge bench with many drawers. He stored his tools and ate his lunch at the bench, but much of his actual work took place nearby on a low…