Tune Up Your Workbench
You can't do good work on a worn-out bench, so flatten the top, tighten the base, and adjust the vises
Synopsis: Your workbench is one of the most important tools in the shop, and it takes a terrific beating. After all, it serves as a platform for sawing, planing, chiseling, hammering, pounding, gluing, and finishing. Even the most impressive bench would need careful restoration after years of such treatment. Richard Humphreville lays out the steps that will bring your old warhorse back into shape — handplaning the surface, repairing and tuning the vises, fixing small dents and major gouges, checking the base, and finally, sanding and sealing the benchtop.
From Fine Woodworking #203
Even after 30 years as a cabinetmaker, I still vividly remember the painstaking effort it took to build my first professional workbench. The finished bench was a thing of beauty, and at first I was reluctant to use it, showing it off to anyone who walked into my shop. When I did start using it, the inevitable first ding…