A Workbench 30 Years in the Making
Hand-tool expert Garrett Hack designs his second bench, based on everything he’s learned.
Synopsis: There is 30 years of woodworking experience built into this bench, with its large top, solid base, and multiple ways to hold work. That’s because Garrett Hack has been thinking about what he’d put into a new workbench almost since he built his first one. This version has a beefy trestle-style base constructed with mortise-and-tenon joints, a sturdy tongue-and-groove top with big breadboard ends, and lots of ways to hold work: a front vise and a tail vise, used in tandem with benchdogs and a holdfast, and a sliding stop at one end.
When I built my first bench well over 30 years ago, I had limited furniture-making experience, so I adapted the design from some benches I had used in various classes. That first bench has been a solid friend in the shop for many years. But as my experience level increased, I kept a mental list…
Get the Plan
Digital plans, a cutlist, and a SketchUp drawing for this project are available in the Fine Woodworking store.