Classic Workbench

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A big shop bench built with small-shop tools

Builder/Writer: Matthew Teague

Overall dimensions: 72⅞"w × 28⅝"d × 34½"h

Whether you’re a hand tool purist, a power tool junkie, or, like most of us, somewhere in between, chances are that you log more hours at your bench than any other workstation in the shop. Because the workbench serves as the cornerstone of a comfortable, efficient workshop, it’s worth investing time to construct one that you’ll use for a lifetime of woodworking.

When we found these plans in the Woodcraft archives, we knew we had discovered a true classic. Designed decades ago by Carlyle Lynch, a renowned teacher, draftsman, and woodworker, this bench fits the needs of woodworkers from any era.

Lynch’s midsized bench provides woodworkers what they need, without excess or over-ornamentation. Resting on a rock-solid base, the heavy-duty laminated wood top includes front and tail vises that hold stock of any shape or size for hand tool or machine work. The tool well and drawer keep your most-used tools out of the way, yet close at hand.

Our only departure from the original is the knockdown hardware in the base. We wanted to make sure that you can bring the bench to your next bigger shop.

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