Compact, All-Purpose Workbench

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Space is a luxury that many woodworkers, especially those living in the city, cannot afford.

At the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop, I designed a bench to accommodate those who want to do serious woodworking, but who don’t have enough space for a full-sized workbench. This compact copy of our school’s traditional bench is perfectly suited for cramped garages and basements.

This bench solves another problem faced by woodworkers: mobility. Remove a pair of lag screws in the top and four bolts in the legs, and this bench is ready for transport. But don’t let the knock-down hardware fool you; this bench is meant for serious work. Even under heavy hand-planing, it does not rack.

Pre-built components and modern vise hardware make for a fast and easy build. For example, the laminated butcher-block top saves days of milling and assembly. And the metal front and end vises can both be attached in a few hours. My students finish their benches in six evening classes; working at home, you can complete this bench in a couple of weekends. To fully accessories your bench, make the complementary cabinet shown on page 55.

All Purpose Bench

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