Handyman's Workbench

Home shops require a sturdy workbench that can handle all sorts of tasks. After all, most of us tackle a whole lot more home improvement jobs than fine joinery.

I designed a bench with unshakable joints, a dead-flattop, and enough mass to keep it firmly anchored during the most intense work sessions. Instead of nails, this bench has drawbored mortise-and-tenon joints and reliable nut-and-bolt connections. The top is laminated from three layers of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) for a flat working surface. This heavyweight material contributes enormously to the bench’s solidity. I’ve often wanted to work while sitting, but the design of my previous workbench made that awkward. In this bench, I located the lower stretchers toward the back. That way, I can pull a stool right up when I have detailed work to do or just need a break. The bench also features several convenient options. You can build either or both of them now or add them later. The drawers keep frequently used tools and accessories within easy reach, and the shelf stores more tools and fasteners, so the bench top is always ready for your next project.

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What You Get:

  • 11 pages of step-by-step instructions
  • 47 full-color photos, illustrations and exploded views
  • Materials list
  • Retail sources for project supplies

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