This compact bench will fit in any shop, but that doesn’t mean it’s light on features.
In spite of its decorative appeal and small size, this bench is meant to be used hard. It’s similar to the benches you’d find in trade schools over 100 years ago. This version sticks to the classic design but takes advantage of modern materials like plywood and full-extension drawer slides. In spite of the modern touches, the traditional through-tenon joinery guarantees the bench can withstand heavy use. And the solid-wood top adds the mass and strength to stand up to any woodworking task. And it can be built using ¾"-thick material. These elements combine to provide a rock-solid bench that’s sure to last for generations.
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- 14 pages of step-by-step instructions
- 50 full-color photos, illustrations and exploded views
- Shop-tested tips and techniques ensure your success
- Retail sources for hardware and supplies
- Materials list and cutting Diagram
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Sturdy and solid — nothing on this workbench is fragile. Even the metal vise features heavy wooden jaws, so it has a wide clamping surface and holds a pair of bench dogs.
Build this workbench in a weekend with materials you can find at the local home center and then use it for a lifetime.
The United States Customary System of Units (USCS or USC), more commonly referred to as the English or Imperial system, is the standard set of units for our plans. It uses inches and feet for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are in the United States, and it is the one we have traditionally offered on this website.
The International System of Units (SI), more commonly referred to as the metric system, is the alternative set of units that we have available for some of our plans. It uses millimeters, centimeters, and meters for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are outside the United States. These plans are provided by our business partner, Australian Woodsmith, and are based on the original Woodsmith plan. However, dimensions and other elements of the plan may vary between the metric and standard versions. Be sure to double-check the plan before building.