Modern Baker Workbench
This bench incorporates a plywood top with a thick hardwood base. A cabinet provides welcome storage.
A workbench often is the most used tool in a shop. Not only is it a station for anything from gluing to sanding to hand tool work, but it’s also a platform for planning — for scribing cut lines, laying out joinery, and poring over plans. It’s the center that joins all work across the shop, and the base of operations for any woodworker. As such, it needs to be a strong, stable piece, but also one that you’ll enjoy standing before and looking over. When our designer, Dillon Baker, was conceiving the new nexus for his own workspace in the shop at Woodsmith, the bench you see here was the result. The first thing that catches the eye on this bench is the top, laminated from strips of Baltic birch plywood, held together and protected by epoxy. Equally strong are the cherry legs and stretchers below. A particular pair of vises, made by HNT Gordon, aren’t like the ones you’d see on your grandfather’s bench. Rather than being made of hardwood or cast iron, these are made from precise and stable machined aluminum. Finally, seated on the stretchers is a cabinet of Baltic birch and cherry. Altogether, this is a workbench of a truly modern mindset — not merely in its open aesthetic, but also in its construction. The bench makes the most of contemporary materials for both functionality and a fresh sense of style.
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- 8 pages of step-by-step instructions
- 26 full-color exploded views, photos and illustrations
- Materials and aupplies list
- Retail sources for hardware
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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.
All of the information that you need to build our plans can be found in the standard plan. However, if you want even more granular detail to make your job easier, you should consider our premium plans. These come with additional shop diagrams that we drew when creating the prototypes. Shop drawings are not available for every plan.