A large, heavy-duty workbench that’s easy to build. Combining traditional joinery and modern materials is the key.
Although the size of this bench is what you first notice (it’s nearly eight feet long and three feet wide, not including the vise), it’s really the construction that makes it interesting. It’s a blend of old and new technology. The base is built of heavy, solid lumber, using traditional mortise and tenon joinery. But the top is constructed primarily of MDF (medium- density fiberboard). So as well as being flat and stable, it has the additional benefit of being quick and easy to make (unlike a top that is glued up from solid wood). Another nice feature are the rows of dog holes along the front and left side of the bench. Combined with a few simple accessories , these make it easy to hold a workpiece while routing, sanding, or planing.
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What You Get:
- 17 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
- 100 full-color photos, illustrations and exploded views
- Materials list and cutting diagram
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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.