This traditional design is as useful today as it was 200 years ago. It has all the features you need for building great projects.
This bench is designed to hold just about any size or shape of workpiece at whatever angle you need. The tail vise and accompanying dog holes can accommodate flat workpieces. The leg vise works in conjunction with a sliding board jack to hold even large boards on edge for work with a hand plane. This massive, solid-wood bench will absorb the forces of any hand-tool operation without a wobble or a shake. All in all, this bench will be an indispensable tool and provide generations of service.
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What You Get:
- 21 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
- More than 100 full-color photos and illustrations
- Retail sources for hardware and supplies
- Bonus technique article: Cutting Long Finger Joints
- Shop-tested guarantee from the editors of Woodsmith magazine
- Cutting diagram and materials list
Note: After your purchase, you will receive an email containing a PDF attachment of your purchased plan, as well as instructions for logging in to download the plan and access any other associated files and videos, which will all be located on this page.
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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.