A 5-foot workbench for the serious woodworker. Woodworker Ed Pirnik offers an overview of techniques involved in building this compact yet amazingly useful bench in Not So Big Workbench, an engaging video.
The perfect choice for a home workshop. Finding a bench that will fit comfortably into the constraints of the basement or garage workshop can limit choices. But, the innovative thinking that went into the design of the Not So Big Workbench offers a viable option that’s sure to please. This compact bench fits in most home workshops, yet it includes the must-have features all woodworkers need, even those doing more challenging projects.
Make this remarkable bench using traditional joinery. Built using pinned mortise-and-tenon joinery, the Not So Big Workbench features twin banks of drawers that double as a tool-storage center. Intended for handplane use, it is outfitted with a customized housing for a plane stop below the benchtop and right beside the vise, offering easy access to one of your shop’s most-used accessories.
In less than an hour you learn dozens of new skills and techniques. As you follow this master cabinetmaker through the steps of building the Not So Big Workbench, you’ll appreciate its many features and enjoy opportunities to hone your own skills. This video covers all of this and more:
- Cutting and sizing mortises and parts
- Making tenons and shaping the curved foot details
- Gluing up the base to form a rock-solid foundation
- Building storage drawers with strong splined miter joints
- Building sturdy drawers quickly using a box-joint jig
- Gluing up square drawers
- Dressing up your bench with false fronts and brass ring pulls
- Crafting a solid maple benchtop that’s heavy, stable, and flat
- Installing a cast-iron vise and front benchtop apron
- Locating and making benchdog holes and more
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