A workbench is the centerpoint of the workshop. I’ve worked with a makeshift workbench that I would characterize as an assembly bench primarily as it had very little in the way of workholding ability. This page is dedicated to the evolution of the workbench in my workshop.
What my workshop looked like when I started the blog – includes pictures of my assembly/outfeed bench.
Workbench redesign – analysis of the bench – a look at my original bench (pre hand tool)
Workbench redesign – location, location, location – early thoughts on workshop layout with a handtool bench
The Northeastern Woodworkers Show 2011 – slideshow of benches on display at the show
2012 is the year of the workbench – thoughts on workbenches.
The Petite 21st Century Split Top Roubo Plus – workbench design
The workbench build begins – design and lumber.
How to build an L-shaped tailvise using Lee Valley hardware – vise design/building
Workbench Endcaps – finishing up the front slab assembly
Installing the tail vise – final installation of the vise hardware
Workbench base – milling, joining and drawboring the base structure
Leg vise design and experimentation – experimenting with St. Peter’s cross and building my glide leg vise
Front vise installation – adding a front vise to the back slab of the workbench
Slabs installed on the base – securing the slabs in place on the base
Flattening the bench top – method for router flattening a bench
Trays and lower shelf – building trays/tool holders and installing the shelf
Sliding deadman – building a board jack into the workbench
Workbench finishing – final touches and the actual oil/varnish/thinner finish gets applied