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John, All I can say is WOW. What a pleasant process, friendly service, and of course the final product! I was blown away at the level of craftsmanship. Beautiful, but still with character – you can tell that the bench is handcrafted. I am a competitive pistol shooter, and compete regularly in USPSA. When we moved to Florida, the heat and humidity made reloading in the garage a definite “no!”. The search began, and of course the question – “Do I build one myself, or have a bench made?”. Let me tell you, if you have average skills but don’t have the time, and want the quality of what you order to blow you away – just order your bench from American Workbench! My bench definitely has the stamp of approval from my wife! I haven’t mounted my press yet – but the bench is heavy enough that I won’t have to anchor it to the wall, and I’m also very excited about that. Thanks for making such a quality product – you have one very happy customer right here! All the best, TravisTravis Cartwright Read more Read less View All

Wooden Work Bench

John, All I can say is WOW. What a pleasant process, friendly service, and of course the final product! I was blown away at the level of craftsmanship. Beautiful, but still with character – you can tell that the bench is handcrafted. I am a competitive pistol shooter, and compete regularly in USPSA. When we moved to Florida, the heat and humidity made reloading in the garage a definite “no!”. The search began, and of course the question – “Do I build one myself, or have a bench made?”. Let me tell you, if you have average skills but don’t have the time, and want the quality of what you order to blow you away – just order your bench from American Workbench! My bench definitely has the stamp of approval from my wife! I haven’t mounted my press yet – but the bench is heavy enough that I won’t have to anchor it to the wall, and I’m also very excited about that. Thanks for making such a quality product – you have one very happy customer right here! All the best, Travis

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I made my version of a Roubo bench over 20 years ago. According to the latest bench rules it is too tall, too wide, has too many vises (I use both sides of my bench and that might be a no no, not sure ), and has far too many holes. Did I mention that I have a double row of dog holes with a user made dual row wagon vise? I had no idea they were called a wagon vise back then. Being a tool maker and tinkerer at heart I just made a vise that I thought at the time was an original idea for the main side. Couple of dowels in a piece of wood straddling the two rows and I have a bench stop, or a different variation gives me a 3 point clamping system. If that isn’t bad enough it also has drawers on the bottom to store seldom used tools and supplies. Maybe if it had taken me a few weeks to drill all those holes and mount a few vises I would only have one vise and 8 holes too. I dunno

Wooden Work Bench

The new bench will be more spare, from Menards Doug Fir 4×4’s for legs and top. Leg vise will be added, and some bench dog holes for my holdfasts. And lower than the old one. I’ve learned that planing requires, for me, a lower bench. But I’ll be keeping the old bench. It’s been a good friend for almost 20 years, and has served me well.

Wooden Work Bench

Wood moves, but obsessing about it while designing the bench wastes more energy than dealing with it after the bench is built. Your bench will go out of flat. When it becomes a problem, you can fix it in less than 45 minutes of work.

Wooden Work Bench

I’ve built workbenches with more than 100 students. In every class, there’s one guy who wants to put a vise on every corner of the bench. Not because it’s a partner’s bench for two people. Just because he wants it that way. While I support your freedom to choose, I also don’t want to spend two weeks installing complex tail-vise hardware on your bench when we could be building furniture instead.

Wooden Work Bench

Any wood (even plywood) can be used to make a bench. The material should be cheap, easy to get, heavy (if possible), dry-ish and heavy (if possible). After a few years of use, your bench will look like every other used bench – beat up, broke in and awesome.

Wooden Work Bench

1. In this post, you kindly remind us not to make it too deep or worry too much about the height. I presume you still believe a bench cannot be too long or too heavy? I’m with you — just asking if that’s actually still your opinion, since the bench above appears to be yet another six footer. (If longer is better, why don’t you build an 8 or 10′ for your home shop?) TYIA – remember, I’ve bought all my lumber to start my new bench, but I haven’t milled anything yet, so you’re really helping in an immediate way here!

Hi Metalworkingdude, WOW, what a great bench! I just got all my power tools read to use and am getting ready to build my first bench myself. I don’t think I am anywhere near talented to build anything like you built though. I do want to have a “thick, heavy and stable” bench though. I just do not know were to start. So, wish me luck!

Great advice. May I add #11?…if you’re left handed (like me), build a left handed bench. It sounds obvious, but when I made my bench, I had looked at all the pictures in my books, laid out plans for a nice, traditional bench, built it, then realized my front vise should have been on the other end (I have no tail vise). I plane from left to right, and the front vise is always in the way.

John: Sorry I have not touched base with you sooner, The Bench really looks great.Looks like everything is there. Part of the bench is in my basement but the heavy part is still in the garage up stairs trying to get some of my friends to help me load it in the back of my pickup to drive it to the lower level where my basement is, but if you’ve been looking at the weather out west you can see Billings had over 10″ of snow so until the weather warms up and my pasture out back drys up it’s going to be a while before everything gets put together.I will keep you posted and send you Picture after we get all the items placed on the bench.,Again thank your Staff and you for building such a great product.Duane Walker Read more Read less View All

John: Sorry I have not touched base with you sooner, The Bench really looks great.Looks like everything is there. Part of the bench is in my basement but the heavy part is still in the garage up stairs trying to get some of my friends to help me load it in the back of my pickup to drive it to the lower level where my basement is, but if you’ve been looking at the weather out west you can see Billings had over 10″ of snow so until the weather warms up and my pasture out back drys up it’s going to be a while before everything gets put together.I will keep you posted and send you Picture after we get all the items placed on the bench.,Again thank your Staff and you for building such a great product.

And, in general, your bench only has to be super-flat along the front 12” of the length of the benchtop. After five or 10 years, your bench will hardly move at all.

Seriously, they are both great books. If you are building a French or an English bench then the blue one is a good choice. If you want information on those plus a few other styles of benches the maroon one has more choices. Either one will provide lots of good general information on building a good solid bench so I don’t think you can go wrong with either one. I haven’t regretted buying either one and if you can afford it I recommend both because, while they share a lot of common information, they have different levels of detail on different things. If I could only have one of them I guess I would choose the maroon one because of all the extra information on vises. Hope that helps.

Having lots of holes doesn’t really weaken the bench, but they are a lot of work to execute, and you don’t need them unless you have some special operation in mind. Start with the minimum; add more as you need them.

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