- Product # 061084
- Type DVD with Google SketchUp digital plan
- ISBN 978-1-60085-383-8
- Length 30 minutes
- Published Date 2010
Don’t just dream it. Now you can make it. Our video workshop DVD series was developed to demonstrate important woodworking techniques while building a specific project – such as this popular workbench. Geared for beginners and intermediate woodworkers, this 30-minute video features our Fine Woodworking experts, teaching basics and guiding you through the process.
Build a bench so big and impressive, it’s called The Monster. The answer to every woodworker’s dream, this bench is perfect for hand- and power-tool use. Plus, it features a thick top on a sturdy base with both glued and knockdown mortise-and-tenon joints, along with twin-screw vise and plenty of useful dog holes. Because this video leaves nothing to chance, you really can make it.
Includes digital SketchUp plan and covers the following topics:
- Building a Sturdy Base
- Tenon Techniques
- Assembling the Base
- Building a Beefy Benchtop
- Installing a Twin-Screw Vise
- Finishing Touches: Bench Dog and More
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- A solid production showing how to build a solid workbench! Review by Wood Talk Review Show
The Monster Workbench is a solid and straightforward offering. In the last few years, the common workbench has come under scrutiny and a bench like this tends to get a bad rap these days. So for me, it was refreshing to see a simple yet sturdy single-vise design with little in the way of bells or whistles. Kenney provides reasonable justification for his design and executes it in a way that really resonates with me. He clearly is a hybrid woodworker and takes the time to show some techniques using hand tools only as an alternative, making this project approachable for everyone. My only significant gripe with this production is the length. There are many subtle details and solutions to problems that inevitably arise when building a workbench. It would have been nice to see these issues addressed given the fact that there was plenty of room on the DVD, and in all likelihood the footage fell to the editing room floor. Judging from the reference to “episodes” in the script, I assume this production was originally intended for the FineWoodworking.com website and as we know, anything over 5 minutes is far too long for the average woodworker to sit through (dripping with sarcasm).
(Posted on 2/14/13)
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