Build a master furniture maker’s favorite bench. In this Fine Woodworking workshop download, award-winning craftsman Philip C. Lowe will show you how to build the workbench that’s been his trusty workshop companion for 40 years. Plus, your download comes complete with digital and SketchUp plans.
Don’t let the size fool you! Despite its relatively small footprint, this bench offers woodworkers big benefits: It easily fits in most shops and is nicely proportioned, allowing you to reach your work from all four sides. And, the design offers loads of storage down below for stowing your favorite tools.
Master a variety of traditional joinery techniques. As you build your own version of Philip’s workbench, you’ll expand your know-how on these important topics:
- Joinery preparation
- Mortise-and-tenon joinery
- Sliding dovetails
- Gluing up the base
- Benchtop construction
- Dovetailed drawers
- Door and bench dogs
Get the inside story on Philip Lowe’s signature techniques: With Basic Workbench with Built-In Storage download you can build the same exact bench that has served Philip for decades. Plus, you’ll learn his secrets for cutting sliding dovetails, laying out and cutting benchdog holes, and tackling benchtop glue-up in easy stages.
About the Author A professional woodworker since 1968, Philip C. Lowe is a longtime contributor to Fine Woodworking. An instructor at Boston’s North Bennet Street School from 1975 to 1985, he headed the furniture-making department for five of those years. He is the owner and director of his own school, the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, and is also a well-known teacher at schools throughout North America. He is a winner of the 2005 Cartouche Award, the highest honor given by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, and the 2010 Artisanship Award by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America.
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SKU FWW61067138 Table Of Contents
Woodworking legend Philip C. Lowe shows off the signature elements of his personal workbench and outlines the steps involved in its construction.
Episode 1: Joinery Preparation
Accurate joinery is impossible to execute without flat, square lumber. Learn how to properly mill your lumber before measuring and cutting to length, and marking out the workbench base’s primary joinery.
Episode 2: Mortise-and-Tenon Joinery
Learn how to cut and fit the base’s mortise-and-tenon joinery using a combination of hand and power tools. Then, layout and cut the rabbets that will accept the base’s plywood panels.
Episode 3: Sliding Dovetail Partitions
Don’t be fooled, sliding dovetails are easier to cut than you might think. Learn how to craft this signature joint quickly and easily with a bit of help from your router. Then, get ready to tackle the workbench’s first glue-up.
Episode 4: Glue Up the Base
As with any furniture project, glue-up happens in stages. Learn how to custom fit the workbench’s plywood panels and drawer runners as the base is dry-fit and assembled.
Episode 5: Benchtop
A solid benchtop provides a firm work surface as well as the added weight required for handplaning. Learn how to lay out and cut benchdog holes, and then tackle the benchtop glue-up in stages.
Episode 6: Drawers
With five drawers below the benchtop, this workbench does double-duty as a storage station. Learn how to cut and fit traditional dovetailed drawers, with a special emphasis on Philip C. Lowe’s techniques for a tight, accurate fit.
Episode 7: Door and Bench Dogs
Learn how to construct and hang a simple door using mortise-and-tenon joinery, then catch Lowe’s tips on how to get the most out of your bench dogs as the workbench project wraps up.
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