Bench Work Today

It’s a bright sunny morning and I am about to start working on the workbench in my back garden (yard US) again now that the Foundational Workshop Part III is done and my students are gone.

I will probably post on more of my progress this evening, but mostly I will be planing and gluing up components for legs and aprons and such. Of course filming is par for the course and that slows me down a bit but apart from waiting for glue drying I can make one of these pine benches in a long day.

When I have all of the parts laminated ready for joinery we will start mortising the legs and forming the cross-rail tenons too. This evening I will post on the tools I will be using but you will need nothing expensive or fancy. Just ordinary everyday tools and a little sweat equity!

See you later!



NOTE:Just so you know, this is an older workbench series. Paul has a newer Workbench series. If you are interested in the updated version of Paul’s workbench please click the button down below. This page links to a cutting list, tools list, FAQS and much more.


  1. Hi Paul,

    I am excited to see the workbench build.  Looks like I will need to buy several more clamps for the glue up.  Any suggestions?  Thanks.

    Brandon Avakian

    1. Use the ones I am using In the US oir the UK they are quite inexpensive and they will work for years. In the US you can get them from Harbor Freight on line or in their stores, in the UK you can get them online and many hardware stores carry the Faithfull brand. These clamps are all made in China. They have some faults but of you go back in my blog about 9 months you can see how I retrofit the channel with a piece of wood and glue 1/4″ plywood to the heads as cushions. I have used them 20 years with few problems. Usually they seem to be either $7 or £7 each.

          1. Thanks Matt. You told me that at the Castle and I forgot. Now I will remember

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