How to build a workbench – (Video Part 3) Cross cutting the top

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.

We are still getting the delayed video series together for the workbench build. Here is the latest instalment. Also, we have put together a section on the website wich puts series of articles into a more organised format. The first we have done is the workbench. This should be easier for those of you who are using it to build a bench to find the articles. You can find it here or by the link in the navigation bar labeled ‘My Series’.


  1. Hi Paul,

    I have been waiting for the videos and glad to see the next in series. Watching you work is possibly the next best thing to actually working with you – an unlikely event. So, I really look forward to these posts and videos! Please keep them coming!

    I am sure you receive emails from many telling you how you have impacted their woodworking habits. I for one now think about woodworking with hand tools rather than my power tools (the need for which is never ending!) You have really opened my eyes to the joy of woodworking with hand tools. The side -benefit of not having to look like Darth Vader is absolutely fantastic. I have started acquiring a few hand saws, added a Stanley #4 to my arsenal and looking forward to working on a project entirely by hand. I guess this is the effect you intended to produce and you probably have changed many like myself. I sincerely thank you for your generous sharing of your skills, wisdom and philosophy.

    I personally would benefit greatly to see your bench in action. I would love to see all theu ways in which you can hold small and large work pieces. Pictures (video would be even more illustrative) would be highly appreciated.

    Thank You,

  2. Hello Paul,
    Thank you for the video. The problem that I have is following the line on the backside of cut – following the line I see is not too difficult. I always watch that I am square by looking at the two surface at the starting corner, but the there is usually a bit of an angle to the cut. Is there anything more to do along with practice? Would creating a more pronounced knife wall on the backside or a starting cut on the back help more?

    1. No, I would crosscut from the edge first, that is, saw square across the narrow edge, go in about 1/2″, then drop the stock flat and begin angling along the wide face. That way the shorter cut will guide you square one way and you can guide from up above the other way.

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