Plywood Workbench is Out

I am excited and I hope that you are too! The intro for the plywood workbench series was announced recently here and the first episode went out today so this is just a heads up for you. You may be surprised that the whole series is free on Woodworking Masterclasses and goes out two weeks before YouTube. If you do like what we do please tell your friends about it so we can continue to supply top-notch video work for teaching and training. If you are not subscribed and you want to enjoy all of the free content for learning new skills in fine woodworking, tool techniques and methods of work, go to WWMC.

You can view the introduction to the series at the end of this post.

In this series it’s the first time we’ve relied more on using a machine to rip and crosscut material. The bandsaw features throughout the work to lighten then load a bit. I plan on subsequent bandsaw technique videos for those struggling to fine tune and use such a machine to know what can be expected from it as a work horse and it will help whether the machines are large or small, old or new.

Soon the series will be out on YouTube too, but we like to give some priority to our members on Woodworking Masterclasses. You have been so faithful and supportive of our work over the years and I hope we can rely on your continued help.

If you are already a free subscriber or a paying member please continue encouraging your friends to join us and help us to grow the community. I designed this plywood workbench series to help bridge the ever-growing gap between the different spheres engaged in woodworking. My picture below should tell the story about how happy I am to bring this workbench to the hand tool platform of woodworking!

Here is the introduction for you to see what we have coming up.

Click here to go to Woodworking Masterclasses and view Episode 1.

5 comments on “Plywood Workbench is Out

  1. Hi Paul looking forward to seeing this one. I want to update my bench it’s in need of a new top.
    I think a laminate top would be the buisines.
    Regards Larry.

  2. Just downloaded the video and had a very pleasant and educational time watching it.

    Many have said it before but I’ll say it again: the quality of your videos is very impressive. Especially when viewing some other videos (either on woodworking or other topics) I quickly realize how spoilt I’ve become by your video-workmanship. The lighting, the audio-level, the close-ups when needed, different angles of view, the editing. In short, professional (though I know you dislike that word)

    The Workmate is what I use as a bench at the moment. It’s not perfect but it gets the job done, though occasionally with a bit of figuring out how to tackle a problem. It’s nice to see that you don’t consider yourself above using one. The trick is to always work as good as you can within your own specific limitations (regarding tools, space, medical conditions, etc.)

    Looking forward to the next episodes.

  3. I think that this plywood workbench will be a very, very interesting series and job. My own workbench (a strange hybrid between Paul’s bench and other benchs I’ve seen on books, made from a strong and heavy old birch table, of which I had the top and the frame), has a steel tail vise and its jaws are covered with a three-layer birch plywood cover, in wich I have drilled the holes for a pair or Veritas dogs. The assembly is rock-solid. I can imagine a workbench made as Paul suggests; I’m sure it will be sturdy and rock-solid too. If it is cut by bandsaw, by table saw or with a kitchen knife is not important for me. I think the idea is excellent, and I thank Paul and team for showing it to us.

  4. This is actually interesting to me. I have a friend that wants to woodwork, but has limited space and tools. I have been considering getting a tabletop bandsaw, like the Wen on Amazon. There is no way i could bring my contractor table saw to his house to help him. But a small bandsaw i could drive over and leave it with him a few weeks to help build this bench. Then he would have a solid bench to get to hand tool woodworking on. Thanks!

  5. Another interesting and informative project, as always. Please include a relative cost of the two workbenches – hardwood vs plywood. Is the plywood approach half the cost of hardwood?
    Best, Will

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