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Good Workbench Is Critical to the Success of Home Projects

September 07, 1997

Any experienced woodworker can attest that a good workbench is one of the keys to success for any project. It's also the foundation piece for a good workshop. More than a simple work surface, a well-made woodworking bench incorporates precise angles and a level top that serve as gauges for other projects.

This build-it-yourself version features a heavy laminated top, a convenient storage bin underneath and a design that allows for a precision woodworking vise and bench stop.

Utilizing all straight cuts and simple construction techniques, the project allows even amateurs to achieve professional results. Although careful measuring and finishing (especially of the top) are required, it's mostly a simple matter of cutting out the pieces, laminating the top, and assembling with screws and carriage bolts.

The completed woodworking bench measures about 36 inches tall by 26 inches wide by 60 inches long. It is designed to fit a vise with a 4-by-7-inch jaw.

The Woodworking Bench plan, No. 866, is $8.95 and includes step-by-step directions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, assembly diagrams and a materials list and cutting schedule.

For more information on today's project, call (800) 828-2453.

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