A New Shop, a New Workbench and the “Kitchen Test”

I’m not sure if I can call it “progress” yet, but I have acquired access to a larger shop space. It is rather run-down, so there is some work to be done. Sweeping was first. A close second was taking a look at the workbench. It was surrounded by a pile of locally harvested...


Getting Bit by the Toothed Planing Stop

I know there are people who use edge tools straight out of the box, but I can’t. I always sharpen them. So why should workbench accessories be any different? For many years I’ve been indifferent to metal planing stops. The aluminum ones are terrible for too many reasons to even get into here. The...


Four Free Woodworking Tips from Our Readers

“Tricks of the Trade” is one of the most well-liked sections in our magazine. Here are four of these reader-submitted woodworking tips from the many we published last year. Enjoy! And if you like what you see, consider a subscription to the magazine. The content is deep. You’ll learn a ton with each issue....

A Roman bench from Pompeii. Probably 50 A.D.

The First Recorded Workbench

The first time I saw an 18th-century workbench, I thought: Wow. That will never work. But then I built some of these benches (dozens, actually), and I am a huge fan of the form’s stability, simplicity and purity. So the first time I saw a Roman workbench from 50 A.D., I thought: Hmmm. That...

February 2013 Issue Popular Woodworking

2013 Issues of Popular Woodworking Magazine

February 2013 Southern Cellarette Japanese Chisels Shell, Stone & Metal Inlay A Bed for the Thorsen House Dan’s Whetstones April 2013 City Sideboard Quarter Columns Compound Dovetails A Workholding Renaissance Greene & Greene Inlay June 2013 Hannah’s Inlaid Chest Wharton Esherick The Milkman’s Workbench Chimney Cupboard Wall-mounted Server


‘Milkman’s Workbench’ Without Screws

The portable “Milkman’s Workbench” from the June 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine has attracted a lot of attention, judging from the e-mail piling up in my Inbox. The No. 1 question: How can I build the bench without wooden bench screws? One answer: wedges. Reader Ilkka Sivonen of FInland built the bench without...


Build a Bench, Help a Serviceman

One of the biggest obstacles to beginning woodworkers is carving out a space to work in, and building a bench to work on. Recently, I built a pair of portable workbenches that are closely based on a now-disappeared commercial bench from the 20th century. These small-scale benches clamp to almost any surface, from a...