21st Century Workbench

Off to Build a Bunch of Benches

One of the common questions I was asked at last weekend’s Woodworking in America conference was “where’s your bench?” My schedule was full with SketchUp and Mortise-and-Tenon classes (teaching, not taking), and I had to answer “I don’t know.” I hadn’t seen my bench since we unloaded it from the freight elevator Thursday afternoon....

The Best Dogs Are Mutts

It’s easy to get carried away with the things we need for woodworking. We don’t have to look far to find someone with a better mousetrap for sale. I did a quick Google search on bench dogs and found a bunch of variations, including some that I own. When I built my bench about...

Bob’s Bench-6 Months Down the Road

Of all the projects I’ve built in the four and a half years I’ve been with Popular Woodworking, the 21st Century Workbench has been my favorite, and it’s been a favorite with readers as well. I’ve received many e-mails from readers who are building there own version, or getting ready to build one. It’s...

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VIDEO – Build the 21st-Century Workbench

This new workbench from Robert W. Lang combines the best workholding devices and ideas from a number of historic bench forms, along with a few design twists of his own. Whether you use power tools or hand tools (or both), this knockdown bench design is perfectly suited for the modern workshop.

Bob’s Bench – Completed Bench and Friendly Wager

Last Thursday I put the finishing touches on my new workbench, just in time for a Friday-morning photo session. The plan was to shoot on location, and editor Christopher Schwarz and I were discussing the plan. The one item not resolved was actually moving the bench from our shop to another shop with a...

Bob’s Bench-Week 2 Becomes Week 3

Sometimes it’s hard to get enough shop time in, and that’s how it’s felt the last week and a half. We’ve been scrambling to get the next issue of Woodworking Magazine ready to send to the printer and getting our October issue going. It wouldn’t be so bad, but I’m taking lots of photos...

Bob’s Bench-A Decent First Week

I’ve started on the bench, spending as much time in the shop as I could spare, and after a week and a day, it looks like I’m making good progress. The shop is messy, but there are now piles of parts where a stack of rough lumber used to be. I’ve probably spent about...

A Proper Bench for Bob-Answers and Revisions

Because my last post generated a lot of response, I’m posting some more pictures of the bench I’m planning to build, and I’ll answer some of the questions raised. A lot of the changes in the drawing below were in my head, but hadn’t appeared in the drawing. The original post was a spur...