The workbench is often called the largest tool in the shop. In our Woodworking Essentials series on setting up your shop, we lay out the rules that will help you pick the best bench features for the way you work. We take a new approach to tool testing; putting two-base router kits in the hands of a professional woodworker and turning him loose to find his favorite. Mario Rodriguez details the techniques for veneering with hot hide glue and Michael Dunbar presents a primer on using handplanes. Glen Huey builds a reproduction sugar chest and Troy Sexton shares the secrets for a finish that looks centuries old.
Here are some supplies and tools we find essential in our everyday work around the shop. We may receive a commission from sales referred by our links; however, we have carefully selected these products for their usefulness and quality.