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. Eventually, I poked my head in the classroom next door to mine where Roy Underhill and Frank Klausz were teaching.
Things were quiet when I looked in, but this week I came across this photo of Roy on the Highland Woodworking blog. Saint Roy is standing atop the “21st-century Workbench” that I designed and built for the October 2008 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine.
It’s been a good bench for me, and a popular one among readers. We filmed a video as I built it, and the SketchUp model has been viewed more than 150,000 times. It’s part of the new Workbench Design book, and in a few hours I’ll be heading to Berea, Ky.,