If you are a regular reader then you know we’re into workbenches at Popular Woodworking Magazine. We’ve printed several articles on benches, bench design and using benches effectively over the past few years. Our fearless leader, Christopher Schwarz, has written the definitive book on the subject and is knee-deep in yet another workbench build. With all of that, you might think there isn’t much new to say on the subject. Enter reader Tim Williams of North Carolina, and his idea for a specialized bench devoted to joinery.
Here is Tim’s description: I am a professional cabinet maker, woodworker and instructor at the Asheville Woodworking School in Asheville North Carolina.
In recent preparation for a hand cut dovetail demonstration I spent hours hunched over my “Schwarz approved” workbench to find I had developed a pronounced curvature of the spine that I call ” Dovetail Igoritis” ( what hump?).
That’s when it dawned on me, what if I had a bench that was a suitable height for hand joinery! Then I realized given my space constraints that it would have to be diminutive enough to not over take my “shop” if you can call it that.