Though I find it darn-near impossible to believe, it has been more than five years since we published plans for a full-sized workbench. That was Christopher Schwarz’s “Return of Roubo,” the cherry-topped bench he built using mostly hand tools (you’ll find it in the August 2010 issue as well as on a download, “Build an 18th-Century Workbench” that includes a bunch of additional resources).
Chris is back to bench building in our November issue, with a decidedly different style of bench: a knockdown English version that’s so sturdy you won’t believe it’s portable. Bonus: it’s cheap and simple to build. (Plus you’ll find step-by-step instruction for mid-century modern clock, William Ng’s sharpening pond, the winners of the 2015 PWM Excellence Awards and more.)
The issue mails to subscribers on or around Sept. 30, and will be on newsstands Oct. 14.
But what’s most important about the book is not the specific benches so much as the research and real-word experience Chris shares. You’ll learn the “rules” of workbench design, and how to make the most of your workbench as well as how to make it.
It’s expected in our warehouse in early October.
And now that I have a much larger shop at home (and the “petit Roubo” I have there is only 6′ long), I’m also thinking about building another bench. (You might want to back away…this bench-building disease is highly contagious.)