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Take a Video Tour of the Holtzapffel Workbench

While we were shooting the cover image for the next issue of Woodworking Magazine, our Photographer Al Parrish and Senior Editor Glen Huey came up with a great idea: Let’s shoot some video of the bench that shows off its cooler features.

So we did.

I pulled on a stinky old shirt that was coiled below my desk (good thing the video isn’t scratch …?n’ sniff) and tapped out a script. Managing Editor Megan Fitzpatrick was in charge of make-up (there wasn’t any). And Senior Editor Robert Lang was Best Boy (he drank coffee and watched).

Glen shot the video and edited it the same night (he’s a workhorse, like all the willing slaves who work here). And here it is. A couple notes: The bench is 34″ high. Really. It’s I who am freakishly tall. The bench is not too low. In fact, low benches really help with handplaning because you use your leg muscles more.

Check it out here. And look for more videos in the coming weeks on the topics covered in the next issue of Woodworking Magazine, which goes on sale on July 24.

– Christopher Schwarz