Our French workbench build is now complete.
Your workbench can be a tricky thing to get right.
Not so much because the build needs to be complicated, but because it’s functional and you’re likely going to be stuck with it for a long time.
It’s that pressure to make the right decision that I think can often put us off getting started.
With this video build series we wanted to show how simple it can be to make a really sturdy, functional workbench that can also be rather pretty if you’d like.
The traditional French bench design works. There’s not really any need to fluff it up.
We’ve done everything properly so it’s built to last for generations.
The slabs for the top are mechanically joined with loose tenons.
The legs are morticed in to the top and drawbored in to place.
We’ve even added a cross mechanism to the leg vice so it’s nice and convenient and smooth to use.
But despite doing all of this by hand, the build just feels accessible and simple.
With workbench design, less is more. And the key is having confidence in that simplicity, so you can do a really good job of what is there, without feeling the need to keep adding more.
This is a French bench built from old roof joists, and a mismatch of left over timber.
You can build it from beautiful new wood if you’d like, but we hope we’ve made the point that a good workbench doesn’t have to be an extraordinary investment.
As with all our series Helen’s done a great job of filming and editing to keep you enjoying the flow of the work. There’s PDF plans, a cutting list and drawings for making your own vice cross.
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As a professional hand tool woodworker, we aim to get you feeling inspired to build, and equipped with the knowledge to tackle projects entirely by hand.