Follow Step-by-Step with our French Workbench Video Build
This Series Is Now Complete!
The Bench Design
The French workbench is simple and strong – just how a bench should be.
This build is based on a typical, traditional design which is built to last.
We’re joining the top from slabs and using draw bored mortice and tenons for the base.
The design is easily scalable and will comfortably work for a bench from 5′ up to 12′ long.
What You’ll Need
A basic set of hand tools is all that’s needed to knock this thing up.
I’ve cobbled mine together from some old joists from a collapsed roof and other odds and sods I had to hand. Any timber species can be used.
We’ll be posting further details on both the tool kit and cutting list for the bench so check back HERE for updates.
If there’s anything specific you’d like to know feel free to pop your question below and we’ll make sure it’s covered.
Build your own leg vice and planing stop.
That huge vice screw is something special, but this leg vice build is easy to follow with any standard metal or wooden screw. We include the steps for installing a cross to keep the jaw parallel in use, and there’s plans for making your own cross so you can add the same.
A planing stop and handful of dog holes complete what is for me, a perfect work holding set up for hand tool woodworking.
The Video Series
We look set to bring the full build out through seven video chapters.
Chapter One will be live on Thursday 16th May.
Followed by a new video each week to stream and/or download.
A cutting list and full PDF plans are included.
For further details about this series take a look HERE
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The detailed videos can be both streamed and downloaded.
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.