Build A French Workbench

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As a not entirely new to woodworking hobbyist I really like Richard and Helen’s refreshing approach…
No nonsense, hand tool pragmatic, simple but beautiful and useful furniture, made not entirely out of hard to get exotic lumber, but with pine with the occasional knot.
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Over 3 hours of HD footage | 7 Chapters

Chapter One: Prepping The Top

32 mins.

We’re planing up the wide slabs for our top .
This workbench build starts out with a couple of wide slabs which we’ll glue together. We true up the top surfaces to remove the majority of twist, then work methodically through preparing the edges for glue up. This is a hefty edge joint so we need to ensure the slabs are finely mated together.

workbench build top timber

Chapter Two: Gluing The Top

25 mins.

We’re adding loose tenon to reinforce the edge joint.
With a large edge joint like this I consider mechanical reinforcement to be a must. Loose tenons are cut and fitted in to mortices within the top’s edge joint. Once the slabs are glued together we drill and peg to lock it all in place.

gluing up a workbench top

Chapter Three: Completing The Top

21 mins.

We’re flattening the top & adding a planing spike.
With the top out of the clamps we can finish it up by giving it a flatten. This is achieved with hand planes, and whilst we’re truing the surface here we aren’t yet aiming at the final finish. A planing stop is made and installed as a means for easy workholding when the workbench is in use.

French workbench planing stop

Chapter Four: Attaching The Legs

22 mins.

We’re bringing our thoughts to the base as we join the legs in to the top.
The legs of this French workbench are joined directly in to the top using drawbored mortice and tenons. Once the legs are prepped, we mark out the mortices on the underside of the top and get the joinery cut. We also take the time to mark out and drill through for the peg holes.

French workbench build attaching the legs

Chapter Five: Joining The Base

30 mins.

We’re ready to start bringing our base together.
We now have the rails to prep and the joinery to cut within the base itself. We’re using drawbored mortice and tenons here as well, with a slightly different approach used for the thinner long rails than the shorter side ones.

morticing French workbench base

Chapter Six: Vice Prep & Base Assembly

33 mins.

We turn our attention to the vice before the base can be glued together.
We’re building a leg vice with parallel cross mechanism. This requires things to be marked out and chopped from the leg itself. The screw clearance hole is morticed out, although this could be drilled if you have a suitably sized bit. There’s more morticing for the recess that houses the vice cross, and then we’re about ready for a glue up.

building a leg vice

Chapter Seven: Completing The Bench

29 mins.

It’s now time to complete the workbench!
We finish up the leg vice by accurately transferring the screw location to the jaw itself and getting this chopped out. We can then install the garter and add a bit of shaping and suede. We do some finishing touches to the planing spike and bench top before applying the finish and bringing it all together. As a final job we install a shelf.

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