Basic Workbench, DVD

In this Fine Woodworking DVD, Philip C. Lowe will show you how to build the workbench that's served him loyally for over 40 years. Thanks to its relatively small footprint, this bench fits easily in most shops and allows you to quickly and easily reach your work from all four sides. Yet despite the small footprint, the design offers loads of storage down below for stowing your favorite tools. While building the workbench, you'll hone your skills on dozens of essential woodworking techniques. Plus, your DVD even comes complete with digital and SketchUp plans! 80 minutes. Episode 1: Joinery Preparation Accurate joinery is impossible to execute without flat, square lumber. Learn how to properly mill your lumber before measuring and cutting to length, and marking out the workbench base's primary joinery. Episode 2: Mortise-and-Tenon Joinery Learn how to cut and fit the base's mortise-and-tenon joinery using a combination of hand and power tools. Then, layout and cut the rabbets that will accept the base's plywood panels. Episode 3: Sliding Dovetail Partitions Don't be fooled, sliding dovetails are easier to cut than you might think. Learn how to craft this signature joint quickly and easily with a bit of help from your router. Then, get ready to tackle the workbench's first glue-up. Episode 4: Glue Up the Base As with any furniture project, glue-up happens in stages. Learn how to custom fit the workbench's plywood panels and drawer runners as the base is dry-fit and assembled. Episode 5: Benchtop A solid benchtop provides a firm work surface as well as the added weight required for handplaning. Learn how to lay out and cut benchdog holes, and then tackle the benchtop glue-up in stages. Episode 6: Drawers With five drawers below the benchtop, this workbench does double-duty as a storage station. Learn how to cut and fit traditional dovetailed drawers, with a special emphasis on Philip C. Lowe's techniques for a tight, accurate fit. Episode 7: Door and Bench Dogs Learn how to construct and hang a simple door using mortise-and-tenon joinery, then catch Lowe's tips on how to get the most out of your bench dogs as the workbench project wraps up. About Philip C. Lowe: A professional woodworker since 1968, Philip C. Lowe is a longtime contributor to Fine Woodworking. An instructor at Boston's North Bennet Street School from 1975 to 1985, he headed the furniture-making department for five of those years. He is a winner of the 2005 Cartouche Award, the highest honor given by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, and the 2010 Artisanship Award by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America.

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