Due to a change of circumstances in my life, I recently moved from Nashville, Tennessee to Boston, Massachusetts. In the process I lost my garage workshop and gained a very small room in a dingy basement. Due the the space and noise constraints I have decided to try my luck with hand tools instead of the power tools I have relied on in the past.
Since my bench was left in Tennessee, I decided that the first thing I needed to build a new workbench. One that was sturdy, solid, hand made, able to take any abuse I want to inflict upon it, and yet be able to be disassembled and moved to a new residence at some point. So, I started digging around and found this popular woodworking article about building a $175 work bench (http://www.popularwoodworking.com/article/175_Workbench/). I liked the design and I decided to give it a shot. This blog series will be the story of the workbench as it comes together with only hand tools.
Unfortunately, we don’t have the article-specified Southern Yellow Pine in Boston, so I went with Douglas Fir instead. I have never done much work with hand tools before so I wanted something soft and easy to work with.
Next up, making the end assemblies…
-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts