I’ve yearned for a few years now to have my own space, my own small shop and build my own bench.
I’ve been inspired by YouTube contributers such as Paul Sellers, Billy’s Little Bench to build my own bench, that I didn’t actually need a workshop full of powerful tools to create a sturdy, purposeful and beautiful bench.
My initial problem was designing the bench, what goes where, dimensions, what type of joinery to use and how to execute it.
I didn’t want to buy plans because it wouldn’t be my plan, it wouldn’t be my bench, I searched for inspiration and came across The Workbench Design Book by Christopher Schwarz and it ticked all the boxes, design, the how to with and without power tools.
I decided to follow the Tradition Roubo Bench detailed in his book, used his diagrams and made a few drawings on Sketchup scaled to fit my needs.
My day dreaming of building a bench had ended.
I’ve photo documented my build on instargram, @joedillon.