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ShopNotes Podcast 175 — Set It and Stop Messing With It

By: Phil Huber
What do you use a workbench like this for?

After discussing Logan's ongoing fascination with handsaws and lathes, the team discusses how workbenches actually get used based on their own work and the working patterns of Marc, Steve, and Dillon in the shop at Woodsmith.

ShopNotes podcast Steve Johnson workarea

Steve Johnson's workbench

Steve uses a one workbench as a workcounter, keeping tools, plans, and supplies close at hand. Another bench is the main worksurface.

ShopNotes podcast 175 Marc Hopkins workbench

Marc Hopkins' workbench

Marc uses his bench as a primary worksurface for handheld power tools, hand tools, initial assembly, and other fine work. Major assembly takes place at the assembly tables shown later.

ShopNotes podcast Dillon Baker workbench

Dillon Baker's bench

Design editor Dillon Baker uses his bench as a staging area for the work the occurs at various power tool stations and the assembly tables.

ShopNotes podcast Woodsmith assembly tables

These bonus worksurfaces are put to work as a panel glueup surface and major project assembly.

ShopNotes podcast table saw outfeed and assembly table

We also compared a workbench to work counters from old stores, like the apothecary counter shown in this kitchen.

In addition to the workbench, Logan brought up the idea of a companion storage/staging area near a bench.

Shop organizer by John Doyle

John designed this shop organizer for Woodsmith and we built one for the TV show where you can find the plans.

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Published: Nov. 10, 2023
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Topics: workbench, workshop

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