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The Minimum Timber Bench plans are 34 pages of full-color, step-by-step instructions in standard and metric measurements. The plans include a full stock list and cut list. Every image is modeled in 3D and each step includes tips and tricks to make your build easier. This bench is designed for beginning woodworkers and power-tool woodworkers who want to get into hand tools. You can build it completely by hand or with a few common machine tools. Get your plans here:

The Minimum Timber Bench Course is 8 chapters of detailed build instructions. Follow along as I do each step of the build using basic machine tools (and a few hand tools). I’ll take you from stock selection all the way through to flattening and using the bench. The course is 80 minutes long, fully searchable, and includes the complete plans for FREE!. Learn here:


My English Joiner’s Bench is sturdy, strong and incredibly easy to build. This design is based on jobsite benches built by 19th Century carpenters and housewrights. It’s made to go up fast using common construction lumber and it handles EVERY common woodworking operation. Even if you’re brand new to woodwork, you can build this bench.

The complete Joiner’s Bench Bundle includes detailed, step-by-step plans for building the bench along with a complete stock-list and cut-list.

Joiners Bench Bundle:

This bundle includes complete instructions for building the bench, including a stock list and cut list. You also get all of the work-holding options, like the planing stop and crochet. Also included are the complete plans for the Big Leg Vise, including all the hardware and detailed shaping and fitting instructions.

Build along with the videos:

Build the Bench:

Get Started Without a Vise:

Build a Big Leg Vise from Pine:


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Wood Work for Humans Tool List (affiliate):
Gyokucho Ryoba Saw:
Dewalt Panel Saw:
Suizan Dozuki Handsaw:
(Winner of the affordable dovetail-saw shootout.)
Spear and Jackson Tenon Saw:
(Needs tune-up to work well.)
Crown Tenon Saw:
(Works out of the box)
Carving Knife:
Narex True Imperial Chisels:
(My favorite affordable new chisels.)
Blue-Handled Marples Chisels:
(I use these to make the DIY specialty planes, but I also like them for general work.)

Honing Guide:
Norton Coarse/Fine Oil Stone:
Natural Arkansas Fine Oil Stone:
Green buffing compound:

*Marking and Measuring*
Stockman Knife:
(For marking and the built-in awl).
Speed Square:
Stanley Marking Knife:
(Excellent, inexpensive marking knife.)
Blue Kreg measuring jig:
Round-head Protractor:

Forstener Bits:
Spade Bits:

Orange F Clamps:
Screw Clamp:

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