My Woodwork Bench
The Latest News!
This website will soon be undergoing a redesign. For those interested in My Workbench, I have recently completed a video series on how to build it with a companion series on how to build the tool chest. My redesigned site will be offering both subscription service options and DVD's for purchase. In the meantime, please enjoy this link to the first episode: Episode 1 - Bench Introduction. If you have an interest in building this bench and would like to know when the subscription service options or DVD's are available for purchase, send me an email to email@example.com and I'll add you to my announcement email list. Thanks and please put "Announcement Email List" in the subject line of your email.
The "great" folks at The Taunton Press (publishers of Fine WoodWorking magazine) have given me permission to build and sell this workbench based on their original design.
Note - the tool chest is a Swiger WoodWorks design.
See "What Inspired Me" to build this bench at the bottom of this page.
This bench, as shown, is made of hard maple with purpleheart used for the front apron, end vise jaw, and other cabinet and drawer pieces.
This is an extremely well crafted, serious woodworking/cabinetmakers bench that any woodworker or woodturner would be proud to own and have in his/her shop. It is intended for those that demand an upper end product. I take orders to build benches on a commission bases, $500 down at time of contracting to show good faith and to reserve a slot in my build schedule, the remainder of half down due approximately two weeks prior to start of work (I'll contact you for payment), the remaining balance due at time of delivery or prior to shipping. I will provide free personal delivery within 250 miles of my shop. Mapquest at http://www.mapquest.com/directions/main.adp? used for mileage determination. This bench can also be shipped, and shipping and handling charges will apply.
I limit myself to building only two or three benches a year based on a first come, first served basis. Manufacturing time is approximately three months from start of work, but at times I do build a bench for sale so I may have one under construction.
If you are interested in a couple of higher resolution photos of this bench, send me an email requesting bench pictures: firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, I'll be glad to answer any questions you may have.
To obtain a cost quote, please review the features below and send me an email identifying the key features you would prefer: email@example.com. I'll get back to you promptly with your quote.
Additionally, for those who want to build their own bench, but don't have a heavy duty tablesaw (recommend at least a 3 HP saw) to cut slab strips, I will custom build you a bench slab. Send me your dimension requirements and I'll send you a price.
Some additional photos.
For some manufacturing photos, click this link Bench Photos.
When I laid my eyes on Lon Schleining's woodwork bench, page 158, in his book, "The Workbench" published by The Taunton Press, Inc., fall 2004, I knew I wanted to build one something like it. There were three things about this bench that immediately caught my eye: simplicity, functionality, and the potential to show nature's work by using a beautifully grained piece of wood for the front apron. I would like to thank Lon and The Taunton Press for the inspiration they provide to all woodworkers. Lon has supported and encouraged me to build and sell these spectacular benches.
I was searching for a new bench when The Taunton Press published Lon's book. I couldn't find anything on the market that I truly liked enough to buy. Therefore, I decided that I would build by own and, as luck had it, I came across Lon's book. After reading the relevant chapters and perusing all the woodworking benches, I set out to identify what was important to me in a bench and what techniques I would use to build one.
Although Lon's bench has plenty of functionality, there was something missing that I needed, the tool tray from Tage Frid's bench incorporated into the design. I'm not the best guy in the shop for putting tools away; however, I do practice the "Rule of Ten." I put ten things away in my shop every morning before I start working - even if it is only a set of nine drill bits and their case. That makes ten! I read the "Rule of Ten" sometime ago and wish I could remember where or who to give credit to. If anyone reading this knows, please send me a short e-mail - thanks in advance!
Links for Lon Schleining's Woodbender's Page and The Taunton Press's Fine WoodWorking page:
© 2005 - 2012 Swiger