How to Make a Workbench Episode 1 | Paul Sellers

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Having gathered together the necessary materials, tools and equipment, you can get started on the workbench. The first step is laminating and planing up the benchtop.

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Isaac K says:

I am not sure why I made this, and now I do not know what to do with it…

J Pratt says:

That’s what you call real woodworking, no bullshit whatsoever.

Fernando Barrera says:

Hey Paul! Love all of your series. Youre a Huge inspiration to me. Cant thank you enough! Never knew i would love planing and sawing until you turned me on to it.

richard temple says:

I have adopted Mr. Sellers as my spirit guide. His gentle style and obvious expertise are qualities to which I aspire. One of his books is on its way to my bench (Working with Wood 1&2), and I will also likely be ordering the video series that accompanies that book.

gnunixguru says:

I started to plane the wood for the bench top, and assemble it with out glue. I have a question about gaps between the 2×3 studs. If I can see light between the studs, is that bad? WIl the glue bring the two peaces together? Great Channel! Great Book too.


I am going to make my workbench by hand tools. Even though i have all of the power tools to make the job much easier. I want to experience what it would have been like to do wood work before the industrial revolution. The only power tool that I plan on using, is a chainsaw mill, to mill the maple tree for the timbers. Keep on teaching, learning to use hand tools is a very good skill to learn. (GITTERDUN)

The Dread Pirate Clancy says:

Hi Paul, I appreciate all that you do. My question though is the following: the trestles seem to be less stable than sawhorses. Would sawhorses be a better solution then trestles for most of us?

Rodrigo Pessoa says:

True master of woodworking. Thanks for sharing your knowledge

mfcman2k7 says:

hi paul n your cross cuts  how  do you cut straight I know it seems a stupid question I am an apprentice and when ever I am cutting  timber like this I have a tendency to wonder  either  down the face if I concentrate on my cross grain cut or the other way round depending on how I m cutting the timber

Rick Bassham says:

Paul I love your videos and craftsmanship.

Badger0fDeath says:

Are these lengths 4*2 or 3*2? I have a whole heap of 4*2 s waiting to be used at home, so could i use them for this?

Paul Dyer says:

About the Aprons: could I build with 2"x6" lumber? Is there a purpose to having the aprons 11" wide?
I ask because I would like to have move space for a drawer cabinet below the benchtop.

Love this video series!

East Coast Homesteading says:

Hey Paul I was just curious about something. Let's say I wanted to make an immovable bohemoth of a bench with a 6 inch thick top. Is there any advantage to laminating a bunch of 2x6s versus just a few 6x6s? Appreciate the help and loved the video.

Danghetti MadeiraDMI says:

My workbench is a pallet plus a door. But its a litle shaky, need redone

thehusband12 says:

Is this filmed in the new studio that you are still building in the new building series?

Ricky Harrison says:

Volumes of knowledge..even beyond what you're saying. For instance…I now know I need to build new saw horses or "trestles" that are the same height as my inseam…so I can use my posterior as a clamp to hold the work piece while I plane LOL! Seriously…that is a brilliant technique I don't imagine people would consider! Thank you Paul!

Michael Goh says:

Thanks Mr Paul, with your design, I don't need big machinery like jointer… !

Michael Bulger says:

This series is better than the original, in my opinion. I plan to shrink this down for a child (my son). Thanks again, Paul.

Cool Dude says:

is that pine or another type of wood? I have tried planing pine and find that it chips very easily. Do you have any suggestions for planing softwoods or should I just being using hardwood if I am planing it?

Gandroid says:

Your videos are an inspiration. I'm fairly young, and planning my first true woodworking bench this summer. All of your videos have been a great help. Cheers from Oregon.

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