Budget Benchmaking


A short and sweet bench making class for those that want a space to work

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SKU: BCSW-BB Category:

Instructors:  Back Channel Staff
Last modified: 8/19: Added further explanation of time involvement

No tools, or prior experience, needed.

Tuesday Evenings 5p-10p, September 7th, 14th, 21st
Saturdays and Sundays September 11th (Starting at noon), 12th, 18th, & 19th, starting at 8 am until at least 5pm, possibly later.
Building any bench requires an investment of time. Students should be prepared to attend all of the weekend dates, and as many of the Tuesdays as possible, preferably at least two.

Having a flat, sturdy bench that holds your work piece securely is essential for doing good work, but buying one is not easy. Good commercial benches are very expensive, and the affordable ones are not worth buying due to their light weight and bad vises. Careful work at the bench is vital.  Students wanting to progress quickly benefit greatly when they can practice between classes.

We designed this low-cost bench with simple joinery for ease and speed of construction.  It features a sturdy pine base and a hefty, 3 inch thick laminated benchtop made of particle board and MDF, protected by an hardwood edge. Even though every style of bench is a compromise and no bench is perfect, this could be the only bench you will ever need.  With a few shop made holding aids, you will be able to secure parts and components for any project.

We will have a limited number of used vises available for purchase.

Materials fee estimated at $150-200    Plus cost of your vise/vises