The Benchmaker’s Apprentice

February 23, 2011

If you’ve never heard of Benchcrafted you probably have been living under a rock or absolutely new to woodworking. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against people living under rocks, I do a mean Patrick Starfish impersonation according to the young folks.

But if you’re looking for workbench vises, hardware or plans. Along with insanely beautiful wood wrapped magnetic tool holders (the kind you don’t want to obscure with tools hanging all over them) and a mean scraper called the “Skraper”, Benchcrafted is the place you want to start and end your search.

I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with the guys at Benchcrafted several times now and every time it’s like reconnecting with old friends. They know a ton of stuff about woodworking and have some great stories on top of it. Not to mention the fact I can’t stop playing with their vises! What does all this have to do with today’s post? I’m getting to it, I promise!

Not so long ago Jameel and the guys decided building their famous vises wasn’t enough, so they came up with an amazing plan for a workbench to compliment them. If you’ve visited the Benchcrafted booth in the past year at just about every event they’ve attended, you’ve seen the workbench. It’s an amazing split-top Roubo that’s drool worthy.

Starting back in late October 2010, Jameel’s nephew John started to build his own bench based on the plans they’re selling. Rather than just talking about the experience and waiting for him to finish it up so we can see the finished bench, John decided to document the entire process on Benchcrafted’s blog.

John’s calling the series of posts “The Benchmaker’s Apprentice”. You can find them mixed in with all of the great content on the blog. In fact to read all of John’s entries so far, just click on the category titled “The Benchmaker’s Apprentice”.

It’s a great read and contains some fantastic pics and videos to help explain what was happening in each post. If you’ve ever considered making your own bench but were slightly intimidated or you just like watching works of art come together, you have to check this blog out. I for one absolutely enjoy it!

Visit “The Benchmaker’s Apprentice” today at Tell them Matt sent you, I promise you won’t be sorry.

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