George Vondriska teaches you how to build a beautiful multipurpose workbench for your woodshop, complete with an adjustable top, storage for all of your handheld tools, jigs for the plunge router, and more. He walks you step-by-step through the process, demonstrating each of the essential woodworking tips and techniques. No need for a plan when you have in-depth instructions, a downloadable cut list and resource page.

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  • chip

    Where is the PDF you refer to in the video?

    • Customer Service

      Thank you for notifying us of the missing PDF. Please check your email as we sent you a copy. The PDF will be added to the website.

    • Dana Dever Lee

      Can you send me the PDF? I’m having difficulty with it also.
      Thank you.

      • Customer Service

        Thank you for contacting us. We have sent the PDF to your email address. If you have any other questions please contact us.

  • Nolan Carman

    Send me the PDF also, Thank youi

  • scottyjr

    One of the best “how to” videos I’ve seen

    • George Vondriska

      Thanks. Glad you liked it.

      G

  • bigeerazmus

    this has been one of the most informative videos for a workbench / accessories I have ever encountered. I really enjoyed the homemade versions, quite ingenious. makes me proud and happy to have invested in the premium membership. thanks again george

    • George Vondriska

      Very glad that you like it. Hope you can put the info to use. And thanks for joining in on the premium membership.

      G

  • jander

    Very interesting and informative. Question: Why didn’t you drill the bench dog holes with the router and 3/4″ straight bit through the template?

    • Customer Service

      Thanks for your comment.
      I learned the answer the hard way. My first approach was using a plunge router, ¾” straight bit, template guide bushing and the pattern. Unfortunately, with such a deep plunge in hardwood, it’s A LOT of work for the bit, and just didn’t work. Even with drilling out to 5/8” the router bit didn’t like making the plunge. If the bit chatters even a tiny bit the holes lose their tolerance and the bench dogs won’t work.

  • ColtsFaninCt

    Could you not have avoided the chipout from the router by scoring the bench first with your chisel before routing?

    • Customer Service

      Thank you for your comment.
      That may have helped. In the end the chips look worse on the video than they were. The final passes cleaned everything up nicely.

  • GrumpyMiner

    George, really enjoyed this video. I haven’t been to motivated to tackle a new worktable but you convinced me to get started. Thanks for including the PDF for the hardware, loved the prefabbed bench top – that saves a lot of work right from the start. Would love to see more videos along these lines in the future… i.e. shop design, dust collection, router and saw cabinets… but keep them all coming all the same!

    Thanks again!

  • Dave

    I haven’t watched this project video yet, but others that I have received through the WoodWorkers Journal were great. I’m glad that I finally found the site that has more projects and actually has a searchable database of videos instead of the WW Journal way of “thinking” they might have the project disc I wanted.

    Thanks George for what you do and can “dumb it down a bit” for those of us that are not master woodworkers, and all the tips are great as well.
    Thanks

    • George Vondriska

      We’re glad you find the site too. Enjoy!

  • Calvin Van Meter

    Dave,
    Wow that was very enjoyable. I am in the process of having a new workshop built at the lake. Will be building this workbench as my first large project. Your teaching style was easy to follow and extremely easy to understand. Money well spent to access the videos. Thanks.

    • George Vondriska

      Really glad you like the video.

  • Bill Scott

    George,
    First things first great video, enjoyed it a lot gave me some rethinks on my work bench with the adjustable legs. Helpful tip, noticed when you where adjusting the bench hangers, they tried to roll on you, had the same issue, time and again. Here was my fix, hope this helps, added a 3/8 dowel pin 1/2 inch below the hole for the carriage bolt and added a 3/4 inch long dowel as a guide pin. Stopped the rolling issue I was having also. Well i hope its worth the post. Again as always enjoyed the video and thanks for the great idea hits for my bench upgrade. ;)

    • George Vondriska

      That’s a great idea and yes, worth the post. Thanks for providing it.

      G

  • Gary

    Great video. I am building my workbench with a few modifications. All Maple base.

    Tail vise. What is the dimension of the piece under the bench for the tail vise? I’m trying to guess based on what I see in the video. Guessing 2-1/2″. Since my top is Maple 2″ thick, I’ll just add 2″ to that for the other piece. You did they are 8″ long.
    Thanks!

    • Gary Lundgren

      No answer to my question yet? Tail vise. What is the dimension of the piece under the bench for the tail vise? I’m trying to guess based on what I see in the video. Guessing 2-1/2″. Is that correct?

      • Customer Service

        Thank you for your comment. In response to your inquiry, the block under the bench is 2-1/4″ thick. George’s bench top is 1-3/4″ thick. The block under the bench could be thicker, but it can’t be much thinner.

        • Gary Lundgren

          Thank you!

  • Ethan

    Would using two layers/pieces of MDF work for a good top? I would like to make it on more of a budget than the hundreds that the Maple top would cost. If not is there any budget friendly alternative for the top that you would recommend?

    • Customer Service

      Hi, Ethan. MDF makes a pretty good workbench top. The price is right; it’s flat, dense and heavy so the bench stays put. That’ll work well for you. I suggest you band the outside edges with hardwood strips, 3/4″ x 1-1/2″.

      • Ethan

        Awesome, I will definitely band the outsides too. Thanks for the reply, and all that y’all do for the site, and the woodworking community!