My son, Vinny, has been asking me to help him make his own workbench for a while now. Since Father’s Day was approaching we made an agreement that he could come out in the shop and build his bench with my help on that day. As an aside, I milled and cut all the parts to final dimension before we began the build.
There is a plan you can purchase (see sidebar) and a video (below) that you can use as an overview on how the bench goes together. It will take about a day to complete while you wait for glue to dry and if you decide to mill all the material the same day.
As a side note, I made Vinny’s bench with a split in the top for a planing stop and tool rack. If you want a solid top be sure to measure the width of the legs and make the top pieces wide enough to span that distance.
The result is a nice bench for your apprentice to use for a few years and when he outgrows it you can use it as either a saw bench or a place to sit on your patio.