Joiners Workbench

Joiners Workbench


Build a Joiners Workbench

Instructor: Alan Turner

  • August 19 - 23, 2019  9 am - 4 pm (5 weekdays)

This class teaches the design and construction of a traditional joiner's workbench. At the end of a busy 5-day week, each student will have built a serious workbench.

A sturdy, flat topped bench capable of firmly holding work in a variety of ways is perhaps the single most important woodworking tool in any shop. In this course PFW covers the theory of workbenches, various designs developed over the years, and a variety of vises and other work-holding hardware. Each student builds a bench to be used for generations. If you love woodworking but have never had the privilege of working on a serious bench, you are in for a treat as you will build your own bench on one of the Studio's traditional woodworking benches built by Alan Turner. 

The top is 3" commercial butcher block, made from strips of 8/4 stock. This means that the grain of the top is essentially quartersawn, which makes for a top with less movement than plain-sawn lumber and helps assure that it stays flat and stable. The finished size is 7 feet long, 28-1/2" wide, and is built at a height customized for each student. The length can be shortened to fit each student's home shop, although less than 6 feet is not recommended. 


The Materials Fee is $1475. This fee includes a 7 foot long commercial butcher block slab, 3" thick. It also includes the wood for the base and hardware. Also included is the new Veritas Quick Release Sliding Tail Vise and the large Milwaukee front vise from Tools For Working Wood. In short, all you need to build this bench is included in the materials fee. 

Tuition: $875, plus a materials and vises fee of $1475, for a total of $2350.  Please note that PFW needs at least 4 weeks advance notice in order to source the proper materials.  

The last day to sign up is July 22, 2019.

Students provide their own lunch.

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PFW has a wide assortment of tools for students to use. However, if you have your own tools or would like an excuse to purchase some new ones, the tool list is below. PFW recommends purchasing tools from Tools for Working WoodLee Valley/VeritasHida Tool and Hock Tools