Holtzapffel Workbench

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Project by Dave Pearce posted 05-06-2008 09:01 PM 4556 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was my first adventure in building something for woodworking. The bench itself is based on the design from Chris Schwarz in his magazine articles for Popular Woodworking and Woodworking magazine.

I’ve written an article about building this bench, hosted at Wk Fine Tools:

Alternatively, I’ll be posting a followup article, and additional details at my own site:


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#1 posted 05-06-2008 09:04 PM

Looks sturdy and attractive!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 05-06-2008 09:10 PM

Great Job, a workbench is my next project.


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#3 posted 05-06-2008 09:14 PM

Nice bench, looks like you put some hours into it. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 05-06-2008 09:39 PM

Did you face joint the boards for the top prior to glue up, and if so how did you do it? Didn’t see that step in your writeup. Looks great though!

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Dave Pearce

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#5 posted 05-06-2008 09:46 PM

Hi Damian, all the boards were rough 2×8 southern yellow pine, which I ripped down on my cheap little 10 inch table saw using the sorry standard itty bitty fence. I used the saw to trim off the rounded edges a bit, but as long as they were close and didn’t warp out, I glued em up as is. Once the top was glued up, I used a Stanley No. 6 fore plane and a No. 5 smoother (cross grain, and with grain) to get the working side and underside flat.

Yeah, that was one of the steps I didn’t really detail out. I hadn’t take photos at that point, before WK asked me to write up my progress, so I had to sort of “write around” that part.


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#6 posted 05-06-2008 10:32 PM

Very nice looking bench. It should last a lifetime.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 05-07-2008 02:15 AM

Thats a very nice nice workbench!

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#8 posted 05-07-2008 02:21 AM

Great work. I really enjoyed your write up as well. Very detailed and I admire your ability to get this done with a limited budget and tool inventory. This is a testament to the fact that we don’t have to have the Norm Abrams shop to make great stuff. I am curious to hear how you like the independent twin screw front vise. I like the simplicitiy of it over a chain couple twin screw. It seems like it would be easier to work with in the long run.

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#9 posted 05-07-2008 03:28 AM

Very well done. Sturdy and very useful. Just what ever wood worker needs. I think you made a correct choice for your first project.

-- JJohn

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#10 posted 05-07-2008 03:43 AM

great posting and blog


-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Dave Pearce

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#11 posted 05-07-2008 03:57 AM

Shannon, thanks for the kind words (everyone else too!). I really like the independent twin screw vice. It took some getting used to, mostly I think because I have the metal screws, rather than the wooden set, which requires more turns to accomplish the same thing. Other than that, the holding power is pretty amazing.


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#12 posted 05-07-2008 04:08 AM

Great looking bench! Thanks for the post in how you built it as well. Very informative.

-- Craig, (Where Information meets Inspiration)

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#13 posted 05-07-2008 04:21 AM

Checked out your post of the process building this beauty. Nicely done. Now get back to work!


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#14 posted 05-07-2008 02:06 PM

Excellent job on this bench. I though about building this one but went a different way. Final pics will be coming shortly. Anyway, certainly something to be proud of, Great work.

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#15 posted 05-08-2008 03:13 AM

I aspire to such an achievement, Thank you for sharing.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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