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#1 posted 02-23-2019 10:48 AM

In the solid wood version of his workbench, P.S. uses clamps.

Screws are used as clamps. You can remove them once the glue has set but then you will have to wait between each layer. This “screw as clamp” technique has been used by other people.
The screw as clamp technique is also to avoid slippage at glue up, although in the latest delivery, he shows a (known to me) trick to avoid slippage while using clamps. Slippage at glue up would ruin the mortise precision needed with this lamination technique.

This plywood version addresses another audience which would want to build a good workbench before learning how to chop mortises and cut tenons.

Making large mortises in the legs, cutting tenons, etc. was intimidating at the time, my mortises were not perfect but my workbench is rock solid. (solid wood version)
When P.S. started his apprenticeship a long time ago, he didn’t have to make a workbench to begin with. He could acquire the necessary skills before doing his first one.

And yes, the goal is to bring more people to hand tool woodworking. And yes P.S. has a team earning a living with this. But there is still a free subscription to the masterclasses with which one can acquire all the essential skills.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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