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Forum topic by PPBart posted 02-22-2019 03:08 PM 532 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2019 03:08 PM

Has anyone else here noticed Paul Sellers’ latest workbench buil — totally plywood.

-- PPBart

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#1 posted 02-22-2019 06:43 PM

That is a very clever design but it isn’t the first time I have seen a plan for a sturdy workbench made entirely out of glued up plywood. I don’t quite see the point of all those screws. They are certainly not needed for strength. Maybe he doesn’t have enough clamps or just doesn’t like clamping things up.

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#2 posted 02-22-2019 08:20 PM

Looks pretty cool. Interesting to see one built “cheap” like that. Bet it will hold up better than a all solid one tho

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#3 posted 02-22-2019 11:31 PM

I love my all plywood workbench but I didn’t work quite that hard to put it together.
... and yes they can be very strong.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 02-23-2019 03:43 AM

I’m probably going to have an unpopular opinion, shocker, but it’s a gimmick. And by gimmick I mean it’s perfectly functional but the primary goal is coming up with the next new thing to get views for videos. You can build plywood in layers and achieve the same thing with a lot less work, or use a solid core door. And you will need to splurge for void free plywood so it’s not going to save money over yellow pine or poplar.

-- Rick M,

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#5 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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#6 posted 02-23-2019 01:50 PM

I don’t really like the screws because if you decide at some point you want to put in a hole for a holdfast or a planing stop you will never know if you are going to hit a screw and ruin a drill bit.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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