Background of Workbench Build

It seems that every woodworker crosses a rite of passage in their woodworking tenure by building some sort of workbench. This could be a simple 2×4 bench or a finely-tuned heirloom-quality split-top roubo. Being no different than the workers of wood that have come before me, I, too, have embarked on this journey out of woodworking adolescence into craftsmanship adulthood. This is my trek through the workbench build.

I found plans from Timothy Wilmots from This bench has everything I was looking for: versatility, dog holes, expansion, storage, but most importantly: relative ease to build.

I really debated whether to build Tim’s bench or follow Marc’s plans for the split-top roubo, below. I may still end up building the roubo, but not in the immediate future.

This is going to be a tips n tricks post of what I found to be helpful along the way. For a more in-depth build post/videos, check out Tim’s link above.

Starting Out

To get started, I began the casework and shelf pin holes. Now, there are several ways to square up and drill the pins: carpenter’s square, combination square, or if you’re really into over-engineering things, Festool track with Insta-RailSquare Track Saw Square.

Shelf Pins

Let’s drill some holes. I drilled two holes several positions away from each other. This allows greater accuracy for the other holes to be drilled when placing the positioning pins in the Kreg jig.

Connecting two Kreg jigs together was clutch in drilling efficiency.

Rebates and Rabbets

On to the rabbets and rebates. A sacrificial board allows for support of the router at the ends of the cut. Attach one to each side the piece to be routed.

Painters tape allows for a clean cut with the need for light cleanup afterward.

With painters tape.
Without painter’s tape.


Glue up time!! Pocket holes and parallel clamps assist in sturdiness and maintaining square throughout the process. Do yourself a favor and get some of these clamps….you can never have too many.

Dry fit, but there she be!

Now to assemble face frame. I get walnut lumber from a local farmer at an incredible price, so I decided to use some for this project.

They say that…
…you can never have enough clamps.

Stay tuned for part 2…

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