I have many fine tools in my shop, but the most important one is my bench. It has a classic design,
favored by cabinetmakers for generations.
I've spent a long time refining the details of this bench. I've built 15 of them over the years, simplifying
and improving the design each time. At Philadelphia Furniture Workshop, where I teach, I've helped students
build dozens more.
The materials are top-notch. I've used the best wood (3" thick hard maple), the best tail vise hardware
(imported from Germany), and made the bench plenty big and very heavy (it's 7' long and weighs 250 lbs).
The materials aren't cheap, but for a lifetime of service, they're worth every penny.
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