Imagine having your most-used woodworking tools right where you need them, when you need them. The perfect workbench does just that, making every project easier, more efficient, and generally more fun. In Part 1 of this two-part tutorial, I’m working on my dream workbench, giving me dedicated spaces for clamps and tools, as well as modern touches like space for a built-in dust extractor and air compressor.
With this how-to guide, I take you through my process step by step, giving you the basics you need to design a modern workbench with all the electric bells and whistles that lead to successful projects. From here, you can customize your workbench to suit your specific woodworking needs. It turns out it’s true—you never know what you need in a workbench until you’ve worked on one long enough to know your process. I hope this tutorial inspires you think about your process, and then design a workbench that provides what you need when you need it.