“Building the Portable Moravian Workbench with Will Myers”:
Several years ago master woodworker Will Myers found a historical workbench that amazed him at the Olde Salem Moravian settlement in North Carolina. It was collapsible & portable, very attractive, small enough to fit into smaller spaces, yet surprisingly sturdy due to it’s angled legs. Typically you need a very heavy workbench to prevent the bench from rattling and moving across the floor when hand planing boards. He named it the “Moravian Workbench” because it was built by Moravians in the 1800’s.
He loved the old workbench so much that he decided to recreate the workbench. He made some improvements in the design while building several more benches. Then he started teaching classes on building the Moravian Workbench at Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School (see the classes here
). So Will got the opportunity to build the Moravian Workbench many more times, refining the details as he taught students. I fell in love with the Moravian Workbench when I saw it and decided to work with Will to film and produce the DVD “Building the Portable Moravian Workbench with Will Myers”. I went to great lengths to film a step-by-step tutorial with hand tools, with as many close-up details as I could possibly get. I wanted even beginners to be able to follow along and build this workbench. And this bench is very affordable to build; it can easily be built for under $500. The DVD has become one of the top selling woodworking videos! I’ve even had people tell me that they have their Moravian Workbench setup in their apartments in Manhattan! You can purchase the DVD or Download here in my store
Here’s the preview video that shows how quickly this Moravian Workbench can be assembled: