Workbench Tour No. 8: Moravian Workbench

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The Moravian workbench made popular by Will Myers is a gorgeous piece of work – probably the prettiest workbench in our shop. It’s a full-featured bench in a compact design that can be knocked to pieces in minutes.

I first encountered this form of bench in 2011 during a tour of the storehouses at Old Salem and wrote a few blog entries about them. Will Myers visited a few months later and was equally smitten. He started making them and teaching others how to do so at Roy Underhill’s school and through a nice video you can purchase.

I hadn’t worked on one much until Will loaned us one last year. The top is oak (likely white oak) and the base is yellow pine. It features a Benchcrafted Classic face vise and Crisscross mechanism. And a wagon vise mechanism that Will makes and sells.

We’re happy to have the bench here – visitors always want to compare the different forms of workbenches before they commit to building one. And we encourage them to try them all and ignore advice from us and others. You know what you like.

— Christopher Schwarz

Workbench Tour No. 8: Moravian Workbench