August 31, 2021

How to make a Wood Carving Bench + A Recommended Easy To Follow Plan

Did you know that you can build a wood carving bench with just a few tools and with very little expense? And, is it possible to make this versatile centerpiece for your home without spending a lot of money? With a little bit of time and effort, you can build your bench to match your decor and give you a place to relax and enjoy nature’s beauty. This article will cover all of the steps required to build your carving bench, as well as a few tips and tricks.

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Materials you need to make the bench


When making a wood carving bench, the first material you should think of is the type of wood you would like to have. Look at comfortability, texture, durability, grain patterns, color, maintenance, and weight. The type of wood to choose from has to match the level of comfort you need. 

Of course, the purpose is to give you a place to rest on a beautiful day, but it has to be beautiful as well. It has to add beauty to the area it is placed. The natural color and grain patterns have to attract you. The type of wood should be easy to maintain and repair. Choose a sealing method that does not require a regular application. 

Try to choose the wood that lasts long and is easy to live around since you might constantly change its position. Know the size of your workbench and the specific length and thickness of the wood you should have. 

There are wooden planks that are ready to use from the market. That saves time and the stress of moving from one shop to the other. Having your wood makes the task affordable. Raw wood has to be shaved and cut to the perfect size. Different types of wood qualify to be carving benches. These include hardwood and softwood. 

However, hardwood is heavy, and that reduces the chances of having the bench move while working. Basswood makes you feel like you are carving on a trampoline, and you will not like it. There are wood types you do not struggle working on, and these include cherry wood, oak, maple, and hickory. 

Tools to Use


As soon as you collect your raw wood, look for a saw so that you start cutting the wooden planks to size. Even when you get ready-made planks, you might need to cut them if they are significant. An electric saw cuts the materials faster than a manual saw. That allows you to make a perfect-sized bench of your choice.


The project either uses a power or hand drill. There are two types of drill, and these are hand drill and power drill. Hands down when using a power drill and a hand drill requires the user to move the tool. Power tools take less time to complete a project, whereas hand tools take more time. Dremel drills are faster and lighter. It is only about what makes you feel comfortable.


There are multiple options of vice tools on the market. There is the front vise and the side vise. Since both rotary tools keep your carving secure while you work on your project, compare their characteristics so that you take the one that serves your interests better. 

 Hand plane

A hand plane makes wood edges and corners even. It is accurate and easy to use. It helps you get to know your wood and gives a better finish to your wood carving bench. Multiple features make up the wood that you need to know. 

It is about the feel and workability of different types of wood. These include grain patterns and internal stress patterns. Know how to make each feature work its best in your projects and how it is supposed to move. The more you use the plane, the more you know wood better. 


Screws are essential in the making of a wood carving bench. Even when you intend to use glue, the screws are still needed. Screws secure boards and help build the workbench, and there are multiple types of screws. These include the desk screws, exterior and interior screws. Bring the best use of these screws as you use them according to your project requirements. 


A drill makes holes for bench dogs, and it helps in the addition of the vise. Match the hole markings before you drill the holes. The Dremel drill is fast and efficient. It is of high-speed steel, and as you remove the material, it leaves a smooth surface on the carving. It also comes with optimal precision and detailing. 

Tape measure

A tape measure gives the user accurate measurements of the board and any other necessary parts. 


A trusty pencil is a necessity in wood carving projects. It helps you mark the wood for cutting. You are allowed to make sketches before you make permanent marks on the wood. The markings guide you as you follow the drawing while cutting the wood.

Carpenter’s Square

The carpenter’s square gives you a leveled work surface. The entire bench is level as well. 

How to make a wood carving bench 

Pick the kind of wood you need to build the wood carving bench. A good selection of wood that serves your interests is the ideal one. Gather your tools, and these include screws, tape measure, drill, and hand plane. 

Use a large piece of wood as your tabletop. Shave and plane the wood and cut the boards into your desired size—drill holes as you add the vise and secure it with screws. Find the maximum height of your workbench using your height and the kind of project you are running. A tilting wood carving table gives you comfort as you work on your bench.

Taking Measurements

Before you start working on the bench, take your measurements so that you have enough material. The tape measure gives you accurate measurements in both measuring and cutting. Measure the height, width, and thickness of the wood. 

The standard measurement of the bench’s height is 39inches. It accommodates users with 5,9 to 6.2-inch height. The workbench of such measurements works with a 3 inch thickness of the wood. That makes it safe and firm. Bear in mind that the sizes depend on the available space you have and the style of your bench. 

Cutting the Stock

Once the wood is measured and the tools set, cut the wood following the sketched lines. That is to achieve the required length for the project. Cut the wood for the frame and the tabletop. If you have ready-made planks, you can still cut them. If you are using one piece of wood, cut the area where the vise has to be. 

Milling the wood

Milling the wood involves a process whereby it is into lumber. That makes it ready for use since it is into proper measurements needed for the project. Follow the cutting measurements sketched using a tape measure. The wood becomes ready for installation. 

How to make the frame

Assembling the frame is done when cutting the wood pieces to the proper length of your choice. Assemble the frame by aligning the legs and supporting the pieces. Screw them together using the screws. Make sure they are neither too tight nor loose. When done assembling the frame, assemble the workbench top. 

How to make the legs

Choose a design of your choice that matches the workbench. Prepare the wood as you make sure you have enough thickness on your wood. Follow the line of the grain to smooth out knots. Make the wood even and cut it to your size—Mark with a pencil where you want to make a carving. Smooth down the legs into your shape and file the wood. Varnish the legs and let the legs dry.


There are several techniques of how to build a wood carving workbench. We have covered a few including the easy-to-follow guide in the plan. You should also see Our Favourite Wood Project Planner get everything set on the right track.

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