Bench Build-Off

The Dusty Life is proud to announce the Bench Build-Off.  This is a non judged challenge where participants will build a woodworking bench to suit their needs.  It can be Roubo, Nicholson, Holtzapffle, Klaus, Sjoberg, Shaker, Roman, etc.

We want to see your woodworking bench and we have sponsors who would like to reward you for your hard work.  Prizes will be awarded randomly to the participants of the Bench Build-Off.

To qualify for prizes, the Bench needs to have been completed between August 28 to September 18, 2016.  Benches built prior will not be eligible.

To submit your entry to the challenge, simply send a link to the video, blog entry, or slideshow of your build to

If you would like to donate a prize to the Bench Build-Off please email us at

The Bench Build-Off is proudly sponsored by the following generous donors:

BearKat Wood Fine Woodworking


Dovetail Saw – $225 value (representation only, other tools not included)


2 Chairmakers Card Scrapers – $10 value each



Time Warp Tool Works

EasyDog Hole Kit – $129 value (power tools not included)

2 Bit Dog Kit







Bad Axe Tool Works

Mug o’ Saw Maintenance – $29.95 value


Bench Hook Set – $49.95 value (square and saw not included)


Can of Bee’s Beeswax Spray – $14.95 value




 24″ x 28″ BenchMAT Small BarnWood with The Dusty Life and logos – $39.99 value


Rockler Woodworking and Hardware

Rockler, Woodworking and Hardware, Create with Confidence

Rockler Workbench Caster Kit 4 Pack – $79.99 value

Rockler Workbench Caster Kit 4 Pack


Braxton Wirthlin

Mallet, Dovetail Marking Gauge, and Marking Knife – $140 value


Dema’s Woodshop

Brass Mallet with Chestnut Root Burl Handle – $85 value


Hand Forged Holdfast Set – $85 value (bench dog not included)

Hand Forged Holdfasts

Deacon Woodworks


Double 64oz. Growler Crate – $100 value


The Bench Build Off has ended.

Thank you to all the sponsors of the Bench Build-Off!  We had a great turn out for such an ambitious project in a short period of time.  Below is a list of the entrants and a photo of their finished bench.  Thanks to all who participated in the Bench Build-Off!  Enjoy working on your new bench and go make something awesome.

Brian McCauley – A sweet Roubo bench from SPF and Mahogany


Garth Schafer – A twin slab top Roubo.


Bob Buchan – A very nice Nicholson Bench


Paul Jackman – Check out his video on YouTube

Justin Geiman – A nice Nicholson Style Bench


James Wright – A bench for his kids.  Check out his video on YouTube

Joe Faraoni – Check out his Roubo style bench on his website or his Instagram


Jake Curry – A good starter bench


Ryan Overgaard – A beautiful French workbench, nice work, Ryan.


Brock Kragenbrink – Beautiful multipurpose bench


Brian Prusa – A quick and sturdy bench


Josh Stedman – A multipurpose bench/countertop with storage

Mike Ellery – A sweet Nicholson Bench


Jacob Burkhalter – Here’s a beautiful Moravian Bench


Chris Philhower – Check out Chris’ bench on YouTube

Dave Barlow – Check out Dave’s Roubo!


Huy Huynh – Huy made an awesome bench!


Mike Nye – A cool kids Nicholson Bench


Jeremy Wright – Fantastic bench.


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