How to Build a Luthier Bench


The luthier workbench is minimalist in design, especially when compared to the workbench designs of woodworkers, garage mechanics or other craft persons. The luthier creates and repairs stringed instruments. In general, luthiers repair objects that can rest on an area roughly 24 inches by 48 inches. Some luthiers prefer one very large surface --- such as a work table measuring 4 feet by 6 feet or more --- because it allows them to work on several projects at a time.

Things You'll Need

  • 3/4 inch-thick plywood
  • 8, 36-inch 2 foot by 4 foot boards
  • 4, 48-inch 2 foot by 4 foot boards
  • Wood glue
  • Electric drill
  • Joint brackets
  • Construct the frame by putting a pair of 36-inch 2-by-4s vertically on the floor. Then place two 36-inch 2-by-4s horizontally between the two vertical and parallel boards, one flush at the top between the two parallel boards (legs) and one just 4 to 6 inches from the bottom of the parallel boards (legs). Repeat this process to yield two exact end pieces of the frame. Picture this by imagining the capital letter H. Now, imagine moving up the horizontal line that sits in the middle, so it connects the two vertical lines at the top. Add another cross line just above the bottom ends. That is how each of the legs will appear.

  • Using brackets (called "strong-ties" in construction) to connect 2-by-4s, pre-drill holes following the guides in the brackets and connect each of the pieces of lumber with wood screws. Once each piece is secured, you attach 48-inch boards to connect the two ends at the top.

  • Affix the top with glue and screws now that all the corners are secured. Take a 3 foot by 4 foot piece of 3/4-inch plywood and affix it to the frame. Run wood screws along the perimeter of the top to secure it to the frame below. Completely cover the top by gluing a large enough piece of carpet. This will protect musical instruments from getting dings and scratches.

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