About Plate 11
I founded Plate 11 Workbench Co. out of my love for woodworking and my own personal need for a solid, versatile workbench. My goal is to provide beautiful, functional workbenches to woodworkers who may not have the time, tools, skills, or simply the desire to undertake a project that will take many hours of shop time to complete over the course of weeks, months, or in some cases, years.
I was inspired by the illustrated plates in André Jacob Roubo’s L’Art Du Menuisier, an 18th-century master work on all things woodworking. Plate 11 is named for the lithographic plate which depicts the workbench that now bears his name. A high resolution scan of the plate and an English translation of the related text (from the original, archaic French) is located HERE. Both are provided by Lost Art Press, who is currently working on a complete, annotated translation and republication of all four volumes of L’Art Du Menuisier.