I’ve been working on this bench for more than a year and am finally almost finished. The base is ash and is from a plan I got from woodstore.net and the top is 2×6 lumber from Home Depot and is loosely based on the Stumpy Nubs 2×6 Roubo bench. The top is 36” x 59” and 5” thick. I made it wider than both of the plans called for because I wanted to use it for assembly. I haven’t had a chance to seal it yet because as soon as the top was flat I started using it for other projects. One thing I learned while working on the bench is to choose my battles and move on. The bench top is “as flat as I need it to be for now” and there are as many holes as I could drill until my arms gave out and they are in as straight a line as I needed at the time to be useful.
I didn’t use 2×4’s for the round dog hole rows (from the Stumpy Nubs plan) because I wanted the top to be as heavy as possible, so instead, I have the 3/4” holes from the top and 1 1/2” holes drilled up from the bottom (about 2 1/2” deep). The hold down clamps have plenty of room to wedge tight.
I only have one vise so far, but will be adding an end vise and leg vise soon.
And I couldn’t have done it without the great help of Malakai, the shop kitty.
-- Steve Tripp, Minneapolis, MN