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Blog entry by Steve Tripp posted 03-05-2014 03:43 AM 1229 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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



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CL810

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#1 posted 03-05-2014 04:29 AM

Looks stout Steve – this bench will serve you well.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#2 posted 03-05-2014 05:00 AM

Great work Steve.

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#3 posted 03-05-2014 03:20 PM

Looking good so far. I want to make me one someday. I have even left a space open in the shop for it. Trouble is I don’t know enough about them to know what I need or use in one. There seems to be so many options in the design. I need educated!

-- Correlation is not causation but I did loose my Doctor !!!

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#4 posted 03-05-2014 03:34 PM

@49er I know what you mean. This bench has gone through so many design changes over the past year that it looks nothing like what I originally had in mind. Even after I started working on the base, I changed dimensions and material pretty much on the fly as lumber came on sale and the dimensions I originally wanted were too expensive.

I waffled between buying a benchtop and making one and one day while walking through Home Depot I just loaded up with 2×6’s and said ‘to heck with it’. I went home and bought the Stumpy Nubs 2×6 Roubo plan and tweaked it for my base.

My next bench will be much more thoroughly thought out and better planned, but this one has already become very valuable in my shop.

-- Steve Tripp, Minneapolis, MN

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#5 posted 03-06-2014 12:18 AM

Looks great. I love seeing a solid bench that looks like it is intended for use, not just to show off. Give your assistant a pat on the back (or a scratch behind the ears).

-- Dave K.

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