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Old-Timey Woodworking #4: The Workbench of your eighteenth century dreams!

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Blog entry by StumpyNubs posted 10-23-2013 08:17 PM 2363 reads 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s a trend hotter than “skinny jeans”- woodworkers are lovin’ them some Roubo! Stumpy teaches you all about the classic, eighteenth century workbench, then builds one out of cheap construction lumber!

Watch here, then return to leave a comment so Stumpy doesn't feel left out!

The Old Timey Workshop is a monthly podcast produced independently of Blue Collar Woodworking. It will feature woodworking projects built with the tools and techniques of the past, while finding new ways to enjoy the workshop.

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-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com



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luv2learn

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#1 posted 10-23-2013 09:34 PM

Thanks Stumpy this was a great informative episode on bench construction.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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jap

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#2 posted 10-23-2013 11:34 PM

Good video.
At about the 10:30 mark in the video I’m pretty sure you referred to the leg vise as a tail vise. :)

-- Joel

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StumpyNubs

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#3 posted 10-23-2013 11:45 PM

Yes, I noticed that mistake too. Actually, I meant to say “end vise”. Oops.

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 10-24-2013 12:24 AM

You are holding true to the average garage woodworker. Not using a major hardwood. Your innovation dare I say genius and humor is better and better.( I know I’ve said hat before…LOL) Did you get both vices from Rockler? With this new series you can use all those wonderful tools you’ve gathered and put on the wall? Like your modified version. Remember when your hero(Roy) built one? He added the tray and even some exotic dovetails.

Nice job. Are we going to see anymore Mustache Mike segments?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DIYaholic

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#5 posted 10-24-2013 01:30 AM

I came back, after watching the video, because I didn’t want you to feel all alone.
Shouldn’t an old old timey wood worker have a younger apprentice….
to keep him company and fly for more cold ones!!!

Nice build and documentation.
Where are you getting your holdfasts from?

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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StumpyNubs

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#6 posted 10-24-2013 01:41 AM

Randy- My holdfasts are from Woodcraft. The “mini” size works for most everything up to a couple inches thick.

Doc- Yes, both came from Rockler. I will be making some review videos on them shortly. The tools on the wall aren’t half of it! I might have as many hand tools as Roy… maybe not. :)

The Stash has been setting up a new shop so he’s been MIA. But we’ll be back to filming with him shortly.

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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Sandra

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#7 posted 10-24-2013 11:25 AM

Well, I TOTALLY wasn’t going to sit here and watch the whole episode, but I did.

This was my favourite so far. The references to Marie Antoinette, Victor Hugo, and the French in general has exposed you for what you are – ‘right smart’.

Great video Stumpy.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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StumpyNubs

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#8 posted 10-24-2013 12:56 PM

Merci beaucoup, Sandra. Je fais de mon mieux.

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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DanielEarhart

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#9 posted 10-24-2013 01:54 PM

Great video Stumpy. I have built my workbench over a thousand times in my head and it going to be very similar to yours. Only a couple more items on my honey do list and then I am starting my workbench. Can’t wait for the next episode on the bench.

-- Daniel

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#10 posted 10-24-2013 02:08 PM

Stumpy, Great video. Having just finished my basement, I have near a billion 1-2 foot cut offs. Would a butcher block type glue-up for the top have enough structural integrity for pounding and hold fasting?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#11 posted 10-24-2013 02:14 PM

Enjoyed your video. The content was informative and entertaining. The picture quality was great.

-- Julian

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StumpyNubs

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#12 posted 10-24-2013 02:20 PM

Todd- I built a bench on the very first episode of Blue Collar Woodworking out of short cutoffs. What I did was cut a big tongue on the ends that ran the length of the bench and attach a long “breadboard” type support on the front and back edges. That will keep a benchtop like that from sagging. Just don’t glue the tongues in the grooves so it can expand and contract.

You can watch the bench episodes (#1-3) here.

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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ToddJB

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#13 posted 10-24-2013 02:34 PM

Awesome, Thank you, Fine Sir. When I’m not at work I take some time to plow through these.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#14 posted 10-24-2013 04:04 PM

Another good one…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 10-24-2013 09:06 PM

Stumpy another very informative video.love the bench .i have one but want some doges may check out rockler and see what that one you showed it may work ,thanks for sharing ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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