After searchiing different woodworking websites, I noticed that I was not the only one who used a workmate style workbench. I decided that since I use my workmate quite often because it is portable, that I would redo the work surface and make it more user friendly. The first thing that I did was measure the old top to decide how much bigger to make the new one. The original clamping style top was approximately 20”w x 9.5”d x .75”h when closed. The new top is 35.125R...
Not much “Progress” over the last couple days unless you consider a good cleaning of the shop progress (which I kinda do). The place had become a safety hazard and I just wasn’t able to focus on anything with all the clutter and dust about so it had to be delt with before moving forward with anything else. I started out like this.. And after a full day of cleaning and re organizing some tools I got it to a working condition.. As a side note.. the wi...
After getting tired of cleaning sawdust out of the nooks and crannies of my planes, I decided to build a little cabinet for them. It’s just a basic scrap plywood box with plywood drawers. I got a couple pairs of 100# full-extension drawer slides off Amazon for the drawers. I’m not the greatest at building carcasses (i.e., making them square), so I had to do some trial and error getting the fit right. For the drawer backs I just screwed on a couple pieces of scrap O...
Ok. It’s time to place the Workmate aside and build a real bench. Don’t get me wrong, the Workmate served me well these few years, and it still has its place (wrapping newspaper comes to mind). Time to build a real bench. I’ve done the research, read the Schwarz, and even helped a friend build his bench. It’s my time! So I went to the Woodworking in America show in Valley Forge PA last October and as luck would have it, there was a company offering kiln dried Ash 12...
I turned the whole thing 90 degrees and added a base of 2×4’s to the bottom for support. (Thanks Andy). This would give me access to lots of drawers from it’s resting place. I am still lost on tactical approach to the design, but I feel I can at least handle building this design. Keep the comments coming even if it is “Don’t build that it sucks” Thanks,Smith
Well, here are some photos from the first glue up: From Roubo SLumberThe Schwarz said that pine is resinous and resists glue so acetone helps. From Roubo SLumberThe roller idea is the Renaissance Woodworker’s—and i like it! From Roubo SLumber From Roubo SLumberProbably should have waited till it was a bit more dry and firm… Also, i decided to see what could be done with the botched stretchers.From Roubo SLumberCutting 4” off half of my bottom stretchers to make t...
My Workbench Saga I am a relatively new woodworker. I had grand visions of building furniture when I started on this quest nearly five years ago but all I have managed to actually build are storage sheds, animal shelters, and a couple of amateur shelving units that I am embarrassed to show anyone with real skills. My journey toward building an actual piece of furniture I can be proud of has progressed in fits and starts. I have read countless books, magazines, web articles, and forum posts...
My office building where I work is upgrading their HVAC system, and the new equipment was delivered packed in long crates. The wood was going to be scrapped so I loaded up my hatchback and brought it home. Now I figure I have to make a proper workbench, since I’ve been making do with a wobbly 1950’s kitchen table on hairpin legs (cool table, but it makes a crappy workbench). I like how the Roubo style benches look, and they seem pretty straightforward to build. I found Chris Sc...
Why buy it when you can build it? That’s my motto. Every woodworker is going to need clamps. I knew I would need some for my bench… especially when gluing up the top. Speed clamps and pipe clamps are great if you can afford them, but everywhere I read I see you can’t have too many clamps… Well until Angelina Jolie decides to adopt me too, I’m going to have to do it another way. I found an article in an old Popular Mechanics magazine showing how to build ...
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