I started work this weekend on a newfangled workbench. Thanks to those who have posted their previous projects (Nedb,Jeff, Ben and others) – they were all a big help in trying to piece together the bench from the kinda vague fww article. All the information in the world couldn’t stop me from making some mistakes along the way though… (It’s going to be a little shorter than planned) I guess that is to be expected, as this is one of my first solo projects. Once I ...
Well, I have to thank forum member Gregn for going and messing with my plans. Lol. The vertical drawer idea he presented me with may be just the thing I need. They will create a lot more usable storage space , and there’s so many ways to customize these things for shop storage. The only limit is your imagination. Drawers, shelves, pegboard, pegboard and shelves, shelves and drawers, bins and shelves, Ding! light bulb!, I wonder if I can make that work, I’ll have to explore that id...
So I finalized my plans yesterday! And drew out my bench plan. I found pretty much everything I wanted and could use for small space organization. Most of what I found was for houses and worthless to me. I found some great ideas for small shops though. The one I like the most is something I found called ceiling drawers. At least 2 of these will be going in the ceiling of my shop. I’ll be storing my sanders, jig saw, and whatever else I can fit in there. Speaking of sanders, I found an i...
I know there are a lot of Roubo workbench builds posted in the last few years, but I have no apologies for adding another to the pile. Why did I start this? Mainly because my current bench is totally inadequate. It is a “weekend workbench” I’ve used for a couple of years now, built before I really understood what I wanted or needed. It is made with 4×4 and 2×4 pressure treated legs and stretchers, a laminated MDF top, 2’ x 5’ in size. It has a face vise...
I was fortunate enough to be able to take off Christmas week and get a good start on my workbench. I’ve had the idea to build one in my head for a few months now, and have been slowly accumulating the parts and hardware necessary. My intention was to make it possible to take the bench apart and move it with relative ease since I will be moving it from my dad’s shop once I have a shop of my own (side note: apartments suck). I used southern yellow pine, special ordered from Men...
When I ordered the BenchCrafted hardware I also ordered the hardware for the Moxon vise. Not only was I inspired by BrandonW’s bench but also his Moxon vise. So, it has been sitting in my shop for about nine months. Brandon’s Moxon Vise The plan is to make a Moxon Vise Bench-top Bench because when I doing fine work I find myself slumping over for extended periods of time. That kind of zaps the fun of it after a while. Furthermore, I admit to being spoiled when comes to h...
working on the legs, 8 4×4s lined up chopping dados with my old POS craftsman chisels. router plane idea from Paul Sellers… http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=B_2a_FwjAgk&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DB_2a_FwjAgk worked like a champ!
I started work on my bench today. I’ve had the Douglas Fir purchased from Home Depot waiting for this in my basement since July, so it should be well acclimated. Of course i would love to have a hard maple bench, but I want to learn on something a little more…economical.The boards in the photos are 2×8x6’, cut at the store from 2×8x12’ boards. That was necessary in order to fit them in my car. Six feet is about the max with the pass-through ot the trunk o...
So I’m moving to Australia from San Diego in a few short weeks. I’ve started using more and more hand tools in my work and I’m discovering just how inadequate my current workbench is so I’m leaving it behind. To decide what I want/need I ordered myself both of Chris Schwartz’s books on work benches for Chrismas. I’m closing in on a design and I seem to favor a modified Roubo. But at the moment, I’d like to start a discussion about what wood I sh...
My new workbench is finally coming together. Follow the blog link on my site to view images and information. The bench is Cherry and Maple and will feature a chest of drawers on the front with 3 cabinets on the rear. Well it has been some time since I have posted. I’ve been working on several projects for my customers and managed to sneak in some time on the workbench. I have quite a bit more work to do to complete the bench. But it is at least in a usable form and I’m enjoying it already....
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