|Project by shampeon||posted 07-05-2014 01:21 AM||2846 views||20 times favorited||42 comments|
I live in San Francisco, which means space is at a premium. I’d wanted a solid woodworking bench for a couple years now, but needed one that could fit in my work area (a large hallway in my building). I finally decided on a splayed leg Roubo design, since it could be smaller but still beefy. The fine folks in the “Workbench smackdown” thread helped me figure out the details.
I bought a large board of 12/4 red oak from MacBeath to make the top.
Then found some beautiful vertical-grained reclaimed Douglas fir beams on Craigslist, which were perfect for the legs.
To get the width I wanted, and to add some contrast, I added in some cherry boards.
I added some breadboards to the end, and dovetailed some rails to make up the final width and length.
The splayed legs weren’t as difficult to execute as I had originally thought, thanks to a solid miter box, an angle gauge, and some care.
I decided to make a hand-wheel for the leg vise using the Lee Valley tail vise screw and a large hand-wheel from Grizzly. Came out nice.
The chop is some more 12/4 red oak. And I picked up a Benchcrafted criss-cross, which is pretty sweet.
The deadman is some 8/4 wavy bubinga, with some angle iron for the top rail and some hickory for the bottom.
The front and back stretchers are 8/4 cherry, and for the shelf I put in some click-lock bamboo flooring I had leftover from a repair job in our kitchen.
The finish is my 1:1:1 mix of BLO/DNA/shellac, which gives the look and repair-ability of an oil finish with a faster drying time.
And in the end, after a couple years of planning and fits and starts, here’s my work bench.
-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."