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Project by WoodWrangler posted 05-24-2009 03:55 AM 9797 views 32 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally, a hefty workbench … been wanting this for a long time and finally made it happen. The design is a mix of a Roubo (best documented recently by Christopher Schwarz in the Workbenches book) and the 21st Century Workbench (designed by Robert Lang and documented in a Popular Woodworking and on a DVD). I also took one idea from LJ member Rob Bois after watching his videos.

The bench is made of maple with a 4” thick solid top. On the side is a Veritas Twin Screw vise and on the far end is a pattern maker’s vise (not shown). Everything was made with 10/4 maple. The legs are 5” square. The overall height is 34 1/2” and it’s 32” wide. The center trays are made with ribbon Sapele sides and the bottom is made to look like the benchtop so that when it is flipped it fits in better. The edges are all softened with an 1/8” chamfer. The dog holes are setup for the Veritas holddowns and dogs(or other 3/4” posts). There is a shelf on the bottom made of pine and ship-lapped.

It’s VERY heavy. Not sure how much, but I’d guess 300lbs or so. Now I just need to put a finish on it … probably a BLO/wax blend or Danish oil … we’ll see.

Thanks for looking!

-- Jeremy, Bradenton, Florida





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Durnik150

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#1 posted 05-24-2009 03:59 AM

Envy, envy, envy! Congratulations on a wonderful workbench. It sure looks like you did your homework and a great job of putting all the research to work.

At 300 pounds that bench should hold up and hold up to a lot of work. It’s always nice to build something that you get to use yourself when you woodwork.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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cabinetmaster

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#2 posted 05-24-2009 04:01 AM

WOW what a workhorse of a bench. Looks great. When you coming to Wilkesboro to build me one?.....LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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schroeder

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#3 posted 05-24-2009 04:07 AM

EXCELLENT! – you my friend, have made a work of art! – (I love a good work bench!), the good workmanship is clear! – very nice work.

Schroeder

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 05-24-2009 04:47 AM

nicely done… thanks for the post, I’m in the process of choosing a design (or mix) for a workbench, so every post like yours adds up and helps a lot.

once question regarding the 21st century (and I have the sketchup model) – how are the top pieces mounted on the legs? the su model doesnt show anything -do they just sit on top? and if so – how are they aligned to one another?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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woodworm

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#5 posted 05-24-2009 05:31 AM

Excellently built. That is very heavy and rocksolid.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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BarryW

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#6 posted 05-24-2009 05:34 AM

Substantial is the word that comes to mind here…and if I were singing a song “it ain’t heavy, it’s my workbench.”

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#7 posted 05-24-2009 05:39 AM

a cool bench and beautiful build and design.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#8 posted 05-24-2009 03:35 PM

This will serve you well for a long time.

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WoodWrangler

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#9 posted 05-24-2009 03:38 PM

PurpLev – once question regarding the 21st century (and I have the sketchup model) – how are the top pieces mounted on the legs? the su model doesnt show anything -do they just sit on top? and if so – how are they aligned to one another?

The top just rests on the base and I used 4 1/2” lag bolts to secure it. It isn’t budgeting, and can be removed if needed. As for alignment, that’s a bit tricky. You’ll want to keep the top parallel and square. This took some fudging, a long straight edge, a large square, and a few wedges to accomplish, but it’s not pretty darn even.

-- Jeremy, Bradenton, Florida

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PurpLev

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#10 posted 05-24-2009 04:41 PM

cool, thanks for the info.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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tmiller

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#11 posted 05-24-2009 09:42 PM

I’d guess a ton. That is awesome. You might want to think about them as a business if you haven’t already.
AWESOME!

Thanks for posting the pics.

-- tmwsigns.com

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CarlB

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#12 posted 05-25-2009 04:53 AM

Awesome Bench

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jcees

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#13 posted 06-07-2009 02:22 PM

Very nicely done. Bravo!

always,
J.C.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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DoctorDan

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#14 posted 02-23-2010 03:57 AM

Good job. Two thumbs up. That sure is a lot of dog holes.

-- Daniel - http://theloveofwood.blogspot.com/

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thatwoodworkingguy

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#15 posted 06-14-2010 01:03 AM

such a sweet bench

-- thatwoodworkingguy.com ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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