Knockdown English Style Workbench

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Project by Wayne Precht posted 01-25-2016 02:40 AM 1611 views 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

The latest project is a new dedicated workbench. This is based somewhat on the article in the latest issue (12/15) of Popular Woodworking. My version is 7’ long (instead of the 6’ in the article) and mine is taller, since I am taller than the editor :)

It’s basically an English Nicholson style bench with a Roubo crochet added as an edge planing stop. It also knocks down into the top, the two aprons and two leg assemblies. Even though it’s made from 2×12 fir construction grade it’s like 250-300 lbs and pretty stable.

Also seen in the photos is my new favorite plane. The top cupped a bit when I glued it up since I didn’t have cauls wide enough. Really, what I should have done was scrape off the epoxy and make some before proceeding. But there’s nothing like cooking epoxy to rush you along. It took me about 3-4 hours to flatten the bottom to accept the second layer of 2.x12. I still have to finish the top. But I had to stop and resharpen the iron and that old English steel is hard as crap. Fortunately as long as I don’t need to use the bench surface as a reference surface, there’s no hurry on that. And I have the wide iron table to the table saw for that if needed.

-- --- Wayne.

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#1 posted 02-13-2016 07:23 PM

very nice bench! All the hold down holes will be useful! enjoy!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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