|Project by Blaz||posted 06-13-2016 08:24 AM||1490 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
In the beginning of the year I decided I finally need a proper workbench. I bought some beech 5 centimeters (2 inch) thick. On and off I needed 5 months to finish it.
I decided I want to build French style Roubo workbench with slanted legs and a tool well since I tend to leave tools on the workbench which end up getting in my way all the time.
The bench is 85 cm high which is exactly half of my body height. It feels conformable, but still a bit low for chisel work and sawing dovetails. But for planing it is great. Maybe I build a moxon vise in the future.
The top is 12 cm thick, 200 cm long. With a tool well the top is 65cm deep so I can still reach a wall behind the bench. Legs are 12 cm wide and 8 cm thick. The bench is very heavy and doesn’t even tremble no matter what you do to it.
I added a Benchcrafted classic leg vise with a criss cross. I still need to add Veritas inset vise and dog holes. As for the deadman I don’t know if I will need one.
I plan to make a low drawer cabinet which will fit under the bench (between the legs). but still leave enough room under the top so I can clamp work pieces on the top. The bottom of of the tool well is made from two pieces which can be removed if I need to clamp something from below.
I finished the bench with two coats of lindseed-tung oil mix, which I had.
It was a biggest thing I build so far, but it was fun. I am also glad it is mainly over now so I can focus on other stuff.