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Project by Blaz posted 06-13-2016 08:24 AM 1167 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.





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theoldfart

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#1 posted 06-13-2016 01:08 PM

Looks really good, and nice design.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 06-13-2016 02:41 PM

Congrats on a well made bench Blaz!

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#3 posted 06-13-2016 03:46 PM

That’s a real fine looking bench.

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#4 posted 06-13-2016 05:05 PM

Great job on the bench Blaz. Your dove tails look killer. Well done.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 06-13-2016 05:14 PM

This bench is so nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Scott Landry

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#6 posted 06-14-2016 02:59 PM

Nice bench. I would drill some dog holes in the top and get some of those spring steel hold downs. You will love it. I know it seems like you would be desecrating such a nice piece of work, but those hold downs worth a few holes in the bench top.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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#7 posted 06-16-2016 12:18 AM

Great looking bench! congrats

-- Greg Simon

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#8 posted 06-17-2016 12:17 AM

Love IT!!! Enjoy your new workmate, fantastic looking bench.

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#9 posted 06-17-2016 02:38 AM

Fine work sir. Congrats with the new bench.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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Blaz

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#10 posted 06-17-2016 09:20 AM


I would drill some dog holes in the top and get some of those spring steel hold downs. You will love it. I know it seems like you would be desecrating such a nice piece of work, but those hold downs worth a few holes in the bench top.

- Scott Landry

I will drill dog holes. I just wait for the veritas inset vise to be delivered and then I will also drill dog holes.

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