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Project by midnightww posted 02-28-2017 12:35 AM 1940 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After making my son his jr. sized Roubo: “http://lumberjocks.com/projects/302474” , I decided it was time to make my own proper bench. The material choices are based on staying within a certain budget, and the time to build, as I have 2 small children that get most of my free time. It is a split top design using two 6×12s for the tops, and 4×6 lumber for the legs and stretchers. The legs and stretchers weren’t the pretties wood, hence the millk paint, but at least they were straight and square enough to build the bench. The Benchcrafted classic /crisscross is well worth the investments. I’ll add a wagon vise at some point, but the dogs work just fine for now.

-- "Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good" Minor Myers





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#1 posted 02-28-2017 12:50 AM

I love your bench. You make me so jealous. I’m itching to start a bench.

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#2 posted 02-28-2017 04:16 PM

Out of curiosity why did you choose 6×12’s? I have been planning on going with two 4×12’s for a split top myself. I had not considered 6”. Also, is that Douglas Fir?

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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midnightww

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#3 posted 02-28-2017 05:29 PM



Out of curiosity why did you choose 6×12 s? I have been planning on going with two 4×12 s for a split top myself. I had not considered 6”. Also, is that Douglas Fir?

- sepeck

Yes, it’s Douglas fir that o ordered online through menards. I agonized over that same decision for days. I’m sure 4 inch would work just fine ( and be much easier to work with). A lot of my decision was based on my potential plans for the wagon vise which would work better with something over 3.5”. I built my sons bench with select 4×4 which look much better as I could pick through them ( I wouldn’t consider the 6×12 select, which is how they are identified online), But they were at least relatively 4s which was my main priority.

-- "Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good" Minor Myers

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#4 posted 02-28-2017 07:03 PM

Wow! This is a wonderful bench and so beautifully done.

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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benchbuilder

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#5 posted 02-28-2017 10:38 PM

Wow, one fine bench, shouldnt last more than a few hundred years. Very well built!

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sepeck

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#6 posted 02-28-2017 11:14 PM

Out of curiosity why did you choose 6×12 s? I have been planning on going with two 4×12 s for a split top myself. I had not considered 6”. Also, is that Douglas Fir?

- sepeck

Yes, it s Douglas fir that o ordered online through menards. I agonized over that same decision for days. I m sure 4 inch would work just fine ( and be much easier to work with). A lot of my decision was based on my potential plans for the wagon vise which would work better with something over 3.5”. I built my sons bench with select 4×4 which look much better as I could pick through them ( I wouldn t consider the 6×12 select, which is how they are identified online), But they were at least relatively 4s which was my main priority.

- midnightww

Yes, I’m in the “haven’t ordered so haven’t committed yet” phase, which of course is both the best and the worst. I plan to router sled the top flat myself but since I have some stuff to do before I am at the stage of replacing my current cheapy workbench, I can stall a bit longer on a choice. Until now I was firm. /sigh.

No tail vice? Just finding you don’t use it? Also, what rule set did you use for determining height? The Chris Schwartz knuckle height or the Paul Sellers higher.

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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midnightww

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#7 posted 02-28-2017 11:25 PM


Out of curiosity why did you choose 6×12 s? I have been planning on going with two 4×12 s for a split top myself. I had not considered 6”. Also, is that Douglas Fir?

- sepeck

Yes, it s Douglas fir that o ordered online through menards. I agonized over that same decision for days. I m sure 4 inch would work just fine ( and be much easier to work with). A lot of my decision was based on my potential plans for the wagon vise which would work better with something over 3.5”. I built my sons bench with select 4×4 which look much better as I could pick through them ( I wouldn t consider the 6×12 select, which is how they are identified online), But they were at least relatively 4s which was my main priority.

- midnightww

Yes, I m in the “haven t ordered so haven t committed yet” phase, which of course is both the best and the worst. I plan to router sled the top flat myself but since I have some stuff to do before I am at the stage of replacing my current cheapy workbench, I can stall a bit longer on a choice. Until now I was firm. /sigh.

No tail vice? Just finding you don t use it? Also, what rule set did you use for determining height? The Chris Schwartz knuckle height or the Paul Sellers higher.

- sepeck

I went back in forth for 2 months( drove my wife crazy…). I have a lee valley screw that I’ll use for the tail vise, just haven’t gotten to it yet. I went on the shorter side 34”. Bit kept it high enough that dovetailing was comfortable using my moxon. I’m a fairly big guy, so I don’t need the bench super low to not get tired planing. My prior bench was a Paul sellers type, I much prefer the roubo, definitely a personal preference thing.

-- "Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good" Minor Myers

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Tim

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#8 posted 02-28-2017 11:59 PM

Nice bench, should work great for you.

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mafe

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#9 posted 03-01-2017 03:58 PM

Lovely bench I really like the painted base.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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sepeck

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#10 posted 03-01-2017 10:14 PM

Thanks. Now in addition to other concerns I have to now decide between 4 and 6 inches. Darn it.

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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