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Project by oldwolf posted 1377 days ago 4435 views 16 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a bench that could travel, but would still be useful every day in my shop. Thank God I read a blog post that spoke about a bench built by a man named Tim Williams and his version of a joinery bench. Mine is not quite as sexy as his, but it will get the job done and isn’t that all you can really ask from a bench anyhow?

built this bench over the last two months, using 95% hand tools, from ripping the 2×8 in half for the laminated bench top with a hand filed rip saw to planing the top flat with a jack and smoothing plane. I have learned so much doing this.

For the whole story and a ton more pictures, check out my blog at Inside the Oldwolf Workshop

Cheers

Oldwolf

-- Oldwolf - http://insidetheworkshop.blogspot.com/





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oldwolf

100 posts in 1756 days


#1 posted 1377 days ago

oops, did it again :) forgot the measurements.

top is about 44” by 26” and the beast is 40” high, higher to help me stand up straighter while doing saw joinery operations like dovetailing.

Thanks for looking

-- Oldwolf - http://insidetheworkshop.blogspot.com/

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littlecope

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#2 posted 1377 days ago

Great Job, my Friend… (Man, could I use one of those!)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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David Kirtley

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#3 posted 1377 days ago

Looks good, especially the dovetails in the hickory skirt. I like the pose on the saw benches. Your own portable workshop. It is going to be really nice for hauling to the clan stuff.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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swirt

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#4 posted 1377 days ago

Looks great. What are your plans for making it stable on uneven ground when you are off at a show?

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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oldwolf

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#5 posted 1377 days ago

Swirt – I thinking I’m going to stake it to the ground, literally. I’m going to get some rebar and make a shepherds crook on one end, to hook over the 2×6 bottom of the frame legs. We use similar type stakes to support lots of display stands when we are on the run and they work great.

David – always good to hear from you man, I got your other messages and I’m gonna take a look at them,

Littlecope – dude, if you could use one, then build one, the hickory wrap was an awesome board and a lucky find, but the materials are dirt cheep construction lumber, and it took me a while but with some power tool assistance to rip boards and drill holes, it can come together in no time, do a search for the 175$ workbench design by Chris Schwarz, that was a heck of an inspiration to me when I was looking to build my first real bench.

Thanks for lookin’ guys

-- Oldwolf - http://insidetheworkshop.blogspot.com/

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rustythebailiff

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#6 posted 229 days ago

Looks great. I can just picture you at events working on your latest project. Great impression! Love how you attach the legs to the top, very sturdy I’ll wager. One question, how do you get along without a vise? I’ve seen engravings of Roubo benches that don’t have vises, but instead use a horizontal hook to catch and hold the ends of boards. Are you using an arrangment such as that?

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 229 days ago

This is a wonderful addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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