Joinery Bench

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Project by oldwolf posted 07-10-2010 01:51 AM 7264 views 17 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



-- Oldwolf -

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#1 posted 07-10-2010 01:58 AM

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 -

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#2 posted 07-10-2010 02:51 AM

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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#3 posted 07-10-2010 02:51 AM

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:

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#4 posted 07-10-2010 03:45 AM

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

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 07-10-2010 04:54 AM

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 -

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#6 posted 08-31-2013 01:38 PM

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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#7 posted 08-31-2013 05:40 PM

This is a wonderful addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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