|Project by Smitty_Cabinetshop||posted 03-26-2011 08:50 PM||11153 views||28 times favorited||79 comments|
Started in January 2009 and finished in March, this bench started me down the path of hand tool woodworking and I haven’t looked back. Credit goes to Scott Landis’ Workbench Book for inspiration, and Chris Schwarz for re-presenting the Roubo design in his first Workbenches book. First two pics are from initial completion, the third is from Sep 2010 and shows it in work. Last one includes an added a row of round holes to the front to use a Veritas bench pup; works incredibly well, should have done it a long time ago.
Top is a single piece of oak, nearly 3 inches thick, that was originally a threshhold in an old house torn down in the early 1990s and saved for a “someday” project that ultimately became this bench. I sandwiched the block w/ 3” white oak pieces to get uniform thickness AND to get 24” depth for the work surface. The underside still has the gray paint with dados for sidelights. :-) Handplaned the surface with a wooden Sandusky jack before I knew what I was doing, but got through it! I think there were three garbage bags of shavings before all was said and done. The legs are blind-mortised into the top and draw-bored, as are the stretchers. I really had no idea what I was doing at the time; more guts than anything. Chris’ book steered me through it at each step of the way, though. I truly relied on that book.
Legs are eastern pine, planed down from large solid-wood outside window sills of the same house. All wood on the bench is salvage, including the leg vise hardware, sliding deadman and leg vise chop.
UPDATE: Added a sixth picture of the end vise that’s now on the bench. The build of the vise chop got its own project listing here on LJs it was an addition I was plenty nervous about, truthfully, in that I don’t take any modifications to my bench lightly… But now that it’s done, I’m excited for the capability it adds!
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