|Project by Brian||posted 11-27-2012 05:13 PM||3710 views||24 times favorited||17 comments|
Here is the workbench I built this summer. It’s based pretty closely on Christopher Schwarz’s Roubo design from his first workbench book.
Originally I was planning on using ash and laminating it for the top, but a neighbor had a 4” thick 24” wide and 8’ long white pine slab. One single piece and free! It had been used as a bar top for at least 10 years so it was good and dry. I first had to trim off the rounded end and waney edge, then begin the task of flattening this beast! Once I got it flat I added an 8/4 piece of maple to the front edge since that’s where I expect the most wear to take place, and as a bearing surface for the leg vise which is also maple.
I used the Lee Valley screws to make the vises, (I painted them black because that green is atrocious) the leg vice is made from some 8/4 maple about 8.5 inches wide, the wagon vise is a + shaped lamination of maple that moves in a couple of grooves. I lined the wagon vise “pocket” with maple for wear resistance. I added leather to the jaws of both vises and they bite very well.
The base is made of 2 X 12’s laminated together, the legs are 5” X 5” and the stretcher mortises meet in the middle and are mitered. I made white oak dowels with a home made doweling plate and draw-bored all the joints.
I also added a shelf below the top and a sliding deadman. Over all I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I was originally concerned about the softness of the top but after nearly six months of use it is holding up very well.
-- Brian, Jericho Vermont