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Project by MichaelT77 posted 364 days ago 2907 views 8 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d like to call myself a woodworker, but it has only been in recent years that I’ve made anything worthy of coming up out of the basement. For many years, I’ve gotten by with a hardboard-covered sheet of plywood over sawhorses. Recently, though, I was inspired to build a decent workbench. An acquaintance showed me one that he had build (one of those big Roubos with the contrasting wood, and the big dovetails). I went a different route. This is modeled from a Christopher Schwarz design.

I made it 6 feet long instead of 8. It’s made of pine and fir, because that was the least expensive wood l could find, and readily accessible at Lowes and Home Depot. I just tried to find the straightest boards available (usually at the bottom back of the stack).

Compared to that Cadillac of a Roubo, this is closer to a dog cart. Nonetheless, it’s functional, and I’m reasonably happy with how it turned out. The screw for the wagon vise is too short, and I had to add some material to the back of the vise block. I think the screw was meant for a press. I bought it from Grizzly (about $14). The screw for the leg vise came from Lee Valley. Much more appropriately sized (about $40).

I built an easily removable tool tray that is mounted on the back side with a couple short lengths of dowel.

My first project using the workbench is a tool chest that I’m making for my grandson. He’s only six weeks old, so although I may carve his initials in the lid, I’ll probably use the tool chest myself for the next 15 or 20 years before I give it to him.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA





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WayneC

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#1 posted 364 days ago

Looks great Michael.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 364 days ago

Michael, fine job. You might want to post some pics on the workbench smackdown thread.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#3 posted 364 days ago

”...this is closer to a dog cart.”

Doesn’t look like it to me! More than a few english-style benches out there and they’re more than capable of helping you create great work! It’s clear you put alot of effort into the build and the result is outstanding.

Ditto to what Kevin said. Add “Smackdown” to the tag word list and hit up the thread, too! Lots of bench talk, no waiting…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Don W

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#4 posted 364 days ago

Excellent!

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#5 posted 364 days ago

Lovely work Michael. Really well planned and executed, well done,

Garry

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Garry-Macdonald-Woodwork/425518554215355?ref=hl

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#6 posted 364 days ago

very nice

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#7 posted 364 days ago

Very nice. You did a great job!

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#8 posted 364 days ago

I have been wanting to build that type of bench. I just think it’s a great old design. Great job on yours!

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#9 posted 364 days ago

That is one beautiful bench. I really like the angled leg vise. You don’t see that every day and it looks very functional

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#10 posted 364 days ago

Nice looking bench Michael don’t know about the dog cart remark .

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#11 posted 364 days ago

Michael, I also agree that it’s not a dog cart. I also built this bench, though I didnt angle the legs.
I know Schwarz had it in his book (which I have). It originally done by Nicholson in England where I think they would build these benches in houses that were being built. I love mine and yours looks great too.

-- Stevo

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#12 posted 364 days ago

awesome bench – great job
i hope you have many more great projects in store

-- Greg Simon

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mafe

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#13 posted 364 days ago

Lovely bench.
Really like it.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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mike1950

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#14 posted 364 days ago

Nice bench- Have ya scratched it yet- that is what matters. :)

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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doubleDD

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#15 posted 364 days ago

One heck of a bench you built. Beautiful. Now put some rails on it and some felt and we’ll shoot a game of pool. ha ha. Great job.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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