• Advertise with us
Project by MichaelT77 posted 07-23-2013 08:16 PM 3293 views 10 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

29 comments so far

View WayneC's profile


12454 posts in 2972 days

#1 posted 07-23-2013 08:45 PM

Looks great Michael.

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

View theoldfart's profile


5398 posts in 1326 days

#2 posted 07-23-2013 09:00 PM

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

View Smitty_Cabinetshop's profile (online now)


11327 posts in 1493 days

#3 posted 07-23-2013 09:07 PM

”...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

View Don W's profile

Don W

16140 posts in 1442 days

#4 posted 07-23-2013 09:12 PM


-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

View albachippie's profile


669 posts in 1910 days

#5 posted 07-23-2013 09:21 PM

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


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

View Cantputjamontoast's profile


415 posts in 2307 days

#6 posted 07-23-2013 09:53 PM

very nice

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

View Greg72's profile


56 posts in 987 days

#7 posted 07-23-2013 10:22 PM

Very nice. You did a great job!

View StumpyNubs's profile


6385 posts in 1675 days

#8 posted 07-23-2013 10:23 PM

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

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at:

View johnstoneb's profile


1105 posts in 1047 days

#9 posted 07-23-2013 11:24 PM

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

View robdem's profile


358 posts in 1481 days

#10 posted 07-23-2013 11:34 PM

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

View stevo_wis's profile


100 posts in 1902 days

#11 posted 07-23-2013 11:53 PM

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

View gsimon's profile


707 posts in 988 days

#12 posted 07-24-2013 12:43 AM

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

-- Greg Simon

View mafe's profile


10275 posts in 1964 days

#13 posted 07-24-2013 12:57 AM

Lovely bench.
Really like it.
Best thoughts,

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

View mike1950's profile


325 posts in 673 days

#14 posted 07-24-2013 01:31 AM

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

View doubleDD's profile (online now)


3267 posts in 918 days

#15 posted 07-24-2013 01:48 AM

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

showing 1 through 15 of 29 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics