|Forum topic by JimDantin||posted 11-16-2010 11:31 PM||5708 views||2 times favorited||7 replies|
11-16-2010 11:31 PM
I’ve been working on a new workbench. It is Roubo style, but made from LVL (aka Gluelam)—inspired by the Gluebo bench article in the November 2009 Popular Woodworking.
I made some design changes to simplify and strengthen the joints. The top and base are constructed from some 14” x 20’ LVL beams that I bought on craigslist. I did a Sketchup model early in the project. There have been some minor revisions, mainly dealing with the addition of a hardwood skin.
Pictures of the build are in my Workbench Project album#.
It’s getting close to being finished. The LVL material has been quite nice to work with. I ended up using two main board sizes—3” for the top, and 5” for the legs and stringers. It’s mostly held together with Titebond III glue, with a few screws here and there for added (but probably unnecessary) support. It is VERY solid with absolutely no racking.
The joints are designed around construction-grade tools—I am not a skilled cabinetmaker, and beautiful joints are not in my skillset yet—the bench is going to be a woodworking training tool for me. I ripped the beams on my Ryobi BT3000 tablesaw. I used a dado stack for four of the leg mortises. I used my Dewalt planer extensively to true up the LVL and to finish the cherry. All other cuts were made on a miter saw. I used a router to mortise out the back if the vise face and to clean to the leg tenons. Lots of clamps, many recharges of the batteries for my drill/drivers, and some hand plane work to clean up the top.
I designed in an antique Wilton vise, a pair of Gramercy holdfasts. and will add a leg vise.
I acquired some inexpensive rough-sawn cherry and milled it for the facing skin of the bench. LVL edges splinter and chip easily, so the cherry gives it a needed reinforcement.
Questions or comments are welcome.
-- Jim, Prospect, KY