A Brand New Bench Video!
If you’re in the market for a workbench soon, you’ll want to wait until you check out my upcoming video workshop featuring a modern take on the classic French workbench by Roubo. We finished shooting the video about two weeks ago, and although I can’t go into too much detail regarding the design or construction (you’ll have to wait for the video), I thought I’d give you a sneak peek.
The bench’s sliding
The base is an exercise in traditional joinery on a larger scale. It incorporates pegged tenons, wedged double tenons, and an 18th century timber frame joint you may not have seen yet: a dovetailed through tenon, with an angled haunch and wedge.
The top is of 4″ thick solid rock maple with a twin-screw front vise and tail vise on the far end. The entire bench weighs in at about 475 pounds, but knocks down to be moved by two people with strong backs. A big thanks to all my co-workers who helped me move the large timbers around during construction. The top was so heavy in fact, that one colleague wound up with a prescription for muscle relaxants after moving it!
And if you do decide to build this bench, I hope your children—and grandchildren—enjoy woodworking, because this workhorse will be around for generations.
We’ve covered a variety of workbench projects over the years, here at Fine Woodworking. Below, you’ll find a collection of some of our most popular projects. Enjoy!
|A Workbench 30-Years in the Making
Hand-tool expert Garrett Hack designs his second bench, based on everything he’s learned over the course of the past three decades.
|Making a Roubo Workbench
Contributor Mike Flaim’s five-part blog series on constructing an economical Roubo-style bench.
With six pipe clamps and some dressed framing lumber, you can make an inexpensive bench that’s as versatile as a Swiss Army Knife. Plus, don’t miss the additional video coverage!
A Dedicated Sharpening Bench
|VIDEO: Matt’s Monster Workbench
This solid, versatile bench works well for hand or power tool use. The seven-episode video series takes you through the building process, step-by-step.
|A Bench Built to Last
This workbench has a wide top and a sturdy base that provides solid footing and plenty of storage space.
We'll have to keep the final design of this Roubo-style bench under wraps for now. That said, I've included a few sneak peek photos in this blog post.
Wood with a history gives this bench its character.
You'll also learn how to make your own wooden bench dogs. Mine even include leather pads that keep work pieces from slipping or getting marred.