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A Brand New Bench Video!

comments (12) May 5th, 2010 in blogs

jtetreault John Tetreault, Associate Art Director
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Well have to keep the final design of this Roubo-style bench under wraps for now. That said, Ive included a few sneak peek photos in this blog post.
Wood with a history gives this bench its character.
Youll also learn how to make your own wooden bench dogs. Mine even include leather pads that keep work pieces from slipping or getting marred.
Well have to keep the final design of this Roubo-style bench under wraps for now. That said, Ive included a few sneak peek photos in this blog post. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

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.


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
deadman.
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.



posted in: blogs, WorkBench, video workshop, roubo


Comments (12)

timb1 timb1 writes: What brand vise hardware did you use?

Posted: 10:03 am on November 2nd

GEide GEide writes: don't quote me on this... but we're shooting for a September publish date. More to come... -Gina, FineWoodworking.com
Posted: 4:02 pm on May 25th

Woodbeee Woodbeee writes: Just curious. Where are we with this? Any date picked for when the first video will be available?
Posted: 9:05 am on May 22nd

jtetreault jtetreault writes: I went with metal vise screws, but the with the design of this bench, you can choose to install any hardware you like.
John
Posted: 10:56 am on May 10th

jmd199 jmd199 writes: Just curious if you used metal or wood vise screws for the vises?


Posted: 8:39 pm on May 6th

Ed_Pirnik Ed_Pirnik writes: LOL. Trust me, you haven't seen a bench with these details;)
Unfortunately, I can't spill the beans - yet.

Cheers,

Ed
Posted: 2:24 pm on May 6th

bko bko writes: I agree with the other comments that workbench design, and Roubo-style workbenches in particular, have been thoroughly explored in my "other favorite" woodworking magazine. It would be nice to see FWW cover other, less well plowed territory.
Posted: 1:59 pm on May 6th

sleepydad sleepydad writes: CreatingSawdust writes: No offense but hasn't this bench been so playing in another magazine?!?

ditto guys?
Posted: 1:47 pm on May 6th

CreatingSawdust CreatingSawdust writes: No offense but hasn't this bench been so playing in another magazine?!?
Posted: 11:40 am on May 6th

Ed_Pirnik Ed_Pirnik writes: Hi Gary,

Right now we're in the editing process. To give you an idea how in depth the whole process is - we've got about 11 or 12 one hour tapes to go through! The workshop will be up in the coming months and I'll probably chime in again via the blogs as the premiere date approaches. Hope that helps!

I can tell you that this project - the sheer scale, etc, was a doozey! In fact, that "colleague that wound up with a prescription for muscle relaxants?" Yeah, that was me. Ha ha ha.

Cheers,

Ed

Posted: 10:41 am on May 6th

garysweeney garysweeney writes: Any idea when this video will be available. I was planning a new workbench soon and would love to see this first.
Gary
Posted: 5:22 pm on May 5th

Jerry S Jerry S writes: Wow! This bench looks like one The Incredible Hulk would like to have in his workshop. Can't wait to see the videos.
Posted: 4:53 pm on May 5th

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