Cobblers Bench

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Project by Richard posted 02-09-2010 04:34 AM 7951 views 4 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Original Project and Comments went Bye Bye! (Hacked Off) I Found The Missing Pictures though.

If you have any questions or comments, Please ask away. It’s back on my ”Watch List”.

My Pleasure to Reply.

Thanks: Rick

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#1 posted 02-09-2010 04:38 AM

That’s a great cobblers bench and nice finsh too.


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#2 posted 02-09-2010 04:47 AM

Very nice bench. Well done.

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#3 posted 02-09-2010 04:51 AM

That’s super – I’d like one like that!


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#4 posted 02-09-2010 05:14 AM

Very nice – especially considering that you were limited regarding the power tools you had available. I’m curious about how you attached the legs. It is not obvious in the pictures and not addressed in your narrative.

b.t.w. – If you love drywall screws you will really love Kregs wood screws although they are a little pricier.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 02-09-2010 05:27 AM

nice bench now for shoes
I take a 13 eee narrow in the heal “like a clown”

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#6 posted 02-09-2010 05:47 AM

Is that a monkey chasing a weasel in the background?

-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17

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#7 posted 02-09-2010 06:27 AM

Great looking piece! Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 02-09-2010 06:29 AM

Thanks for the Great Comments Guys!

Rich, GOOD POINT! In answer to your question about the legs. I originally bought 2 sets of those Angled Leg Attachments from Home Depot, The ones you screw on the underside and then using the supplied Lag/Machine Srew, Screw the leg to the fitting.

I just didn’t like using them on this project because of the Nature of the Project and they were partially visible from above when the Bench was sitting on the floor. Also where the Lag Screw attached into the Top of the Leg was NOT all that Strong!

So I cut the tops of the Pine 2×4’s at the appropriate angle (Bit of a Head Scratcher) marked their location from the underside and drilled a small Pilot Hole from the bottom up through the top. Then drilled the appropriate size Drywall Screwhole back down through to the underside. Then a “Deepish” Countersink Hole from the top.

Applied Glue to the top of the legs, positioned them, and srewed the legs in from the top with 2-1/2” Drywall screws (2 in each leg). Plugged the holes on top with 3/8” Dowels, cut and sanded them flush with the top surface. WALLA! Job done and they are There to Stay!! You can just barely see the Dowels on the First Picture above, on the Leg closest to the Camera

Thanks for asking Rich. It amounts to ALL of us gaining a little more knowledge. ”Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know all there is to know.”

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#9 posted 02-09-2010 06:57 AM

Nice job Rick. I can see you’re not new to woodworking just LumberJocks. Welcome aboard. See what I did there? A-board. LOL. Anyway, just one quick question, does the cobbler’s bench represent a bench a real cobbler would have used? If so, how would that work? Also, what is mahogany panelling? That’s more than one, so just pick any one or all to answer, or none.


-- Jim

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#10 posted 02-09-2010 09:23 AM

Hi Jim: Thanks for the Enquiry.

There were MANY different styles of Cobblers Benches that evolved CLOSE TO what you see here.

Basically the Cobbler would sit sideways on the front portion of the Bench, usually wore a Very Heavy Leather Apron and the bulk, if not all, of his work was done by hand, in his lap. His Tools were kept at the Top (Where my Drawer Section Is.) of the Bench right beside him. Sometimes they just laid in a Flat area, other times they had some sort of Tool Storage/Holders there.

So you can see where the “Modern Version” pretty well evolved from, Actually it’s not that far from the real thing. Certainly the Real Thing would have been made from any type of available Lumber and the Condition it was in would not have been a concern, other than NOT caving in when He sat on it …LOL….

Luan Mahogany Panelling is/was a sheet of Mahogany Veneer Plwood 4’x8’ about a 1/4” thick, usually unfinished. When we had our Construction Company about 100 Years ago it was very popular for Panelling Recreation Rooms, Family Rooms Etc.. It was also inexpensive. We also used it as Underlayment (Reverse Side Up) for say, a new kitchen floor or to level various areas prior to installation of the new floor.

I think what I used for my My Bench came as a 2’x2’ Handy Panel from ? Store.

AND! Forget the “or none” in your Response My Friend (Tongue In Cheek) ;-} ALWAYS a Pleasure to impart whatever Meager Knowledge I have, or have been able to Retain …HA! HA! Especially on this Great Site!!


HANG ON!! I had a couple of the Real Things that I took pictures of a LONG TIME AGO If I can find them on my Computer I’ll TRY and Add it to the above pictures. Good Luck Rick …LOL….

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#11 posted 02-09-2010 10:13 AM

Nice job. Welcome to LJ. Interesting story.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 02-09-2010 12:49 PM

Hey Rick,
Sweet design and finish…well done.

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#13 posted 02-09-2010 03:28 PM

Rick, I think the way you attached the legs on this piece was a very good approach. Another option may have been dowels (2 per leg) that go into the base, almost to the top, and into the leg. However, it is real tricky to get the holes for the dowels perfectly aligned on a project like this.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#14 posted 02-09-2010 05:15 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! You did an excellent job on the Cobbler’s Bench. I used to always use drywall screws but was told that they are more prone to breaking than a regular wood screw. I don’t think this is necessarily true with soft woods such as pine or poplar but is probably true with hard woods. I have switch to square hole screws from McFeely and find the to be the easiest screws to use. The square hole in the head compared to either Philips or Slotted is much easier to drive and maintain on the driver. Again, an absolutely incredible job!

-- Richard

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#15 posted 02-09-2010 05:21 PM

Cool project. I like your approach to attaching the drawer fronts.
Good job.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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