Benchcrafted Rubo style workbench

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Project by LukeB posted 04-08-2019 01:57 PM 1703 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this workbench out of silver maple and cherry. I took a class with Mark over at plate11 woodworking down near Ozark MO (by Springfield). I learned a lot and had a great time taking the class. It just worked out that my dad had the same week off, so we both made benches at the same time. It was a ton of work, probably 50+ hours in total even with Mark’s help and class prep. I’m very happy with how it turned out and had a great Dad-son experience.

Every surface has a hand planed finish, which was definitely a first for me. I did have to sand a little of the inside curve of the leg chop as I couldn’t get my spokeshaves to speak to me on that part. Vices have already been a godsend, even in just the week since I got it in my shop.

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#1 posted 04-08-2019 02:23 PM

A great simple / design of a sturdy bench. Should last you for many great years of use. Great post

-- Imitating is the best form of flattery

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#2 posted 04-08-2019 03:27 PM

great bench build and having that time with your dad is priceless,nice job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 04-08-2019 05:21 PM

A great job to you and your dad.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 04-09-2019 01:08 AM

Nice! Good job getting your dad involved.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 04-09-2019 01:22 AM

The really fun part is going to be loading his bench and taking it from Missouri to Texas this summer. I’m thinking its going to go down in pieces.

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#6 posted 04-09-2019 05:15 AM

Great story, great work, and a great bench!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#7 posted 04-09-2019 11:53 AM

Nice story. I agree with everyone – great work!

-- Petey

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#8 posted 04-09-2019 01:02 PM

Great bench and great story…. very cool that you could do it with your dad.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#9 posted 04-09-2019 01:50 PM

How wonderful, to build a bench with your father.
Lovely benches, fine work.
Best thoughts,

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

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#10 posted 04-09-2019 10:06 PM

Beautiful work! I wish I had a bench that nice. You and your dad should be proud.

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#11 posted 04-10-2019 12:27 AM

two super looking benches!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 04-10-2019 04:09 AM

Great bench, absolutely awesome story. Treasure both.

Thanks for sharing, and congrats on your 3, both of you should get one :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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#13 posted 04-13-2019 03:19 PM

I want one! Really, really badly.

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