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Project by YouthfullMind posted 06-28-2019 03:08 PM 1092 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Earlier this year I completed a split top roubo style bench. The next step was to make a chest for my tools that I would attach under the bench. I have never dovetailed before so I chose these methods so I could learn some new skills. I loosely based the design on a shaker style chest on FWW, but changed the dimensions, number of drawers, etc. to fit my needs. Here are the details:

1. Carcase is made of white oak
2. Through dovetails on the top corners of the carcase
3. Sliding dovetails for the bottom of carcase and drawer dividers
4. Raised panel back made using cove cuts on the table saw
5. Drawer sides are poplar, and fronts are quarter sawn bur oak
6. Back of drawers are through dovetails, fronts are half blind
7. Drawer pulls are black walnut and were made on the router table
8. Doors are quarter sawn figured bur oak panels
9. Finish is 2 coats of danish oil natural

I’m happy with how it turned out. I spent a fair amount of time practicing dovetailing before I cut the carcase panels. No gaps in my dovetails so I’d call it a success! All dovetails were hand cut, but sliding dovetails were made with the router. Lots of firsts on this project: through dovetails, half blinds, sliding dovetails, resawing figured wood for panels, raised panels using table saw cove, drawers. Approximate weight of bench is VERY HEAVY.








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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 06-28-2019 03:10 PM

Darn Youthie… that’s one helluva lot better than the furniture in my house… expensive house!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 06-28-2019 03:52 PM

Fantastic work. Looks like you learned how to dovetail pretty quickly. They look very tight for this being your first dovetail project.

Keep up the god work

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therealSteveN

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#3 posted 06-28-2019 05:11 PM

Way too pretty to stick in my shop, but if that’s the bench, the furniture ought to be fabulous. Those DTs don’t look anything like my first one’s.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 06-28-2019 05:23 PM

Wow! That’s beautiful… I hope to get my dovetails that great looking!

-- Thomas, Simi Valley, California

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#5 posted 06-28-2019 05:56 PM

That is a fine looking bench Youthfull. The drawer pulls are a nice touch. Is there any plan to add a sliding deadman? If yes, how will you accommodate holdouts in it?

BTW, how do you like the bench casters? I’ve had them on my bench for about a year and they are working well for me.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 06-28-2019 07:33 PM

Wow…..
Another proud member of the furniture for a workbench club!

Definite candidate for work bench smack down thread!
https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/302785
Don’t forget the bondo pose …...

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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YouthfullMind

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#7 posted 06-28-2019 09:18 PM

Thanks for all of the nice comments.


That is a fine looking bench Youthfull. The drawer pulls are a nice touch. Is there any plan to add a sliding deadman? If yes, how will you accommodate holdouts in it?

BTW, how do you like the bench casters? I ve had them on my bench for about a year and they are working well for me.

- theoldfart

To be honest, I sort of forgot to accommodate the sliding deadman when I made the drawer pulls. I have a dado cut under the top to accommodate a sliding deadman. I have a little over 5/8” clearance in front of the drawer pulls for a deadman. I have enough room to add a thinner deadman, but it would need to be removed and stored on the side of the bench when not in use. I’ll probably add one when the need arises. The casters have been working great so far. My whole shop is on wheels and it makes clean up so much easier.

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#8 posted 06-28-2019 11:24 PM

Wow… that’s one heck of a bench!! It’s basically exactly what I want someday but my skills need some work first!! I wouldn’t know where to start without a plan!!

Great job

-- Matt R

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#9 posted 06-29-2019 12:11 AM

That is one fantastic looking bench.

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#10 posted 06-29-2019 12:29 AM

Stunning

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#11 posted 06-29-2019 02:35 AM

Thats a great looking bench, built to last, your kids, kids will remember and thank you.

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#12 posted 06-29-2019 04:05 AM

My post said holdouts, it should have read holdfasts.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#13 posted 06-29-2019 01:26 PM

wow beautiful workbench!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#14 posted 06-29-2019 01:33 PM



My post said holdouts, it should have read holdfasts.

- theoldfart

I wasn’t planning on using the holdfasts on the sliding deadman. I would have some wood “buttons” to place into the holes of the deadman to create a shelf to support the long board. Then I’d just clamp it to the face of the bench.

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#15 posted 06-30-2019 12:31 AM

Tremendous job.

-- AJ

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